For those who follow travel, extreme travel is fast becoming one of the most popular travel trends in recent years. As people are becoming more exposed to the world around them, there is a growing need for travelers to seek out the undiscovered places or test their limits.
We at LeafCanoe are all about seeking out and sharing unique travel experiences. For us, extreme travel fits the bill for an experience that is unique and worthy of sharing. Here are our picks for extreme travel destinations.
This ancient city in Jordan is high on the list of places to visit for many adventurous travelers. Characterized by its buildings carved directly into the sandstone rock, Petra personifies the idea of extreme with its location in the desert, with rugged canyons and mountains. Petra is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is a great destination for travel buffs. For more ideas about what to see in Petra, check out the leaf, “Petra,” by LeafCanoer, grassrootsnomad. You can also read our blog post about Petra, called “Six Reasons to Visit the Ancient City of Petra.”
Nothing can be more extreme than the South Pole. With temperatures that can drop down to -80 degrees Celsius, and no indigenous cultures that exist in the area, Antarctica can be quite the difficult place to be. Yet, despite the hardships, people still visit Antarctica, fueled by their desire to witness nature at its most extreme. For those wanting to visit Antarctica, the best option is to go through one of the many cruise companies that travel there. But travelers, be warned! These cruises do not come cheap, with prices ranging from $3,000 for budget cruises, to upwards of $20,000 and beyond for luxury ones.
For another taste of nature at its extreme, visit Iguazu Falls, the world’s largest waterfalls, located in South America. Iguazu Falls is part of the Iguazu River, which forms a border between Argentina and Brazil. The falls are approximately 2.7km in length. A number of little islands dot the edge of the falls, which help to form smaller separate falls and cataracts. The falls are accessible by either going through Brazil or Argentina.
If you’re in the mood for some adventurous hiking, set your sights on Machu Picchu. Located in the mountains of Chile, a visit to this ancient Incan city is a great way to test your endurance and strength. Many of the buildings at Machu Picchu no longer stand, but there are plenty of the ruins to explore. For ideas on what to do in Machu Picchu, check out LeafCanoer, daijie’s leaf, “Visit Machu Picchu.” You can also look at our blog post on Machu Picchu, titled “Out of the Box Travels: Explore Machu Picchu.”
These mountains, spanning across India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and Pakistan, are a great starting off point to exploring the region. Many visitors come to the Himalayas to climb its peaks, the most popular of which is named Mount Everest. But the sheer beauty of the landscape is worth explore on its own, despite its close proximity to Mount Everest.
For the avid climber, El Capitan is the ultimate test of your climbing skills. Essentially a veritcal piece of rock, El Capitan is one of the most challenging mountains to climb, and few climbers have been able to complete it. The mountain, which rises almost 1km from the ground, is located in Yosemite National Park in California, and is visited by dozens of tourists each year.
Although extreme travel has been gaining in popularity and interest, it is more than just staying on top of the latest travel trend. For many, extreme travel is a way of life. It has the potential to shape who you are, and can help make your travel more meaningful and enriching.