Sunday Special – Ciudad Perdida, Colombia

An ancient city set deep into the forests of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains in the South American country of Colombia is where we visit today. Ciudad Perdida, built most likely by the Tairona peoples, it was a significant hub for the ruling powers through to the arrival of Spanish. Believed to be built 650 years prior to Machu Picchu, it is constructed with terraces along the side of the mountain as well as roadways and plazas. It is a great example of pre-Colombian engineering. Despite being “discovered” in the 1970s the local tribes of Arhuaco, Wiwas, and Koguis have been aware of the it long before then. It has since been researched and restored (through the Global Heritage Fund) and today is considered one of Colombia’s most incredible multi-day hikes for those with a sense of adventure.

View of Ciudad Perdida, Colombia – Photo credit:
Dwayne ReilanderView of Ciudad PerdidaCC BY-SA 4.0

Hiking through the tropical forest to the “Lost City”can only be done with a tour group. Independent hiking is not allowed. Length of tours will vary dependant on how far you chose to hike each day to complete the 43 km / 27 mile trek. The route is not accessible by vehicle, only by foot (or helicopter). It is know to have steep inclines, varying weather, and an incredible views along the way.


Sunday Special Thrill Seekers – Micro Light Flying Over Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is on my bucket list. This incredible natural wonder that is bordered by both Zambia and Zimbabwe looks spellbinding! In fact I featured it here on Sunday Special a bit ago. Today I am featuring it as a thrill seeker post since there are a plethora of adventure activities that you can take part in. While seeing the falls would be spectacular on its own some of us may want to experience it with a rush of adrenaline too. 

Some of the activities you can participate in include tandem skydiving, helicopter tours,  zip lining (including flying fox zip lining), gorge swings, the Devil’s Pool (swimming on the edge of the falls), white water rafting on the Zambezi River, and even canoeing along the calmer parts of the river. That is plenty of adventure and memory making. Today however, we will take a closer look at micro light flying over the falls!

Micro light flying, sometimes called ultra light flying, came about as a motorized variation of hand gliding.  Though the classification of “microlight” and “ultralight” aircraft can have a wide range, many of the planes have open cockpits, 1 – 2 seats, and either flex or fixed wings. Sounds incredible for those who want to see the wonder of the falls from a perspective like no other. A number of operators offer 15 or 30 min flights in mainly flex-wing planes allowing for breathtaking views of the thundering falls below. What an awe-inducing experience!  

**Please note: I was unable to find photos of microlight flights over Victoria Falls that I could share with attribution. The photo below is of a microlight aircraft so you can see what it is. I do suggest a Google search of this activity in Victoria Falls if you want a visual. 


A microlight aircraft flying high – Photo is Public Domain (Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone), Pegasus quantum 15-912 microlight g-byff kemble arp, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons)

*Note/Disclaimer – The decision to participate in high risk activities is a personal choice. Always research the activities and know the risks. Wanders The World is posting only for informational purposes and is in no way responsible for the choices made by anyone reading the posts.

Sunday Special Thrillseekers – Skydiving in Dubai

Skydiving (or Parachuting) has been one of the first items on my bucket list – ever since my teen years. I have not yet indulged this as the idea continues to partially freak me out. But then again so did bungee jumping and now I want to do that over and over. The first parachuting jump was way back in 1797 above Paris by André-Jacques Garnerin. Since then it has evolved in a recreational activity and a competitive extreme sport. 

Skydiving can be done in many places in the world, including the Greater Vancouver area though I think it would be quite spectacular to do in Dubai, UAE and see the incredible man-made Palm Jumeirah Island or the sands of the Arabian Dessert from the sky. From my research it seems that Skydive Dubai is the place to go (I couldn’t find any other operations) and they have a couple of options. Let’s take a look:

  • Tandem Skydiving – The best way to go for the novice or first-timer. You will be shown the whole process and what to expect. Then strapped to an experienced diver and off you go. Cameras will capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments for you. Tandem skydiving is offered at their dessert campus drop-zone and palm drop-zone.
  • Skydive School – Want to take it to the next level? Then take this course that includes classroom time and hands-free experience (8 jumps) so you can do it solo.  They offer the world’s largest skydiving school.

Not quite ready to jump out of a plane? Well there is iFly Dubai’s Indoor Skydiving. Here you will be inside a tunnel that keeps you and the instructor suspended at 4 metres above the ground simulating what actual skydiving is like. This sounds like it would be fun too.


Tandem skydivers over the Palm Jumeirah Island, Dubai – Photo credit: Dubai Tourism, Skydiving over Palm JumeirahCC BY 3.0

*Note/Disclaimer – The decision to participate in high risk activities is a personal choice. Always research the activities and know the risks. Wanders The World is posting only for informational purposes and is in no way responsible for the choices made by anyone reading these posts.

Sunday Special – Thrill Seeker Edition

Travel encompasses many areas and there is no shortage of things to see, do, and experience in this wide world of ours. Sometimes you want to so something that really gets the adrenaline pumping and adds that extra zing to your travel escapades. Since we are all different the level of “extreme” will vary from person to person. While I consider ziplining fun and not scary at all, another may find this is well out of their comfort zone. To showcase much of the variety of adrenaline-inducing activities I am adding the “Thrill Seeker Edition” to a few Sunday Specials now and again.

Since I mentioned ziplining that is what we’ll look at today.  We are going to head to South Africa where there is no shortage of aerial parks to get a different perspective on your surroundings. So where can you careen at top speed on on a pulley  and cable while feeling the wind in your face and view the tops of the trees below? This is what I found:

  • Canopy Tours South Africa – With 7 locations across South Africa you can experience Canopy Tours throughout the country.  Their locations include Elgin (outside of Cape Town),  in the Magaliesberg Mountains (outside Gauteng), and  KZN Midlands (outside of Durban).
  • SA Forest Adventures – Offering several types of adventures to choose from you can go with the zipline and other adventures. They have 3 locations in the Western Cape: Cape Town, Hermanus, and Caledon.
  • Storm River’s Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour & Zipline – The first zip line in South Africa their lines traverse through Tsitsikamma Indigenous Forest.
  • Zip 2000 – One of the world’s longest, fastest, and highest ziplines, this one sure to get your adrenaline on high. It is located in Sun City.

If you want the to glide through the air in South Africa you have plenty of choices!


Flying through the trees in Tsitsikamma, South Africa – Photo credit: South African Tourism from South Africa, Canopy tree top tours, Tsitsikamma Forest, Western Cape (6253205746)CC BY 2.0

*Note/Disclaimer – The decision to participate in high risk activities is a personal choice. Always research the activities and know the risks. Wanders The World is posting only for informational purposes and is in no way responsible for the choices made by anyone reading these posts.