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There’s nothing quite like that feeling of sheer exhilaration. The rush you experience when you take the leap zip-lining into unknown jungles. The thrill of fighting against tumbling rapids as you are pushed further downstream. The awe of flying high above cobalt blue glaciers and epic valleys. It’s these experiences that are bound to leave an indelible imprint on your memory.
With our guides unrivalled local knowledge and keen expertise bringing you one step closer to the action, we’re your ultimate guide to racing hearts. Read on for our top 5 exhilarating must-try activities to do in 2022.
1. Feel the rush zip-lining in Costa Rica
Get your adrenaline pumping on our Costa Rica Adventure, where you can enjoy sea kayaking across Manuel Antonio’s coastline, snorkelling afternoons in the Pacific Ocean, hikes through the Arenal Volcano National Park towards the emerald pools of La Fortuna Waterfall and unwind in the Eco Termales Hot Springs. But, one of the biggest highlights of this trip, is an exhilarating Sky Trek zip-lining experience from the highest point of Arenal Reserve.
Once we’ve taken a Sky Tram gondola ride to the observation platform, we strap ourselves in for a 3-mile zip-line over canyons and flying in between treetop canopies. With over 10 different zipline routes, ranging in height from 30-200 meters, you can choose how high you want to fly.
2. Beat the rapids white water rafting in the Grand Canyon
If you’re looking to test your stamina in 2022, our Grand Canyon Rafting trip doesn’t disappoint. Stretching an impressive 280 miles in length the Colorado River offers the ultimate playground for adventure seekers. On this 8-day adventure, you’ll travel the entire length of the Grand Canyon on special motorized rafts, leaving no waterfall, emerald pool, or gigantic cavern unturned.
You’ll start to see your heart rate climb as you battle class V whitewater rapids, while also, getting the chance to spot Bighorn sheep, Mule deer, Coyotes and Ringtail cats along the banks of the river. With plenty of opportunities for swimming and hiking along the way, you can stop for a natural shower, taking in the gushing fountains of water in Vasey’s Paradise before retiring in Nankoweap for the night. A campsite near ancient Indian ruins, Nankoweap is one of the best places for sleeping underneath the Milky Way.
4. Take to the skies on a glacier landing flight in Alaska
If you’re looking for a truly raw, unbridled wildlife experience, look no further than our Alaskan Wildlife and Wilderness trip. Boasting some of the most beautiful pine forests, glaciated valleys and crystal-clear rivers on the continent, the Alaskan wilderness offers ample opportunities for activities that are sure to get your heart racing. On this non-stop adventure, we set off towards Denali National Park, where you can take part in mountain biking, whitewater rafting and dogsledding while trying to spot Alaska’s ‘Big Five’; Dall sheep, moose, Grizzly bear, caribou and wolves.
Next, it’s on to Wrangell-St-Elias National Park, which holds 9 of the sixteen highest peaks in the US to walk along the Liberty Falls Trail. We’d definitely recommend taking on the optional experience of strapping on crampons for an unforgettable hike around the Root Glacier. But you’ll soon find, some of the most exhilarating activities you can do in this area are from the air.
In Soldotna, take a spin in one of the local’s most popular modes of transportation – float planes. Living in remote Alaskan communities, float planes are a way of life for people that have limited road access, but for us, it’s a great way to catch Grizzly and Black Bears salmon fishing upstream on the fringe of Lake Clark Park and Wilderness Reserve.
Another hair-raising experience is our glacier landing bush-plane flight that shows you the true scale of Denali National Park, from the grey-purple tones of its ice-clad mountains to aerial views of its lush pine forests. On this journey you also get the thrill of landing on a runway on Denali itself!
5. Explore beneath the surface in the Maldives
If you’re looking for an unforgettable underwater experience, nothing compares to our Marine Wildlife of the Maldives trip. Hop onboard the Felicity, a traditionally crafted Turkish Gulet, complete with sails to explore lesser-visited snorkelling spots and unspoilt islands as you cruise through the South Male Atoll.
Whether you’re looking to catch glimpses of dolphins and Sea turtles, snorkel past an impressive array of colourful corals and schools of Banner fish, Box fish and Porcupine fish or spend time with a marine biologist before heading out on a Whale shark safari in the South Ari Atoll, you’re bound to find these warm turquoise waters teeming with tropical fish at every turn! If you’re looking to get your heart racing snorkelling through some of the world’s most fascinating underwater topography, why not start planning for that once in a lifetime trip to the Maldives?
If these trips have inspired you to book an exhilarating trip to get your heart racing, take a look at our collection of adventures here.