South America

South America

Discover great South America travels, destinations and adventures

From the rugged peaks of the Andes Mountains to the stunning rainforests of the Amazon, South America is home to many natural wonders that make it the perfect location for an adventure trip. Among the most popular and best places to visit in South America are Chile, Argentina, Peru and Brazil but you can find adventure travel throughout the continent.

Located along the southwestern edge of South America and nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, Chile stretches 2,670 miles from north to south and includes a diverse range of landscapes. At the northern end you can explore the Atacama Desert, which is the driest desert in the world, by hiking, bicycling and horseback riding through the arid land. Head south to find the remote wilderness of Patagonia, where you can go fly fishing in the mountain rivers and lakes.

The vast area of Patagonia continues into southern Argentina, where you can find impressive glaciers, expansive plains and lots of wildlife. With so much to explore either by hiking or horseback, it’s no wonder Patagonia is often considered one of the best places to visit in South America.

When it comes to adventure vacations and South America travel, Brazil is a must. From the Amazon rainforest to the 4,650 mile of coastline, Brazil has all the makings of an adventure trip to remember. Try sea kayaking in Costa Verde or visit the Pantanal to see the largest concentration of wildlife in the Americas. Visit Iguazu Falls on its border with Argentina for a breathtaking experience.

Many people travel to Peru to view the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas of Cusco and Valle Sagrado. On this adventure trip you can explore the ruins of Machu Picchu, mountain bike in Cusco and see llamas in the Andes Mountains.

Let us help you make the right decision regarding South America travel by taking a look at our travel videos

Chile

explora Patagonia Hotel
explora Patagonia Hotel
explora Atacama
explora Atacama
National Parks & Reserves
National Parks & Reserves
Beach Life
Beach Life
Patagonia Fly Fishing
Patagonia Fly Fishing

Argentina

Spectacular Iguazu Falls
Spectacular Iguazu Falls
Hike Patagonia
Hike Patagonia
Horseback Adventure
Horseback Adventure
Patagonia Walking & Hiking
Patagonia Walking & Hiking

Peru

explora Valle Sagrado
explora Valle Sagrado
Whitewater Rafting,
Bike & SUP
Whitewater Rafting,
Bike & SUP
Cusco Peru
Mountain Biking
Cusco Peru
Mountain Biking
Lima Adventures
Lima Adventures
Hiking to Machu Picchu
Hiking to Machu Picchu

Brazil

Jericoacoara Water
Adventures
Jericoacoara Water
Adventures
Sea Kayaking in Costa Verde
Sea Kayaking in Costa Verde
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls
The Pantanal Wildlife
Adventures
The Pantanal Wildlife
Adventures

Oceans & Rivers

Oceans & Rivers

Sail the Open Ocean or River Enjoying a Spa Experience

There’s nothing quite like being on the water. Whether you chose to embark on your adventure trip via raft, jet boat, river boat or cruise ship, there are plenty of active adventures to be found throughout the world on its many rivers and oceans.

Adventure vacations take on a whole new meaning when you choose to explore the water by smaller boats. From Alaska’s Denali National Park to Colorado’s Arkansas River, you can find thrilling whitewater rafting excursions or visit New Zealand for an exciting jet boat ride down the Shotover River.

For a less intense adventure, plan a trip aboard a hotel barge, which is a small river boat accommodating between six and 20 passengers, to see the stunning beauty and rich history of Europe with European Waterways. The intimate river cruises sail through various regions, including Italy, France, England, Ireland and more. Viking River Cruises navigate the Danube, Rhine and Elbe Rivers in Europe with Viking longships. You could even set sail along the Nile in Egypt, Yangtze in China or Volga in Russia.

For those who prefer large cruise ships, head out on an ocean adventure with Windstar Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line or Princess Cruises. Princess Cruises offers active adventures throughout the Caribbean while both Windstar and Norwegian sail in many places around the world. There are tons of adventure vacations just waiting for you to explore, plus you’ll have plenty of opportunities to kick back, relax and enjoy the onboard amenities.

Watch these travel videos and start planning the on-the-water adventure trip, whether it be on a river boat or ocean cruise, of your dreams!

