Canyoning in Queenstown
My husband and I chose to do a Canyoning Queenstown trip on our honeymoon. We took a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu passing through Glenorchy and into Mount Aspiring National Park's Routeburn Valley, not far from where some scenes from Lord of the Rings were filmed. As an introduction to the ice cold water, we all rode down a natural rock slide into a pool of snow runoff. It completely takes your breath away it's so dang cold. It's a little jarring knowing we'd be cruising down a that same temperature river canyon the whole trip down.
Routeburn Canyon has waterfalls, natural water slides and deep, crystal clear pools of glacier runoff. We were able to rappel, hike, climb, jump into pools, and slide down natural rock slides. It was exhilarating being in rushing waters the whole time, sporting neoprene from head to toe. I recommend going on this adventure if as long as don't mind submerging yourself in freezing waters! I could barely feel my body.
Bryce Wildlife Adventure rents atvs just outside of Bryce Canyon. Most companies in Bryce only do guided tours, but we prefer to go at our own pace. We got a quick briefing from the owner and then hit the trails on a 33 mile path through Dixie National Forest.
Half Dome is on most Californian hikers top summits to conquer. I joined Shoestring Adventures on a 3 day backpacking trip through Yosemite National Park to summit this aptly named mountain.
A day trip canyoneering with Red Desert Adventure was full of action and adventure, and the canyon was truly beautiful. Canyoneering is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques like scrambling, climbing, jumping, rappelling, and swimming.
Monteverde is a cloud forest, home to the world’s most complex ecosystems. We took a day trip to see the hummingbird gardens, walk the cloud forest bridges, and ride the longest zipline in Costa Rica!
Krka Falls is a great day trip to take from Split. It's a gorgeous National Park to roam around. The water is seafoam green and turquoise. The main attraction is the cascading waterfalls when you enter the park.
Queen's Garden to Navajo Loop Trail is in my top 3 hikes I've ever experienced. It's no surprise since it was voted top 10 hikes by National Geographic.
If you're visiting Nassau and enjoy diving, it's worth doing a shark dive. It's by far the best dive I've ever been on, and one of the most amazing things I've seen in life to date.
Ek Balam is smaller than the grand Chichén Itzá, but it's much less crowded and you can still climb the temples. There is also one of the best preserved stucco facades in Mesoamerica.
Maui is top 5 of my favorite places. I'm a beach kid from Ventura California, so the ocean is always calling my name. I've now been to Maui 4 times, and there are countless amazing things to do on this beautiful island, but here are my top 5.
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