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4 Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List

For some travellers, a simple walk around a city, or a day sun bathing at the beach simply will not do. The adventurer in us doesn't just want to explore a place or laze about its environs, but instead wants to experience it! These are some of the quirkiest travel adventures not to be missed off your bucket list.

Hike the Todgha Gorge in Morocco

Walking between the narrow passages of the orange Todgha Gorge, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a certain red planet. Found in the eastern part of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, this 25-mile canyon was carved by the once great Todra and Dadès Rivers which have now run dry, making way for an exceptional, yet achievable, hiking experience.

If you’re a true adrenaline seeker, you can attempt to climb the red rock wall to get the best views of the mountainous landscape.

Make it happen: Best of Morocco

Take a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a sight that can’t help but take your breath away – cheesy, but true. To really appreciate the incredible vastness of this 277-mile-long natural wonder, try seeing it from above. A helicopter ride is an experience in itself, but even better when you’re flying in between the deep canyon walls of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Nothing can quite beat the overwhelming feeling of seeing the canyon suddenly burst into view as you clear the dense woodland forest that precedes it. That headset makes for a  good profile picture as well.

Make it happen: Southern Cross Country westbound

Go elephant spotting in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan elephant is the biggest of all the Asian elephants, which makes them slightly easier to spot in the wild. The Udawalawe National Park is home to 250 elephants as well as the Sri Lankan leopard, sloth bear, macaque monkey, water buffalo and many more residents. Animal enthusiasts can explore the park by jeep safari and even camp overnight, lulled to sleep by the sounds of the nocturnal wildlife.

Make it happen: Buddha and beach in Sri Lanka

Swim under a hot waterfall, Guatemala

Near the southern Belize border and just a 15-minute drive from Guatemala's colonial town El Estor, majestic Finca El Paraiso is home to a unique waterfall. Waterfalls are one of nature’s most beautiful displays but the falls here are particularly spectacular as they are naturally heated by a hot spring, making a swim under the cascades feel like a warm shower. The relaxation doesn't end there either, if you head to the source of the hot spring you can slather the natural mud over your face and body to make a detoxifying mask. Best. Spa. Ever.

Make it happen: Mayan Adventure

Written by Helen Winter

I'm a passionate (see: obsessed) traveller. I love to explore a new country on foot; whether it's through the narrow streets of historic towns, or along ambitious hiking trails in a national park. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @winter_wanders

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