Oceans & Rivers

Windstar Cruises
Windstar Cruises
Arkansas River Rafting, Colorado
Arkansas River Rafting, Colorado
Scotland Barge Cruise
Scotland Barge Cruise
Denali Raft Adventures
Denali Raft Adventures
Cruising the Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley, NW Australia
Cruising the Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley, NW Australia
Whitewater Rafting in Queenstown, New Zealand
Whitewater Rafting in Queenstown, New Zealand

Shotover Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown, NZ

Shotover Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown, NZ

Viking Cruises Longship Tours

Viking Cruises Longship Tours
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise the Caribbean with Princess Cruises
Cruise the Caribbean with Princess Cruises

Korea

Korea

Hike Mountain Trails & Bamboo Forests then eat Great Food

Not only is Korea rich in history and culture but it’s also an exciting adventure travel destination. Fill your Korea trip with hiking excursions in the region’s jagged mountains, a visit to Jeju Island and other active adventures.

Take your Korea vacation to new heights by hiking in the Bukhan-san National Park where you can get a stunning view of nearby Seoul and find over 100 Buddhist temples. For those seeking the ultimate in active adventures, consider the Jiri-san National Park, which is Korea’s first and largest national park, and is also home to Cheonwang-bong, the highest summit on South Korea’s mainland at 6,283 feet. With multiple peaks to explore, including Banyabong and Nogodan, you can spend several days of your adventure trip hiking these mountains.

Visit Korea to discover other popular spots for adventure vacations, such as Jeju Island and the snow-covered peaks of Pyeongchang, home of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Places to visit on Jeju include Seongsan Ilchulbong, an impressive 1,968 foot wide crater formed by volcanic eruptions on the edge of a cliff overlooking the water, and Hallasan, an extinct volcano that is the highest peak n South Korea at 6,398 feet.

Korean holidays are also perfect for learning about the area’s cultural history. Visit the Jeonju Hanok Village to view over 800 traditional Korean houses or stop by the Korean Folk Village to see artifacts from the late Joseon period, which spanned five centuries and ended in 1897. Take a break from your active adventures and visit enjoy a cup of tea at Slow City Hodong.

Watch our travel videos to get a glimpse at all the active adventures that await you when you visit Korea.

Korea

Korea Beauty
Korea Beauty
Adventure Trekking
Adventure Trekking
Jirisan Hike
Jirisan Hike

Fiji

Fiji

Trekking the Mountain Ranges and Valleys from Exotic Resorts

Fiji vacations can range from a series of active adventures to a relaxing getaway at one of the many Fiji resorts. Many people travel to the Fiji islands for an adventure trip complete with surfing and diving in the turquoise waters as well as hiking and exploring the lush mountainside jungles. With 333 islands composing the archipelago, you’ll find plenty to explore on your adventure trip to Fiji.

Located more than 1,300 miles from New Zealand, Fiji is a tropical oasis in the middle of the South Pacific. However, despite its remote location, it’s easy to travel to the Fiji islands with direct flights from the United States, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

From the white sand beaches to the clear waters, it’s no wonder Fiji attracts visitors from around the world. Scuba divers and snorkelers can find more than 1,500 species of fish among a vibrant coral reef setting in the Mamunuca and Yasawa Islands . People also travel to the Fiji islands to go river rafting and kayaking through the tropical forests.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land during their Fiji vacation, you can explore the island of Taveuni, also known as the “Garden Island,” to discover lush tropical landscapes with waterfalls and wildlife. The Bouma National Heritage park takes up one-third of the island and offers lots of hiking trails and opportunities to view more than 100 species of birds.

Book a stay at one of the Fiji resorts to add a bit of luxury to your adventure travel experience. Enjoy a spa treatment, hit the links for a game of golf or take a dip in one of the sparkling pools.

Need more information before booking your next adventure vacation? Watch these travel videos to get a better idea of all the fun that awaits when you travel to the Fiji islands.

Fiji

Sheraton Resort, Tokoriki Island
Sheraton Resort, Tokoriki Island
Rivers Fiji
Rivers Fiji
Outrigger Resort
Outrigger Resort
Fiji Islands
Fiji Islands
Awesome Adventures
Awesome Adventures

New Zealand

New Zealand

Open Beaches to Vast Mountain Views and Vineyards

The natural beauty of New Zealand makes it a popular destination for adventure vacations. From the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean surrounding the island nation to the majestic mountain peaks that serve as a stunning backdrop from coast to coast, New Zealand travel offers plenty of active adventures.

