Discover the coldest, hottest, driest and most extreme travel destinations on earth. Find out which spot on the planet is the closest to outer space and which hard-to-reach landmark will take your breath away. Think you’re up for the challenge?
Tallest Waterfall in the World: Angel Falls, Venezuela
Although Angel Falls is located in an isolated jungle region and is not reached all that easily, it remains one of Venezuela’s top tourist attractions. The falls are approximately 979 metres high and includes 400 metres of sloped cascades and a 30-metre downstream of rapids. It is the highest waterfall in the world.
Coldest Continent on Earth: Antarctica
With a population estimated at somewhere between 1,000 and 4,000 people, the world’s fifth largest continent is a common travel destination for adventurers and thrill-seekers alike. Known as the land of extremes, Antarctica is the coldest and driest continent on the planet. Travellers can only reach it by ice-strengthened vessels made for touching the rough seas. Though known for its breathtaking scenery, it is ill advised to begin a trek through the wilderness without being well prepared or accompanied by a tour operator who knows the area well.
Most Isolated Place on Earth: Tristan da Cunha, United Kingdom
Though formally part of the British Overseas Territory, Tristan da Cunha is over 2,000 kilometres away from the nearest continent, Africa. Discovered by Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha in 1506, the island is extreme in the sense that is the only spot in the world that is completely isolated from the rest of mankind. With less than 300 inhabitants and no airport, Tristan da Cunha is accessible only by sea. Looking for a getaway from the everyday? This is about as far away from it as you can get.
Closest Place to Outer Space: Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador
An inactive volcano that last erupted in approximately 550 AD, Mount Chimborazo stands at over 20,000 feet high. While Mount Everest is over 29,000 feet tall, due to the position of the mountain on the earth’s surface the peak of Mount Chimborazo is the furthest spot from the centre of the earth. That also means that standing atop of it will place you the closest to outer space man can ever reach on foot. With its peak completely covered by glaciers, this mountain has several routes for climbers.
Driest Place on Earth: Atacama Desert, Chile
According to both NASA and National Geographic, the Atacama Desert in Chile is deemed to be the driest place on earth, with soil comparable to that of Mars. (Fun fact: Mars scenes from the television series Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets were filmed here.) From October 1903 to January 1918 the Atacama Desert did not see so much as one drop of rain, making it the longest rainless period in the world’s recorded history. Sparsely populated, the Atacama Desert has several hotels to choose from and tourists often explore the land. Just be sure to pack plenty of water and consider opting for an organized tour to avoid getting lost in this harshly dry climate.