"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Top Extreme Sports Destinations

Why do people like adventure? Answers to this question might vary. Some see it as a way out from the daily grind of life. Others love nature and want to see its many beauties.

No matter your answer, if you’re looking for excitement and the chance to try out extreme sports, you should consider visiting one of the following five nations. You won’t regret it!

China

Aside from providing a breathtaking view of the sprawling metropolis, several building management groups in Chinese cities like Macao work together with crane rental service companies to provide visitors with one of the most exciting, unforgettable experiences in their lives.

An example of this is Macau Tower. With a drop of more than 233 meters, it is the largest, scariest commercial bungee jumping location in the world.

But it’s not just the cities that give tourists a rush of adrenaline, the likes of which they have never experienced before. Hidden deep in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan province, the Zhangjiajie Bridge is a testament to human architectural wonder. Made almost in its entirety of glass and hanging at 260 meters, it is the highest natural bungee jumping spot on earth.

Tired of bungee jumping? China also offers a wide variety of other extreme sports, including snowboarding, paragliding, kite surfing, and parkour.

South Africa

Lions, eagles, and black bears are modern examples of apex predators. Millions of years ago it was the Tyrannosaurus Rex. For those unfamiliar with the term, an apex predator represents the top of the food chain. There are plenty of animals and other creatures below it, but none above.

Another example is the great white shark, a natural-born killer found in different seas, on different coasts around the world including Hawaii, Australia, and South Africa. More than four meters in length and weighing in at one thousand kilograms, the South African great white shark has 300 serrated triangular teeth. You can imagine what it feels like being bitten by one.

Enter shark cage-diving, a safe, heart-wrenching way to see these beasts at close range but without becoming their mid-morning meal.

man posing next to a shark

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small, Central American country located between Panama and Nicaragua. Along with its friendly people and delicious food, it is also home to some of the most beautiful nature in the entire world. Its rainforests, waterfalls, beaches, and exotic fauna are a sight to behold.

If you love nature, adventure, and a touch of the wild, it is also a destination you won’t want to miss. Costa Rica offers both locals and foreigners the chance of an exuberant trek along the mountains and jungles of the country. If this is too easy, cute, or unexciting for you, you can try sliding down a zip-line or taking part in a canopy tour.

And it doesn’t stop there. Other extreme sports and adventure activities you can try in this tropical nation include surfing, mountain biking, skydiving, and mountaineering.

Norway

Unlike the first three, the fourth country on our list of top extreme sports destinations is one best visited during the winter. Sure, you can go to Scandinavian nations like Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark in the hotter months of the year. Yet, if you do so, you will most certainly miss one of their most exciting activities, ice climbing.

Along with having some of the best salmon in the world, Norway is filled with deep valleys and lush, fertile grounds, all frozen during the last months of the ending year and the first of the next. As a result, you can go ice climbing up a crystal waterfall while enjoying breathtaking views 360 degrees.

Sounds interesting? Of course, it does. But before you go, make sure you are aware of the essentials of ice climbing. The last thing you want is to suffer an accident that will ruin your vacation.

New Zealand

Our last entry is what many consider to be the mother nation of all extreme sports. New Zealand is famous for many things. For starters, it has the most sheep in the globe. It is also where the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was shot. It has great cuisine, a low population density, and clement weather.

But above all these things are its extreme sports. Bungee jumping was born in New Zealand. So was paragliding, white water rafting, and helicopter-skiing. For some reason, Kiwis are people passionate about adrenaline. And since the country is so remote, so far away from almost any other, nature has become an integral part of its culture.

China, South Africa, Costa Rica, and New Zealand are four of the most exciting extreme sports and adventure tourism destinations. There are plenty of others. Whether you are into bungee jumping, shark cage-driving, ice-climbing, or a combination of all three, traveling to one of these countries is an experience you won’t want to miss.

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