Pick from bungee jumping to sandboarding. By Lauren Ho
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1. South Africa
With its stretches of powdery beaches, acres of winelands, the rich natural beauty of the Garden Route and famous game reserves, South Africa is a diverse country that is worth making the effort to visit. And while travellers used to bypass Johannesburg, the City of Gold is being transformed into a hip urban destination that has become a must-visit before gentrification takes hold.
Where to get your adrenaline rush: Bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge on the Garden Route. At 216 metres, it is officially the world’s highest commercial bridge bungee
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2. Galapagos Islands
An archipelago of about 19 volcanic islands dotted in the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos is a bucket-list destination for good reason. Each island has its own unique landscape that can vary from stretches of white sandy beaches to barren volcanic rocks, while its lack of natural predators makes it an eye-opening spot to view all sorts of wildlife from playful sea lions to gigantic sea tortoises.
Where to get your adrenaline rush: Sleep under a blanket of stars in the highlands of Santa Cruz at the Wild Tortoise Camp
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3. Costa Rica
A rugged Central American country known for its beaches, volcanoes and protected rain forests, Costa Rica has over 20 different microclimates and is teeming with wildlife, making it the perfect country to visit for adrenaline-fuelled outdoor activities.
Where to get your adrenaline rush: Zipline over the dense canopy of trees at Selvatura Park in Monteverde
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4. New Zealand
Peaceful, and quiet, with rolling bucolic hills and dense native forests, New Zealand is the ultimate escape, perfect for adventure and exploration. Away from the frequented cities of Wellington and Auckland, Dunedin, on the island’s southeast coast, is emerging as a must-visit destination, not least for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture and plentiful hiking and cycling trails.
Where to get your adrenaline rush: Head to Rotorua on New Zealand’s north island, home to Tutea Dalls, the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world
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A South American country home to a slice of the Amazon rainforest and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes Mountains, Peru’s wild topography – not least its icy mountain peaks and arid Pacific coast – makes it a wonderland for adventure.
Where to get your adrenaline rush: Sandboard down giant dunes in Huacachina, a tiny oases in the southern Peruvian desert.
A version of this story first appeared on the online edition of The Business Times on Dec 24, 2016, with the headline, ‘‘.