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11 Places to Do Extreme Sports in Latin America

Calling out all the high-adrenaline junkies: Latin America is waiting for you. Whether biking on Bolivia’s death road, piranha fishing in the Pantanal or snorkeling the coral reefs of Belize, Latin America is packed with exciting sports and other adventures for the extremes.

If you’re looking for an exceptional and extremely active experience backed by fascinating cultures, cheap prices, and stunning topography, we have found your perfect extreme sports playground.

Check out some of these destinations that will get your heart pumping as you enjoy your favorite hobby.

Piranha fishing in the Pantanal, Brazil

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The destination would have to be the best rated extreme playing ground with one of the deadliest fish in the world. The interesting part is that after having a wonderful experience sporting in the area, you can actually eat the fish afterward.

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 Ignore the fact that the Piranha itself is the face of the Pantanal, and focus on getting yourself damp on this region that is perfect for extreme sports. You can cruise the area in a cruiser or embark on a long adventure by driving the 147 km journey across Mato Grosso.

Snorkeling in the Reefs of Belize

Credit: Instagram @energymindsetBelize may be small, but its coastline is lively with beautiful scenes. A third of the 900 km long Mesoamerican Reef is covered by coral reefs which are the main charm here. Take a stroll along the coastline while exploring the charming cayes (Caulker and Ambergris).

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Grab the chance to swim with sharks in the beautiful Hol Chan Marine Reserve and dive into the Blue Hole as you enjoy the beautiful scenes of this region.

Mountain bike, Bolivia

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Probably the most dangerous road, Bolivia features tough tracks that are perfect for extreme biking experience. The steep and mostly bumpy route starts on the highest point of the Bolivian Andes at La Paz and stretches for about 40 miles across the sub-tropical Yungas all the way to the sleepy town of Coroico.

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 As you scale down, the road becomes narrow and you may want to be careful as it cuts through the walls of the sheer valley and passes beneath rocky overhangs and waterfalls.

Scuba Diving in Isla de Coiba, Panama

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Commonly known as “Panama’s Galapagos,” this iconic spot is challenging but quite rewarding. Most of the experienced divers who are ready to endure strong currents coupled by Pacific waters can find a safe haven in Isla de Coiba.

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Divers will also enjoy the amazing sights of manta rays, oversized sturgeon, turtles, and lots of sharks. These sharks are the reason why this region was once an outstanding prison colony as the prisoners were frightened to try to escape. The prison was later replaced with a National Park, but divers from all over the world flock the scene to have fun and for sports.

Volcano climbing, Costa Rica

Credit: Instagram @hampistravelserviceApart from its exploding flora and fauna, Costa Rica is also known for its frequent eruptions from the ground. Its volcano stretch is magnificently surrounded by the Arenal Volcano National Park. For several years, the fire has been regular and can still be seen emitting from the volcano. 

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The interesting thing is the wild animals that you can bump into while climbing the tough trails around the national park.

Kite Surfing in Cumbucco, Brazil

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If you enjoy kitesurfing in miles of empty beaches, windy environment, and tropical temperatures, then Cumbucco is your dream surfing paradise.

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The area is known for its wide variety of kiting options, with flat water lagoons and good wave spots. It’s a great sport for extreme sporting.

Avenue of volcanoes, Ecuador

Credit: Instagram @mipebraAmong the tallest active volcanoes across the globe is Cotopaxi. There is no better way to see its potential except by riding its slants either by horse riding or slumbering on its echoing belly.

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Just like the name, the Avenues of Volcanoes in Ecuador will make the sporting experience enjoyable as you cover the massive avenues of its walls. Set out on a memorable escapade to get a taste of the Ecuadorian life on the tough plains.

White Water Rafting, Costa Rica

Credit: Instagram @ecofitnessadventuresThere is, honestly, a fantastic whitewater rafting across Latin America. The southernmost area is characterized by increased water sports, from rafting through the dense jungles to sea-kayaking in the sparkling sea water.

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The Pacuare River stills stand out as the ideal place to get wet. Stretching over 12 miles across the pristine rainforest, the place will get you sweaty while you enjoy the adventure. Bordering the river is the Talamanca mountain range with a beautiful sight of wild animals such as monkeys, birds, sloths, and more. Get down there before the plan of building a hydroelectric plant in the vicinity becomes a reality.

Kayaking, Trinidad and Tobago

Credit: Instagram @canoekayakmagFor the modern enthusiast of kayaking, it would be great to engage in the sport while enjoying the unique azure of waters and bays sheltered by freshwater. 

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Trinidad and Tobago is the ideal destination for saltwater and freshwater kayaking. Key scenes to note are the Godineau River and Bon Accord Lagoon that allows you to enjoy the tropical warmth while you take on your favorite spot.

Wakeboarding, Bahamas

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Getting the chance to enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding 12 months in a year coupled with good weather is extremely breathtaking.

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Remove featured imageThink of the stunning stretches of water that allows you to ride your motorboat at super speed, try a few tricks, and later bask on the beautiful beaches. The Bahamas offers it all in one package.

Sandboarding, Huacachina, Peru

Credit: Instagram @ overlandtourOnce you have experienced the all-sand version, you will have a hard time going back to the original. It’s among the world’s most famous adventure sports. In the small desert town of Huacachina, sandboarding is the main adrenaline sport to try.

