March 4th, 2013
Spring Break Ideas: Adventure Travel
MAKE THIS SPRING BREAK ONE TO REMEMBER BY DOING SOMETHING ADVENTUROUS! WHETHER IT’S WHITE WATER RAFTING IN COLORADO OR BUNGEE JUMPING IN SWITZERLAND, TRYING ANY OF THESE TRIPS WILL GUARANTEE YOU’LL HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME! (AND A FEW FUN SCREAMS ALONG THE WAY!)
We hope this article helps you think of new ways to spend your spring break. Why not make this year particularly memorable by planning a trip full of adventurous experiences? You’ll never forget your trip to a location offering options like sky diving, rafting, zip lining and bungee jumping. Here are five adventurous destinations around the world, each of which will help turn your week off into one you’ll never forget!
Interlaken, Switzerland: Interlaken is the adventure hub of the European backpacker circuit, with Balmer’s Hostel being the accommodation of choice. The town is full of travelers looking to jump out of airplanes and hurtle themselves off steep canyons. Popular adventure options in Interlaken include skydiving, canyoning, rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, ice climbing, biking, hiking and high ropes courses, all embedded in the beautiful scenery of the Swiss Alps.
Durango, Colorado: If you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping in the US, Durango, Colorado is one of the most adventurous cities in the country. Activities offered include zip lining, canyoning, rock and ice climbing, skiing, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and more. With an array of terrains and the nearby Rocky Mountains, there’s always something to do. Make sure to also hike, bike or horseback ride on the Colorado Trail, which stretches almost 500 miles/804 km between Denver and Durango and encompasses six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges. If you trek the whole way, we recommend heading from Durango to Denver, as completing the trail the other way features a lengthy climb in elevation—you’ll top out at just over 13,000 feet/4,000 meters.
Banos, Ecuador: For the budget-friendly adventure vacation, make your way to Banos, Ecuador. Expect canyoning trips with lunch for around $30, whitewater rafting for $30, bungee jumping for $20 and trips to the Amazon for $35 per day, including all food and accommodation. There is also a scenic 38-mile/ 61 km waterfall route you can bike and see five impressive waterfalls. To rent a bike in Banos costs about $5-$10 for the day depending on what quality you get, and you’ll pay $2.50 total admission to walk to the last two waterfalls on the route. If you’re too tired at the end to bike back, the bus costs $1.
Turrialba, Costa Rica: As a whole, Costa Rica is a very adventurous destination. Because of its diverse environment, however, Turrialba is perfect for all types of outdoor sports. Immerse yourself in canyoning, canopying, hiking, biking, horseback riding and caving. The main attraction of the area, however, is the world-class white water rafting on the Pacuare River. Additionally, this charming and culturally-rich town is one of the few destinations in Costa Rica offering easy access to a volcano crater.
Cairns, Australia: Feeling up for an adventure that’s halfway around the world? What could be a better Spring Break activity than scuba diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef? This is just one of the many adventures offered in Cairns. Others include white water rafting the famous Tully River, sky diving over beautiful Mission Beach, hot air ballooning over the lush Atherton Tableland, jungle surfing at Cape Tribulation and water skiing at Lake Tinaroo. (To name a few!) The city is also home to the annual Cairns Adventure Film Festival, the country’s only adventure-focused film festival to date.
While Eagle Creek is here to provide tips and insights on travel, we cannot accept any responsibility for any potential consequences arising from the use of this information. Always conduct your own research and use your best judgment.
Jessica Festa, a New York native, is a world traveler who is always looking for a new adventure. She stays active through dance, hiking, and cycling and loves nothing more than her backpack. Follow her travels around the world at jessieonajourney.com and at Epicure & Culture.
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