The Ultimate Destinations for Adventure Travel

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While each country offers unique adventures, some destinations seem to cater to the true adventurers. If you're looking for destinations offering ultimate adventures, refer to our list below. These destinations are guaranteed to satisfy your craving for thrilling experiences, whether you're into surfing, hiking, or white-water rafting. 

So, here are the ultimate destinations for adventure travel.

The Ultimate Destinations for Adventure Travel

Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is an adventurer's playground. It's home to many beautiful islands that will have you covered when it comes to satisfying your thirst for adventures. From surfing the waves of Waikiki Beach to hiking the Na Pali Coast, Hawaii is one of the world's best destinations for adventure travel.

If you're into cycling, you should experience the thrill of riding a bike downhill on the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. The exciting adventure offers the exhilaration of a 4,000-foot downhill ride in the stunning Volcanoes National Park. For surfers, head to the wild and scenic North Shore in Oahu to test your skills. The area hosts some of the world's most prestigious surfing competitions, where you'll see your favourite surfers live in action. There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of watching professional surfers take on the giant waves.

Kauai is often called the Garden Isle for its exceptional beauty, is where you will find some of the most thrilling adventures Hawaii can offer. You can hike the Na Pali Coast, an undeveloped area of over 6,000 acres, which you can explore by hiking its 11-mile rugged trail.  

Surfing in Hawaii. From The Ultimate Destinations for Adventure Travel

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos is an archipelago of diverse islands home to active volcanoes, idyllic beaches, and stunning wildlife reserves. It offers countless amazing adventures geared towards nature and wildlife lovers. From hiking to diving and kayaking, touring the stunning Galapagos Islands will allow for the kind of adventure you will never forget!

Galapagos will be the perfect place to trek, with its breathtaking landscapes. You will walk through pre-charted trails taking you through remote areas where you could come across incredible wildlife, such as giant tortoises. There are also camping sites where you can spend the night if you prefer to take on multi-day treks. If you want to explore on a bike, you'll find many cycling trails taking you through small villages, such as the islands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. Adventurous cyclists can try riding from the top of the Sierra Negra volcano and then biking downhill, which is a truly exhilarating experience!

If you prefer to explore from the water, kayaking is for you. Most cruises in the Galapagos will include kayaking activities, as it's a fun way to explore the rugged coastlines and hidden bays. On your kayaking adventure of the Galapagos, you'll paddle alongside graceful sea turtles gliding through the water and see countless seals patrolling the coast—a truly wonderful adventure!

Sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. From The Ultimate Destinations for Adventure Travel


Argentina is a gorgeous country with fascinating culture and history, a vibrant nightlife scene, and distinct, beautiful geography. The best way to appreciate everything the country offers is to take on adventures. You can go horseback riding in the Andean foothills, glacier-trekking in Patagonia, or hiking around the famous Iguazu falls. 

Argentina is one of the few countries that allows you to walk on a glacier. For this activity, head to Glacier Perito Moreno, one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. While most visitors will view the glacier from the catwalks, trekking across the glacier's plateaus is a more thrilling experience. Horseback riding in the foothills of the Andes is another exciting activity to try in Argentina. After the fun ride, head to Argentina's famous wine region and treat yourself to the country's most delectable wines. 

Your visit to Argentina won't be complete without seeing the Iguazu Falls, one of the country's top tourist attractions. Straddling along Argentina's border with Brazil, Iguazu is a sight to behold! Hiking is the best way to fully soak up the stunning views around this magnificent natural wonder. Follow the path through lush jungles, where you'll find vantage points to admire the incredible waterfalls.

Glaciers in Argentina. From The Ultimate Destinations for Adventure Travel


Offering one-of-a-kind adventures, Mongolia is a true paradise for adventure travellers. Its incredibly diverse landscapes are the perfect setting for adventurous experiences. From exploring the captivating Altai mountains on a horse to camel trekking around the Gobi Desert, Mongolia will let you step out of your comfort zone and explore off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Horseback riding has been a significant part of the local culture of Mongolia. Thus, one of the best ways to explore this fascinating country is through horseback riding. While you can explore incredible places in Mongolia by horseback, the route to the Altai Mountains offers the most fantastic experience. It takes you deep into the majestic mountains, passing across local villages that have been home to nomadic families. And with the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop, it's an experience you will never forget!  

The Gobi Desert is massive, stretching to more than 500,000 square miles of arid plateaus, rocky outcroppings and rolling dunes, offering some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. Exploring the desert on a camel ride is a thrilling experience, which also includes the opportunity to sleep in a traditional tent in the middle of the vast desert.

Horseback riding in Mongolia. From The Ultimate Destinations for Adventure Travel

New Zealand

New Zealand is one of those countries perfectly suited for adventurous travellers. It's a gorgeous country offering numerous thrilling activities, from skydiving and bungee jumping to rafting and zip lining! Indeed, New Zealand provides the thrill and excitement you may not find anywhere else!

Skydiving is one of the most exhilarating activities you can try in New Zealand. If you are brave enough to try it, head to the town of Taupo on North Island and try tandem skydiving over the scenic central plateau with views of the lakes and snow-capped volcanoes in the background. 

If you're scared of heights, white water rafting suits you best. Lake Taupo is the best place to go rafting in New Zealand, where you ride through over fifty tidal rapids and narrow volcanic canyons while passing along a hidden waterfall.

Whitewater rapids in New Zealand. From The Ultimate Destinations for Adventure Travel