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Get your board and begin the rough ride on a mission to reach the highest dunes. The residents use candlesticks at the bottom of their boards as a way to increase speed before tearing down the sandbanks. It’s an exciting experience.

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Covid-19 has ended a lot of stuff for a lot of people. The most obvious change has been to international travel, especially for Americans. As the virus has spread widely across the U.S. countries have put a halt to allowing American tourist within their border, but not Mexico.

Covid-19 has severly depreciated the American passport.

Once capable of unlocking so many countries, the U.S. passport is no longer helping Americans travel abroad. Instead, the American passport has now become a hindrance for global travelers. Most countries have placed restrictions on American tourists making the U.S. passport one of the weakest.

The countries banning the U.S. are doing so because of the state of the virus in the country.

There have been more than 7 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 200,000 deaths from the virus. The U.S. remains the worst hit country and the global epicenter of the deadly virus. Many blame the lack of a national strategy to properly close down, test citizens, and contact trace those who have been exposed as the reason the virus has been so devastating in the U.S.

The various travel bans have kept families apart.

Other nations went into mush stricter lockdowns that the U.S. and got a handle of the virus. European countries have gotten the virus under control after months and the U.S. continues to see a large number of new cases daily.

One of the countries allowing Americans to visit is Mexico.

Mexico is heavily reliant on the money made from the tourism industry. According to official statistics, the tourism industry is the third-largest contributor to the country’s GDP. Major tourist destinations like Cabo and Cancún saw dramatic dips in tourism leading to national and local figures to sound the alarm. According to The Washington Post, the questions was posed about when to allow the tourists from the U.S. back, not should they.

Los Cabos is one of the hardest-hit tourist destinations.

The tourist destination saw a severe decline in tourists during one of the busiest times of the year. According to The Washington Post, the resort city has lost 80 percent of its revenue because of Covid-19. The virus has brought financial devastation to people across the world and the cities they live in aren’t immune to failing themselves.

“It’s life or death for us,” Rodrigo Esponda, the head of the Los Cabos tourism board, told The Washington Post. “There’s nothing else here. No industrial production. No farming or commercial fishing. It’s tourism or nothing.”

Yet, Los Cabos should be a warning sign to the rest of Mexico.

Cases in Baja California, the state where Los Cabos is located, saw new Covid case numbers triple from 50 a day to 150. The increase in infections is to be expected as the state rolled out the welcome mat for Americans coming to visit the resort town.

“There are some residents who say, ‘Why put my family’s life in danger by inviting more visitors, restarting more flights?’” Luis Humberto Araiza López, tourism minister of Baja California Sur, told The Washington Post. “It’s a delicate line between trying to support public health and economic growth.”

Despite this, there are some countries that Americans can travel to.

The countries Americans can travel to without Covid restrictions are Albania, Belarus, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Zambia. As the world continues to open up, Americans who travel abroad are waiting for the U.S. government to get the virus under control. Until then, the U.S. passport is not the same it used to be.

READ: The U.S. Passport Was Once The World’s Strongest, It’s Fallen To 25th Place Thanks To Failed Leadership Amid Coronavirus

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Vanessa Bryant Suing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Over Leaked Photos Of Kobe And Gianna

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Vanessa Bryant Suing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Over Leaked Photos Of Kobe And Gianna

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Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department alleging violation of privacy. The lawsuit stems from behavior by the officers at the scene of her husband and daughter’s death.

Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

On Jan. 26, a helicopter carrying Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Payton and Sarah Chester, Alyssa, Keri, and John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan crashed in the Calabasas hills. The sudden death devastated those who knew Kobe and the city of Los Angeles that mourned his death for months after.

Vanessa was shocked to hear that the sheriff deputies took photos of her husband’s and daughter’s bodies at the crash site.

“This lawsuit is about accountability and about preventing this disgraceful behavior from happening to other families in the future who have suffered loss,” Vanessa’s attorney, Luis Li, said in a statement. “The department formally refused Mrs. Bryant’s requests for information, saying it was ‘unable to assist’ with any inquiry and had no legal obligation to do so. It’s now for a court to tell the department what its obligations are.”

Bryant is suing the department claiming damages for emotional distress, negligence, and invasion of privacy.

Kobe fans are upset with the LACSD and the allegations that the deputies took these photos.

According to TMZ, Sheriff Alex Villanueva knew about the photos taken by eight deputies and shared within the department. They were also shared in the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation. Sheriff Villanueva told the deputies to delete the photos from their phones and felt confident they did so.

A trainee allegedly shared the photos with a woman in a bar.

A witness to the event said that a trainee took out his phone and showed a woman the photos to impress her. The bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint about the trainee and their behavior with the photos. The trainee showed the woman the photos a few days after the crash leading many to believe that the sheriff’s department was fully aware of the photos.

Kobe fans are standing behind Vanessa as she follows through with her lawsuit.

Reports state that the sheriff’s department told deputies to delete the images to avoid disciplinary action. The coverup is sparking outrage by Kobe fans who are angered that the department did not do enough to protect the dignity and privacy of all of the victims of the crash.

Mitú will update this story as it continues to develop.

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