25 Legendary Places For The Hardcore Travelers To Visit

Why venture to an expensive resort when our planet is teeming with adventure, from unexplored caves to monumental mountains? Here’s an unbeatable list of adventures that you must try before you die.

Journey Across the Breathtaking Salar De Uyuni – Bolivia


During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world’s largest mirror. Covering more than 4,000 square miles, Salar de Uyuni is any explorers dream and offers an amazing place to get lost in your own thoughts aswell as in the magnificent plains. In the center of the salt flats is Isla Incahuasi, a hilly outcrop of land that offers an incredible resting spot.          

Lava Kayaking – Hawaii


Kīlauea volcano was created as many as 600,000 years ago. Its current eruption dates back to 1983, making it one of the longest eruptions in history and producing more than 75 square miles of land in the process. Now, daredevils are being allowed to kayak around this new land and only meters from where 2000 °F lava meets the Pacific Ocean.

Learn the Way of the Ninja – Japan


Ninjas were the covert agent of feudal Japan. Over time, their way has been almost lost to time but Tokyo is home to some of the few remaining ninja sensei, including one who took on 13 Yakuza members at once and came out on top. While the training might be hard, learning the abilities of ‘shinobi’ will introduce you to your inner warrior.

Go Caving in Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky, USA


Home to by far the largest cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave has more than 400 miles of connected passageways to explore. It should come as no surprise that the cave has earned the title of ‘’limestone labyrinth” because around every corner could be a new, unexplored chasm.

Treck Through Tribal Lands – Baliem Valley, Papua New Guinea


The Dani tribe were only recently discovered by the rest of the world in 1938. They inhabit Baliem Valley, an awe-inspiring part of West Papua, which still remains untouched by outsiders. Every year, the tribe invite a few lucky guests to come to their land and explore uncharted villages and wilderness with them.

Enter the Ice Age – Alaska


The last ice age may have ended thousands of years ago, but Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park seems to be one of the last places on Earth where it is continuing. This mountainous area is subject to a monumental 400 inches of snowfall every year and is home to more than 40 active glaciers. Kenai demands mental and physical strength from those who dare tackle its harsh landscape and climate.

Live with the Aquatic Moken People – Mergui Archipelago


The Mergui archipelago is a series of more than 800 small islands to the south of Burma. The islands and their surrounding waters are the homes of the Moken who live much of their life aboard hand-built boats. They survive by spear and net fishing and spend most of their time diving for shellfish. Living alongside these unique people is a once in a lifetime experience to learn how their amazing culture has survived for centuries.

Volcano-boarding – Leon, Nicaragua


Leon is a small town that sits in the shadow of the massive Cerro Negro volcano. If you think surfing on water is easy, then the local people have one of the most extreme sports known to man. Hike to the top of this giant with a board on your back and then slide inside an active volcano at speeds of up to 50 miles an hour.

Genghis Khan Warrior Training – Mongolia


The tribes of Mongolia have always largely been nomadic, even during the ages of the Mongol Empire, one of the largest in history. In the Mongolian grasslands, you can learn the same battle and survival skills that the warriors who conquered their way across Asia learned more than 800 years ago.

Navigate the Amazon River – Peru


Travel into the heart of Peru’s fabled Amazon region and work with scientists and the local Cocama people to conduct experiments that will help to protect the delicate and incredible wilderness of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. You’ll play a vital role in helping to protect critically endangered species like the bizarre Amazon river dolphin.

Swim Between Two Continents – Iceland


Found deep within this huge National Park is Þingvallavatn Lake which sits in the tectonic boundary between North America and Europe. Lucky divers can swim in between the tectonic plates of these two continents, which are pulling apart from each other by 2 centimeters every year.

Walking Safari with the Maasai People – Tanzania


There’s no better way to explore the wilds of Africa than on foot and no better guides and guardians than the Maasai, who have inhabited the land for generations. This is a unique opportunity to see lions, buffalo, elephants and giraffes without being confined to a metal tin.

Blue Hole Diving – Ambergris Caye, Belize


The great blue hole is actually a massive cave system that formed when the area wasn’t covered by the crystal clear water that has since flooded the cave. Now, the depths act as a playground for divers and explorers, giving an experience that you can’t get anywhere else.          

