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Sep102015

The World's Most Amazing Places To Bungee Jump

You only have seconds and you are falling, falling falling, up to 1000 feet down - but while you do that, you may as well enjoy the view! Bungee jumps are an adrenaline rush and whether you have already jumped or this is your first, these places will tempt you.

1 Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, USA – 1053 ft (321 m)
flickr | KariThe Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, which hangs above the Arkansas River, is among the favourite bungee-jumping spots due to its amazing height. It spans over the Royal Gorge Route Railway and has a wooden plank-way for a stunning walk across the river.

2 Macau Tower, China - 761ft (233 m)
flickr | Toby OxborrowThe Guinness World Record for the highest commercial bungee jump from a building is located in Macau. Before leaping from the edge of the gigantic tower you will get an extraordinary 360° view of China. AJ Hackett and his team invented a "second-generation bungee cord", considering the height and need for it to fall straight, rather than swing. “Designing this new bungee cord is a major step forward for us. It will now allow us to jump from any building or structure in the world” said Hackett, the founder.


3 Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa – 710 ft (216 m)
flickr | Thomas GuillemThis incredible highest single span arch bridge makes the bungee jumping experience really dizzying and unique. Bloukrans Bridge is also the highest commercial bungee jumping venue internationally.


4 Verzasca Dam, Val Verzasca, Switzerland – 721 ft (220 m)

flickr | Cristian SantinonThanks to the notorious James Bond stunt in the film ‘Goldeneye’, this huge hydroelectric dam has become one of the most favoured haunts for bungee jumpers. You need a prior reservation, a medical check and the proper height and weight proportions in order to identify yourself with 007.


5 Corinth Canal, Greece – 260 ft (79 m)
flickr | Dennis JarvisThe Corinth Canal acts as a connector between Greece and the Peloponnese. If you would like to take a bungee jump from a bridge, you can plunge down to the canal’s depth on summer weekends.


6 Ponte Colossus, Italy – 500 ft (152 m)
flickr | Enrico StrocchiThis 350 m long bridge certainly is a remarkable and inspiring spot for a sport-like bungee jump. The fall  will take you about 4.5 seconds - you need powerful nerves to sustain the over 62 mph vertical speed of the free fall.

7 Extremo Park, Monteverde, Costa Rica - 469ft (143 m)
flickr | Isaac BordasIt is Latin America's highest bungee jump and also one of the newest. It is ideal for adrenaline lovers because they can leap from a tram suspended by a series of cables, above the Central American cloud forest, completely exposed to the place's wet and windy conditions. The park where it is based also allows you to delve into the jungle canopy with a broad circuit of zip lines and a Tarzan swing.

8 The Last Resort, Tatopani, Nepal - 525ft (160m)

wikipedia commonsThe Last Resort is Nepal's only bungee jump, placed on a ridge overlooking the rapids of the Bhote Kosi River, with a distance of only 7 miles from the Tibetan border. The resort also offers other adventurous activities like white-water rafting and canyoning. You plummet 160m from the bridge towards the raging Bhote Kosi below, completely surrounded by jungle.

9 Victoria Falls Bridge, border of Zimbabwe and Zambia - 361ft (110 m)
flickr | Harvey BarrisonIt would be hard-pressed to find a more breath-taking setting to take the leap than here. You stand, in no man's land between two countries, on top of the old railway bridge that Cecil Rhodes ordered to be built. Behind you crash the majestic falls, known to local people as "the smoke that thunders", while, 111m beneath, crocodiles go round the Zambezi River.

10 The Nevis, Queenstown, New Zealand (134 m)

flickr | SteveDefinitely among the title contenders for the world's most terrifying bungee jump. You start in a four-wheel drive and head up, up and up the uneven mountain road until you arrive at the bare and covered in stones Nevis Gorge. In the middle of this cleft, 134m up, dangles a cabin, blowing in the wind, which you reach with an open-air cable car. You then have 8 exciting seconds of freefall.

For the daredevil ones of you out there we have many adventure projects with Frontier where you can push the boundaries and get the adrenaline pumping. Take a look at them here.


By BiancaOnline Journalism Intern

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