Only for the brave
Learn about prehistoric predators, hang-glide above picture-postcard beaches or take a zip line over tropical forests and jungles. If you like adrenaline rushes and new adventures, these destinations are for you.
1 Sail among alligators in the spectacular Everglades National Park
In the – the largest subtropical natural park in the United States – you can sail a hydrofoil through gator-filled mangroves. Declared a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve due to the wealth of its ecosystems, the area offers experienced boat pilots and is one of the country’s wildest and most pristine environments. It has three entrances (the eastern one is just an hour from Miami) and four visitor centres.
2 Fly over Ecuador’s Chocó jungle on the Mashpi Lodge cable car
Located in the Mashpi Rainforest Reserve, this lodge is the perfect spot for losing yourself in nature. At 950m above sea level, its luxurious facilities are surrounded by the forests of Ecuador’s Chocó, one of the world’s most biodiversity-rich regions. One of its main attractions is La Libélula (Dragonfly), a kind of private cable car that lets you explore this incredible setting from the sky. The route stretches over two kilometres (between two stations) and takes 40 minutes.
3 Río de Janeiro a vista de pájaro: volando en ala delta sobre Copacabana
If you’d like to see Rio de Janeiro from on high – and you have the stomach for it – a number of companies and instructors offer the opportunity to hang-glide over the so-called ‘Marvellous City’. The ride, which takes just over ten minutes, begins at the Pedra Bonita runway located 520m above sea level, and then encircles Mount Pedra
4 Una tirolina sobre el Bosque Nuboso de Monteverde, en Costa Rica
The Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the most beautiful spots in this Central American country. Numerous tours offer the chance to explore its lush forests by hanging from the sky on steel cables. As well as exploring the canopy in Monteverde, you can also swing high up on the so-called Tarzan Swing, try bungee jumping or walk among the treetops on hanging bridges that look like something out of a film. It takes two-and-a-half hours to reach the forest by car or bus from San José.