Tambopata Region, Peru
Courtesy Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica For a once-in-a-lifetime experience in South America’s Amazon rainforest, visit the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, an eco-luxury lodge in front of the Madre de Dios River. The property offers a varied selection of à-la-carte excursions for adventure enthusiasts, including kayaking on the Madre de Dios, hikes throughout the rainforest during which guests can expect to see exotic animals such as anacondas, tarantulas and jaguars, tour along the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, a bridge system suspended 98 feet above the ground (not for those afraid of heights), and more! The most adventurous of visitors can even stay in the Inkaterra Canopy Tree House, which is built on a private platform adjoining the famous Inkaterra Canopy Walkway (73 feet above the lush floor below). Bonus: Peru is one of the top foodie destinations in the world.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Courtesy Tourism New Zealand The Queenstown region of New Zealand has always been a magnet for adventurers and entrepreneurs. World-first innovations such as commercial jet boating and bungee jumping have forged Queenstown’s reputation as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World.’ On the long list of activities you can prepare to experience on a trip to the shores of the South Island include jet boating, bungee jumping, tandem paragliding (an activity pioneered in Queenstown), river rafting, parasailing, canyoning kite skiing, and so much more. To feel fully centered amidst it all, with beautiful scenery to boot, settle down at Matakauri Lodge, one of the premier resorts in the city situated in a picturesque alpine lakefront setting.
courtesy Jean Michel Cousteau Resort Those seeking a bucket-list type of an experience that also provides an adrenaline-rushing escape from the cold, look no farther than this tiny island in the South Pacific. It might not be the easiest destination to get to, but once you’ve sunken your toes in the sandy, white beaches, you’ll be glad you traveled all that way. Stay at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, which offers just about every activity aside from skydiving that you can do on the island: scuba diving, rainforest and waterfall hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing as well as tour guide-led excursions to private islands. For adult thrill-seekers looking to leave the kids for certain activities, the resort offers a Bula Club that will keep them busy and entertained all day long.