Saami Reindeer Migration – Arctic Circle, Norway


Once a year for more than 4,000 years, the Saami people migrate their enormous crowds of reindeer to slightly warmer climates. Just recently, they have started inviting those outside of their community to help them during the migration. For five days, you’ll undergo the immense physical trials of life as a herder.

Descend into a Dormant Volcano – Iceland


The giant magma chamber of the once ferocious Þríhnúkagigur volcano is more than 400 feet below the ground. The scientists that study the volcano have set up a lift which descends into the darkness and for only a month every year they let a lucky few adventurers join them, in an experience that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth.

Icebreaker North Pole Cruise – Arctic Ocean


The North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amid waters almost permanently covered by dangerous shifting sea ice. Nuclear powered icebreaker cruise ships are the only thing capable of cutting through the thick ice. This adrenaline pumping expedition offers an amazing pay off that only a few lucky people will ever get to experience.          

Tundra Buggy Exploration – Canadian Arctic


The harsh arctic is often far too challenging for even the greatest explorers. One Canadian company is offering the chance to see this enchanting area without the risk of losing your toes to frostbite.

Hike the Most Dangerous Path in the World – Malaga, Spain


El Caminito del Rey is a walkway which was first established in 1905. Since then, it has fallen into disrepair but remains in use, making it one of the most dangerous but thrilling hikes that you’ll ever take.

Explore the Unknown – Papua New Guinea


Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s least explored countries. In fact, the last expedition to the Star Mountains was in the 1960s. Countless tribes and animals remain unknown to our world, waiting for you to discover them in one of the last frontiers on Earth.

Climb a Mountain for a Cup of Tea – China


This terrifying ‘Heavenly Stairs’ lead up Mt. Hua Shan, which is more than 7,000 feet high. The reason for making this pilgrimage is clear – at the top is a teahouse which supposedly has some of the best tea in the world.

Become a Buddhist Monk for a Month – Tibetan Himalayas


This spiritual adventure will take you to the breathtaking Himalayas, where you will stay in monasteries tucked away in the mountains. Experience an ancient culture firsthand and become spiritually immersed in a rare insight into Buddhism as you take part in cultural activities like a 3-day pilgrimage to Dharamsala.

Cross the Sahara Desert with Salt Traders – North Africa


The Sahara covers over 3,500,000 square miles and is one of the worlds most inhospitable environments. Despite this, Tuareg salt traders have continued to carry their goods from Taoudenni to Timbuktu for centuries. The 22 day trek is an experience of a lifetime but also a true test of determination.

Raft on the Kali Gandaki River, Nepal


The Kali Gandaki River is so isolated that only a handful of people will ever have the chance to undertake this amazing adventure. This wild river offers rafting found nowehere else in the world and at night, you can camp under star-lit skies on white river beaches, deep in the Nepalese interior. The sense of achievement from conquering this river is one that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Gorilla Safari, Uganda and Rwanda


The magnificent and misty mountains of Rwanda and Uganda are one of the last places on Earth that gorillas still thrive. In the dense vegetation, you can find four of the five spectacular ‘Great Apes’ – mountain gorillas, lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. You can also partake in difficult but rewarding treks up the Muhavura and Gahinga volcanoes.

Navigate Costa Rica by River


The Pacuare Valley and Ossa Peninsular are one of the few routes from the dense highlands of Costa Rica to its stunning coast. Over two weeks, you’ll take part in an expedition which attempts to navigate this path by foot and kayak. On the way, you’ll have the opputunity to meet and spend time living with and learning from the deeply private Cabecar Indians.

Explore the Wakhan Corridor


The Wakhan Corridor is a small strip of land roughly 140 miles long and at some ponts, only 10 miles wide. Flanked by the mountains of Pakistan and Tadjikistan on either side, it acts as a land route between Afghanistan and China. The area is so remote that the indigenous Kyrgyz people, who herd yaks and goats, have been left to their own devices for decades, and, in their own words, “left behind by the world.” This part of the world has seen less visitors than Mount Everest, those lucky enough to visit the area include Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and Marco Polo.

Climb the Tianzi Mountains – China


These uniquely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Formed underwater 380 million years ago, the flow destroyed surrounding sandstone, leaving only resilient stone pillars. Some of these columns stand at over 4,000 feet above sea level and climbers who have been lucky enough to scale the magnificent giants often refuse to climb any other mountain.