The world is an incredible – we can climb up mountains to get closer to space, or go swimming towards the bottom of Earth. So many places to travel to, so little time! We all want to travel to the coolest sights on the planet, and here you’ll read about the most awe-inspiring travel destinations for your next adventure trip. Without further ado, here are some of the most extreme places around the world:
Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii: World’s Most Active Volcano
First up is Mt. Kilauea. This volcano can be found on the Big Island of Hawaii, and it is the youngest of the Hawaiian volcanos. It is also the most active volcano in the world. Mt. Kilauea has been erupting since 1983. Its name in the Hawaiian language means “much spreading”, which makes sense given its ongoing activity. Since 1918, the only period of time that eruptions have not occurred was from 1934 to 1952. It is always active, and Hawaii, of course, is always a fantastic destination to travel to for an adventure.
Angel Falls, Venezuela: Highest Uninterrupted Waterfall
Angel Falls, otherwise known as “El Salto Ángel”, can be found in the Canaima National Park, and is a jaw-dropping 19 times the height of Niagara Falls. The water drops 979 meters off Auyantepui, the plateau at the top. To travel to Angel Falls, you must first take a plane to Canaima, and then it is a journey from there. Many people get to the waterfall by boat, or there is another plane that takes you even closer. To get to Angel Falls is an adventure, and every bit worth the trek.
Dead Sea, Israel/Jordan: Lowest Point of Earth
The Dead Sea is located between Jordan and Israel, and is the lowest point of Earth. Although the exact measurement changes annually, it is about 1,410 feet below sea level. Another noteworthy aspect of the Dead Sea is its mud. When people visit, they rub the mud all over their bodies. It is believed that Dead Sea mud can help keep skin healthy, and potentially help those with skin disorders as well. There is more to the Dead Sea than just its extreme location, which is why it makes this list as a great adventure travel destination!
Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean: Most Remote Inhabited Place on Earth
When we think of extreme locations, we usually think about altitude or temperature. Being the most remote place that humans live on is a category like no other. Tristan da Cunha is about 1,750 miles from South Africa, and 2,088 miles from South America. You can travel there by either a six-day boat ride from South Africa, or a cruise through the South Atlantic Ocean. The largest town and its capital is named Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, and it has only 300 people living in it. Tristan da Cunha is another destination that is an adventure to get to, but it is a really cool island that should not be missed. Plan your next adventure trip and get here!
Atacama Desert, South America: Driest Location on Earth
The Atacama Desert is located in northern Chile, and it covers about 600 miles of land. It is known for being the driest place on the planet. There are areas of this desert that have never actually seen rain! In fact, the entire desert averages about one millimeter of rain per year. It also has nothing growing, because its climate does not permit it. Since there are no plants blocking the sky, at night you can see an awesome canopy of stars. The Atacama Desert is incredibly dry, but still a cool travel destination. How’s that for your next adventure trip?
Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador: Closest Place to Outer Space
When you are asked what the highest point on Earth is, most people would automatically say Mount Everest. However, this is not completely the case. Mount Chimborazo has a height of 20,703 feet, which may not be as tall as Mount Everest. Yet this mountain is referred to as the highest above Earth’s center. This is due to the shape of our planet. It is not actually a perfect sphere – it gets wider at the equator. Because Mount Chimborazo is only one degree south of the equator, it actually ends up being further from Earth’s center than Everest, making it the closest mountain to outer space. This makes for adventure travel at its most incredible.
Mawsynram, India: Wettest Place on Earth
The village of Mawsynram, India receives about 11,861 millimeters of rain per year – a record. The rain season for most towns in India begins around June, but for people living here, it has already been going on for about two months. The rain is intense, sometimes prohibiting vision of more than four feet in front of oneself. A big reason for the excessive rain is due to the village’s location. It is close to both Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal. The town itself has found ways to work around the rain, whether it be certain types of clothing or soundproofing homes from the sound of the rain.
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia/Peru: Highest Usable Lake
Being the highest navigable lake in the world is not Lake Titicaca’s only accomplishment. It is the largest lake in South America! It is about 1,000 feet in depth, and is known for its beautiful blue color. In Inca culture, it is a sacred lake, known as their birthplace lake. In addition, it is one of South America’s major tourist attractions. This is because there is plenty to see along the the lake. There is the Isla del Sol that holds ruins, and Copacabana, the town that provides a lot of the excursions around and through the lake. People visit this area year-round, and it is not hard to see why. Lake Titicaca is a great travel destination, and has so much worth seeing.
Death Valley, California, USA: Hottest Place on Earth
Death Valley is where the world’s hottest temperature was recorded, which was 134° F (56.7°C), meaning that there is no surprise as to why this location is regarded as the hottest. The environment that Death Valley is situated in greatly contributes to its extreme heat: parts of the area are below sea level, and it has mountains that prevent moisture from getting to the desert. There are little to no plants, and it is a narrow strip of land, which does not allow air to move around much. If you ever go to Death Valley, be prepared to sweat!
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia: Flattest Place on Earth
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at around 4086 square miles. People think it has around ten billion tonnes of salt, and many wonder how it even came to be. Salar de Uyuni is an incredible sight, and there are tours offered that help visitors understand it while seeing it up close. Being the flattest place on Earth is not the only extreme fact about Salar de Uyuni. Sometimes, the area is covered in clear water, which then makes it the world’s largest mirror! It is also the place that NASA uses for reference when placing its satellites. Travel here today for an awesome adventure.
These are just a few of the many amazing sights that our planet has to offer. If you ever want to go on an adventure trip, these extreme destination are worth considering!
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