The remote location in the South Pacific offers some unique things to do in New Zealand. For instance, you can visit Great Barrier Island, the world’s third Dark Sky Sanctuary, to see the night sky in all its unobstructed glory. The secluded island features one of the best environment’s in the world.for viewing the Milky Way and other celestial sights.

If you’re looking for the ultimate thrill, you’ll want to add Bungy’s assortment of daredevil activities to your list of things to do in New Zealand. With heart racing active adventures like leaping from Queenstown’s Kawarau Bridge or the Auckland Bridge or experiencing the world’s biggest catapult as you’re shot across the Nevis Valley, this is an adrenaline seeker’s dream. For a slightly less intense yet still exciting experience, you can also try zip lining at Kawarau or climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

A New Zealand vacation wouldn’t be complete without exploring the wonder of the Fiordland National Park. As the largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks, Fiordland covers over 3 million acres of glacier-carved valleys, rivers and, of course, fiords that can be explored by boat, kayak or foot. Be sure to visit the picturesque Milford Sound at the northern end of the park to view what many consider one of the natural wonders of the world.

Other popular adventure trip ideas for a New Zealand vacation include river rafting or jet boating on Queenstown’s Shotover River and whale watching in Kaikoura, where you could see sperm whales, seals and dolphins.

Browse our travel videos to discover all the adventure travel potential for a New Zealand vacation.

New Zealand

Discover NZ
Discover NZ
Azur Lodge, Queenstown
Azur Lodge, Queenstown
Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island
Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown
Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown
Nevis Bungy
Nevis Bungy
Milford Sound Adventure
Milford Sound Adventure
Fiordland National Park
Fiordland National Park
Golf at The Hills, Queenstown
Golf at The Hills, Queenstown
Whitewater Rafting in Queenstown
Whitewater Rafting in Queenstown
Whale Watching in Kaikoura
Whale Watching in Kaikoura
Sportsfishing Charters
Sportsfishing Charters
Shotover Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown
Shotover Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown
Poor Knights Island Diving
Poor Knights Island Diving
Dart River Stables, Glenorchy
Dart River Stables, Glenorchy
Sea Kayaking with Dolphins, Kaikoura
Sea Kayaking with Dolphins, Kaikoura

Australia

Australia

Amazing Sailing and Beach Adventures Await

As the world’s sixth largest country, the landscape of Australia is extremely diverse and offers many different types of adventure vacations. From the land to the sea, the list of what to do in Australia includes activities such as scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, hiking to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Outback and surfing at Sydney’s Bondi Beach .

There’s no doubt Australia is the place to be for active adventures in the water. Coastal cities, including Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, are ideal for surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Undoubtedly the most popular attraction in Australia and one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in the world, the Great Barrier Reef covers 1,430 miles and is composed of more than 3,000 individual reef systems. Many people travel to Australia to see the Great Barrier Reef by snorkeling, scuba diving and glass-bottomed boating. For an adventure trip to the Great Barrier Reef with a luxurious side, visit Queensland’s Bedarra Resort for an all-inclusive, private experience.

Western Australia, the largest state that consists of the entire western third of the country, has an abundance of adventure travel destinations. From the coastal city of Perth to the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia vacations offers something for everyone. Visit Kalbarri Sandboarding for a unique adventure travel experience as you surf down sand dunes or check out the Montgomery Reef, which is exposed at low tide and attracts wildlife, such as turtles, manta rays and reef sharks.

Australia vacations are taken to new heights with Skydive Australia, which offers you a bird’s eye view of the country from 17 locations from coast to coast. If you’re planning to travel to Australia and visit New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria or Western Australia and are seeking the ultimate adventure trip, there’s a tandem skydiving experience waiting for you.

Many active adventures await you on Australia vacations. Help decide which adventure trip best suits you by watching our travel videos.

