It’s possible to find some adventure without flying halfway around the world. Some of the world’s best international destinations are closer than many people realize. Let’s take a look at a few places where you can get a taste of the exotic without spending half your vacation in the air.
Belize is still an emerging international destination, and you can still be ahead of the masses if you book a trip. It’s easy to get the impression that it’s mostly a place to be lazy on the beach. Adventurers, though, will find amazing Mayan ruins plus world-class caving and SCUBA diving. Caracol is a can’t-miss ruin for those who want to witness the former splendor of the Mayan civilization; experts are still uncovering the site, which once covered more ground than present-day Belize City.
The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave offers a long adventure up an underground river. Tours are guided, but do-it-yourself cavers can tap locals for tips on other cave adventures. Finally, SCUBA divers and snorkelers can spend some time checking out the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Be prepared for huge - but docile - stingrays, octopi, barracuda and other colorful marine life.
Costa Rica is no secret among international travelers. But that doesn’t mean it’s lost any appeal: active volcanoes, cloud forests packed with wildlife, one of the world’s best zip line adventures … what’s not to like? If you’ve ever wanted to see an active volcano, Volcan Arenal near the town of La Fortuna is your best bet. You can take a hike around its base, and then unwind at a local hot spring resort and maybe catch a glimpse of red-hot cinders bursting from its crater. If you like wildlife, Costa Rica is difficult to beat. You’re likely to encounter monkeys, iguana, coatis, sloths and a plethora of bird species.
And let’s talk about that zip line: The Original Canopy Tour location in Monteverde (there are others throughout Costa Rica, too) is two hours of adrenaline on a 70-acre site. You’ll glide among the treetops of an old-growth forest. Even if you claim to be afraid of heights, chances are you’ll be ready to go again by the time you’re finished.
Now, turn your eyes north to Canada: Adventure seekers know Vancouver and its surrounding area offer four seasons of fun. In the wintertime, people flock north of the city to hit the slopes in Whistler. In the less snowy-months, the area near Vancouver is the photogenic star of many mountain bike magazine covers. It’s known for mountain biking of all types: downhill, freeride, cross-country, pump tracks and any combination you can envision.
And let’s remember that Vancouver is a maritime city, so you’ll find everything from kayak tours to whale-watching tours - you’ll never forget the first time you spot an orca leap from the water. Finally, Vancouver is within range of glacier tours. It’s often an eye-opening experience that shows people that a glacier is far more than a static mass of ice. Experienced guides provide knowledge along with gear like crampons and ice axes.
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