Do you like thrills, even and especially in vacances ? Forget it, we have looked for you to find the best destinations for extreme sports: voici !
Whether you are an expert or a beginner, take up the challenge and face your fears: surf on a volcano, explore sea caves, climb an ice wall or fly over fabulous landscapes all over the world!
Surfing on a volcano, Nicaragua
Adrenaline rushes during the descent of the Cerro Negro in Nicaragua. The youngest volcano in Central America is still active, its last eruption was in 1999. It became one of the country’s major tourist attractions after an Australian had the idea of using various objects to descend the slopes of the volcano faster. First with a mattress, then with a fridge door, he then designed a kind of wooden sled to achieve the result that we can experience today: a descent at 80 km/h on a slope inclined at 41°. The experience is unforgettable, but don’t be afraid to get dirty, considering the ash clouds raised during the descente !
Flying in Wingsuit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is one of the most exuberant places on the planet. There are thousands of things to do and see, and for thrill-seekers, it is the ideal destination. With perfect weather conditions all year round, Palm Jumeirah is one of the most spectacular sites. The maximum altitude reaches 3962 m above sea level. From this height, the view of Palm Island and the surrounding area is just breathtaking.
Heli-skiing in Riksgränsen, Sweden
With more than 200 ski regions spread from the south to the north of the Arctic Circle, Sweden is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders. No wonder that the country has seen the birth of many champions of monde ! Test the Swedish slopes in Riksgränsen, the coldest resort in Sweden, 200 kilometres from the Arctic Circle. Atypical and popular, it attracts heli-skiing enthusiasts who have come down the 1400 m of altitude difference. There are slopes for all levels, and as the sun does not really set anymore from June, you can even ski until late at night, under natural light.
Dive into the cenotes of Tulum, Mexico
The Maya Riviera is home to the world’s second longest coral reef. It allows the exploration of real sunken worlds, that of cenotes, aquatic caves whose depth can reach tens of meters. There are thousands of natural wells between Akumal and Tulum and all are more or less connected to each other. Well mapped for the most part, they can be explored without too much difficulty using fixed Ariadne wires. Among the largest sites are those of Ponderosa, Car Wash, Dos Ojos or Gran Cenote.
Ice climbing in Valdez, Alaska
For years now, rock climbers have been competing against the terrain of Keystone Canyon. Located 20 km from the city of Valdez, it is simply the best ice wall in the United States. Other well-known sites such as Mineral Creek, Solomon Gulch, Hole in the Wall and Sheep Creek also attract climbers from all over the world.
Parachute jumping over Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Jumping over a dream landscape in New Brunswick? It is possible, and more than twice than une ! The country is widely known among extreme sports enthusiasts, the most popular of which is parachuting over the Fox Glacier. Other sites such as Queenstown or the heavenly beaches of Abel Tasman also offer spectacular views.
Swimming with sharks in South Africa
While the reputation of the great white shark has been slightly exaggerated in movies like Jaws, it is still better to stay at a suitable distance. And if you really want to observe its powerful jaw and 50 teeth, do it from inside a cage. That’s what we’re offering you in Gansbaai, South Africa. You shouldn’t be afraid to dive into cold water, or, of course, to come face to face with the terror of the oceans, but the experience promises to be inoubliable !
Running after a cheese in Brockworth, United Kingdom
Yes, there is indeed a competition that consists in chasing after a cheese, and yes, it definitely deserves its place among extreme sports! It must be explained that the cheese is thrown by the organizers from the top of a hill, which is then rushed down by the hundreds of participants. It is to whoever catches it first, and I might as well tell you that injuries and accidents are here currency courante ! So if you’re not afraid to fall and end up driving down the hill towards Brockworth, in Gloucestershire, where this atypical race takes place every year.