Australia

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Western Australia
Western Australia
Bedarra Island
Bedarra Island
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Skydive Australia
Skydive Australia
Sandboarding in Kalbarri
Sandboarding in Kalbarri
Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road
The World's Biggest Open Water Surf Ski Race
The World's Biggest Open Water Surf Ski Race
Cruising the Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley
Cruising the Montgomery Reef, The Kimberley
St. Lucia Golf Links, Brisbane
St. Lucia Golf Links, Brisbane
Jet Boating in Surfers Paradise
Jet Boating in Surfers Paradise
Freycinet National Park on Tasmania's East Coast
Freycinet National Park on Tasmania's East Coast

Africa

Africa

Watch the Migration on a Kenyan Nature Game Preserve

An Africa safari may be found on many people’s bucket lists but a trip to Africa promises more than just the opportunity to spot elephants, giraffes and other exotic wildlife in their natural habitat. Adventure vacations in Africa, which is the world’s second largest continent, offer an array of exciting experiences such as kayaking, snorkeling, sandboarding and more!

Located at the tip of the continent, South Africa is home to many incredible active adventures. You can go kayaking in Tsitsikamma and explore caves and ancient forests or try snorkeling in the incredible tide pools of the Storms River. Sandboarding in Capetown and hiking the Tugula Gorge Trail in the Royal Natal National Park are also great additions to an adventure trip to Africa.

Africa tours wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Kenya, home to more than 45 national parks and reserves. From the beautiful beaches along the Indian Ocean to the peaks of Mount Kenya, there’s a lot of adventure travel to be found in this amazing country. For a unique experience, embark on a bicycle safari through the Great Plains of Kenya with Ride for Lions, a conservation effort to protect the lions’ natural habitat.

Of course, you can fulfill your dream of embarking on an Africa safari at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa or the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. Keep an eye out for lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and more spectacular wildlife.

When you’re ready, you can take a break from your Africa tours and relax in luxurious surroundings by booking a stay at Kenya’s Lake Nakuru Lodge or Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, or Villa Afrikana in South Africa.

If you need help deciding what to do on your adventure trip to Africa, take a look at our travel videos.

South Africa

Kayaking Adventure
Kayaking Adventure
Wildlife Safari
Wildlife Safari
Sand Board Atlantis Dunes
Sand Board Atlantis Dunes
Hiking the Tugela Gorge Trail
Hiking the Tugela Gorge Trail

Kenya

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
Kenya Adventures
Kenya Adventures
Lake Nakuru Lodge
Lake Nakuru Lodge
Ride for Lions
Cycling Safari
Ride for Lions
Cycling Safari

Canada

Canada

Skiing at the Whistler Resort in British Columbia

With a diverse landscape that includes the frozen tundra of the Arctic Circle, rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains and jagged coastline of the Atlantic, it’s no wonder people travel to Canada for an adventure trip of a lifetime. The list of what to see in Canada also includes sparkling lakes, sprawling prairies and towering evergreen forests.

As the second largest country in the world, it should come as no surprise that the wilds of Canada hold some of the best active adventures. From skiing and hiking to fishing and horseback riding, Canada vacations have a lot to offer explorers hoping to find adventure travel.

On the western edge lies British Columbia, home to the ski slopes of Whistler, whale watching off Vancouver Island and river rafting on the Fraser River.

Located in Alberta, Banff National Park contains 2,564 square miles of wilderness that includes glacial lakes, hiking and biking trails and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Be sure to add canoeing on the crystal blue water of Moraine Lake to your adventure travel to-do list.

If you’ve dreamed about seeing polar bears in their natural habitat, book a trip to the northern part of Manitoba, where you’ll find three luxury eco-lodges along the subarctic coast of Hudson Bay. Not only can you see these magnificent creatures up close but you can also try fly fishing and spot beluga whales.

Head even farther north into the Yukon Territory to explore the vast wilderness by horseback or take a dog mushing tour through the snow. You might even spot the Northern Lights!

Still not sure which adventure trip to embark on when you travel to Canada? Before you finalize your plans, take a look at these travel videos for ideas on what to see in Canada.

