Life on the Edge With Earth’s Extreme Travel Destinations

Our planet offers a full travel spectrum, and each one of these destinations showcases what the curious adventurer can expect to find if they look in the right place.

Atacama Desert, Chile

The soil in the Atacama closely resembles that found on the red planet, which is why NASA uses it as a testing ground for missions to Mars.

Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on our planet and a definite must-visit locale for anyone who considers him or herself a true adventurer.

This breathtaking place covers about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) along the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountain range.

The average rainfall in the Atacama Desert is only 1 millimeter per year, but there are even some spots in this desert that allegedly have never seen a single drop of rain, ever.

Teahupo’o, Tahiti

If it’s easier, Australian visitors call this place ‘chopes.’

Probably the biggest wish of all hard-core surfers in the world is to ride Teahupo’o waves, but the only way to do it is by visiting this small village on the south-east coast of the island of Tahiti.

Teahupo’o is famous for its out of this world (and sometimes deadly) waves that break below sea level and only feet above a sharp coral reef, providing thrills for both amateur and professional surfers.