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Living and Travel: The most extreme adventures on Earth

Living and Travel: The most extreme adventures on Earth

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<strong>Chevé Cave (Mexico): </strong>One of the deepest caves on Earth, exploration of Chevé Cave is still ongoing three decades after it was first discovered.<strong> </strong>
It's easy to travel the world and feel oddly at home, particularly if you're in one of the planet's 24,000 Starbucks.

But it's still possible to break loose from the rut and get experiences that are beyond the ordinary. (Indeed, some of these are arguably insane.)

Spanning multiple continents and oceans, these adventures will make you feel alive... albeit in some cases terrified you might not be among the living much longer.

<strong>Oymyakon (Russia): </strong>This Siberian destination is the coldest community on Earth, with 500 hardy residents. It averages -50 C (-58 F) in winter and has reached -67.8 C (-90 F).
<strong>The Inga rapids on the Congo River (Democratic Republic of Congo): </strong>A white-water kayaking team led by Steve Fisher attempted to brave the rapids -- on an expedition called <a href="" target="_blank">the Grand Inga Project </a>-- in 2011. Fisher was named one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year for the attempt.
<strong>Al Marmoom camel-racing (Dubai): </strong>Camel-racing is an essential experience in the Middle East, and the most unforgettable race features robot jockeys riding the camels. The robots, when activated by remote control, whip their mounts to make them go faster.
<strong>Teahupo'o (Tahiti): </strong>Riding the waves at Teahupo'o -- aka the world's heaviest and deadliest surf spot -- can either be the most memorable surf in your life or the most horrific wipeout.
<strong>Chernobyl (Ukraine): </strong>The<strong> </strong>Chernobyl nuclear power plant, as well as its nearby ghost city Pripyat, has become an unexpected tourist attraction more than three decades after the 1986 nuclear disaster.
<strong>The Iditarod sled dog race (USA): </strong>The great race across Alaska lasts for at least eight days, covers more than 1,000 miles and takes place in temperatures as low as -50C (-58F).
<strong>The running of the bulls (Spain): </strong>Every July, more than 1,000 runners participate in Pamplona's annual bull run -- when revelers try to outrun the charging bulls through the streets in the city's old quarter.
<strong>Death Valley (USA): </strong>Visiting Death Valley National Park in California is unlike any walk in any other park. Death Valley holds the record as the hottest place on Earth.
<strong>Cheese-rolling at Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire (England): </strong>Where tumbling down a very steep and rugged hill after a spinning, rolling, bouncing Double Gloucester cheese is serious business.
<strong>Mawsynram (India):</strong> Averaging 467 inches of rain annually -- compared to 34.1 inches in "rainy" Seattle -- Mawsynram village in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya is the wettest place on Earth.
<strong>Formula Rossa roller coaster (Abu Dhabi):</strong> Traveling from 0 to 149.1 mph (240km/h) in 4.9 seconds, the Formula Rossa, at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, is the world's fastest roller coaster.
<strong>Rio de Janeiro hang gliding (Brazil): </strong>Seeing aerial views of the city from a drone camera is so mainstream, especially when you can hang glide over it.
<strong>The Superclásico (Argentina):</strong> A game between Argentina's football rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate is both thrilling and unnerving -- fans have been known to pepper-spray players.
<strong>The King's Cup elephant polo (Thailand):</strong> While this sport is not without controversy, it does at least provide a novel antidote to the horse version.
<strong>Great white shark diving in Gansbaai (South Africa):</strong> For those who fantasize about being in the cast of "Jaws."
<strong>The Door to Hell (Turkmenistan): </strong>More than four decades after scientists mistakenly drilled a sinkhole and set the gas cavern on fire, the Darvaza Crater is still burning.
<strong>The Contra (Verzasca) dam 007 bungee jump (Switzerland): </strong>Dubbed the 007 jump, the Contra dam is where you will have the opportunity to plummet 220 meters (over 720 feet) in Ticino, much like Mr. Bond did in "GoldenEye."
Source: CNN

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