Canada

British Columbia
British Columbia
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Fraser River,
British Columbia
Fraser River,
British Columbia
Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta
Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta
Orcas in Vancouver Island, B.C.
Orcas in Vancouver Island, B.C.
Wildlife Exploration
Wildlife Exploration
Horseback Adventure
Horseback Adventure
Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island
Canoeing at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park
Canoeing at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park
Heli Fishing & Camping Experience in B.C.
Heli Fishing & Camping Experience in B.C.
Heli Glacial Lake Kayaking in B.C.
Heli Glacial Lake Kayaking in B.C.
Polar Bear Safari in Churchill, Manitoba
Polar Bear Safari in Churchill, Manitoba

Bermuda

Bermuda

Explore Sailing, Snorkeling or Scuba Diving

With 64 miles of coastline, the British territory of Bermuda attracts visitors seeking adventure travel from all over the world. Between snorkeling and scuba diving in its calm waters and golfing at one of the first class resorts, Bermuda vacations are a popular way to escape the hustle of everyday life and relax in the islands. While Bermuda is often thought to be part of the Caribbean, it’s actually located 640 miles east of South Carolina yet still enjoys a subtropical climate.

Formed by a group of volcanoes in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda consists of 181 islands with eight of the largest islands connected via bridges. Despite a land area of just over 20 square miles, the list of what to see in Bermuda is impressive. Take a bicycle ride or stroll along the Railway Trail, which served trains until 1948 and then stood abandoned until being converted into a pedestrian and bicycle trail in the 1980s. Running nearly the entire length of the main island of Bermuda, the Railway Trail is a great way to see the island and start your adventure vacation.

Of course, Bermuda travel is not complete without spending some time on or in the water. Explore the Bermuda Triangle’s more than 300 shipwrecks on a scuba or snorkeling tour where you may spot an array of sea life among the coral reefs, like barracudas, parrotfish and spiny lobster. For those who prefer to stay above the water, you can add a kayak excursion or try stand up paddle boarding to your adventure travel agenda.

There are plenty of active adventures to be found on dry land as well, particularly at the Bermuda hotels and resorts. Visit Elbow Beach to go horseback riding in the sand or practice your golf swing at the Mid Ocean Club’s beautiful coastal course.

If you need help deciding what to see in Bermuda, watch these travel videos for inspiration planning your next adventure trip.

Bermuda

Bermuda Adventures
Bermuda Adventures
Elbow Beach
Elbow Beach
Bermuda Railway Trail
Bermuda Railway Trail
Scuba Adventure
Scuba Adventure
Bermuda Triangle Shipwreck Snorkeling
Bermuda Triangle Shipwreck Snorkeling
Golf at
The Mid Ocean Club
Golf at
The Mid Ocean Club
Kayak Adventure
Kayak Adventure
Port Royal Golf Course
Port Royal Golf Course
Scuba Diving
Scuba Diving

Caribbean

Caribbean

Incredible Fishing, Sailing, Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Adventures

The sparkling turquoise water, warm tropical breeze and vibrant lush greenery of the Caribbean provide the perfect backdrop for adventure travel. Whether you dream of being pampered at a Caribbean resort or seek a vacation full of active adventures, you will find that the islands of the Caribbean have the ideal combination of relaxation and thrills.

With more than 700 islands, there’s no question that the Caribbean has a lot to offer people searching for adventure vacations. While the majority of the islands are uninhabited, you can plan an adventure trip to ride dune buggies through the jungles of Jamaica, go ziplining through the forests of the Dominican Republic or visit Puerto Rico to experience the wonders of cave tubing, which combines white water tubing with cave exploring in one of the most unique adventure vacations. The opportunities for active adventures in the Caribbean are plentiful!

If you love spending time in the water, Caribbean travel should be at the top of your list for adventure vacations. From snorkeling to sailing, you can spend hours exploring the sea and discovering a wide range of sea life, including colorful fish, vivid coral and majestic sea turtles. For an extra special adventure trip, visit Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman where you can swim with these magnificent sea creatures.

When you’re ready to relax, head to a Caribbean resort, like the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, to lounge poolside, treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment or spend an afternoon golfing.

Want to learn more about any of these active adventures? Take a look at our travel videos for more information on Caribbean vacations!

Caribbean

Jamaican Dune Buggy
Jamaican Dune Buggy
Cap Juluca, Anguilla
Cap Juluca, Anguilla
Cave Tubing in Puerto Rico
Cave Tubing in Puerto Rico
Zipline in Punta Cana
Zipline in Punta Cana
Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana
Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana
Jamaican Off-Road Adventures
Jamaican Off-Road Adventures
Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman
Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman
Baha Mar Royal Blue Golf Club, Bahamas
Baha Mar Royal Blue Golf Club, Bahamas
Cruise the Caribbean with Princess Cruises
Cruise the Caribbean with Princess Cruises