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
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
If you enjoy kitesurfing in miles of empty beaches, windy environment, and tropical temperatures, then Cumbucco is your dream surfing paradise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting the chance to enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding 12 months in a year coupled with good weather is extremely breathtaking.
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.
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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