Adventure travel destinations are easy to find. But true adventure is much more difficult to come by. There is nothing wrong with hitting the trails inside a local park or visiting an eco-tourism resort for a zip-line ride or a walk on a canopy bridge. However, for a more authentic experience and a true taste of adventure, certain less-known destinations are often the best choices.

Want to have a true adventure experience? Try one of these off-the-tourist-trail destinations.

Adventure travel destinations are easy to find. But true adventure is much more difficult to come by. There is nothing wrong with hitting the trails inside a local park or visiting an eco-tourism resort for a zip-line ride or a walk on a canopy bridge. However, for a more authentic experience and a true taste of adventure, certain less-known destinations are often the best choices.

Want to have a true adventure experience? Try one of these off-the-tourist-trail destinations.

Suriname

Suriname
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Much of the Amazon Rainforest lies in Brazil. However, one of the best places to access the most untouched section of this famous jungle is Suriname, a small country on the northern coastline of South America. The coastal areas of this natural paradise feature beaches and dense mangrove forests. A vast rainforest covers much of the inland portion of the country. Much of this jungle is protected as part of a series of national parks and national forests. Infrastructure is basic, but it is good enough that tourists with a strong sense of adventure can reach remote sections of virgin forest as part of an eco-tourism expedition.

Bhutan

Bhutan
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The number of tourists who receive visas to this kingdom high in the Himalayas is limited and all travelers must come as part of a package tour. These restrictions keep many backpacker-types away and ensure that only a limited number of visitors come to the country. Trekking on little used trails is possible in Bhutan. However, the most magical part of this country is its culture, which has been little influenced by the outside world. Trekkers can walk to remote towns and see amazing temples and witness colorful, exotic festivals that few outsiders ever get to see.

Botswana

Botswana
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Safari tourism has been popular for more than a century, and it remains a major source of income for this peaceful, land-locked Southern African nation. Botswana is home to the stark Kalahari Desert and also to the lush Okavango Delta, a vast wetland that is one of Africa’s last untouched wildernesses. The Delta is teeming with wildlife, from crocodiles to elephants to rhinoceros. A limited number of safari outfitters work in the country, so the number of tourists remains relatively low. This makes it possible to have an authentic nature experience and see truly untouched landscapes and unbothered wildlife up close. Botswana is one of the few remaining places where a truly authentic safari experience is still within reach.

Austria

Austria
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Austria is a popular destination for skiers and tourists who want to experience the culture of Central Europe. Yes, quaint villages, traditional markets and ski chalets are a part of the landscape of the Austrian Alps, but this is also a great place to trek through the mountains. The country has a number of well-maintained trails. These back-country paths pass through isolated mountain landscapes. A series of small towns and mountain-side cabins make it possible to take a weeks-long trek through the alps while staying in relative comfort every night.

Greenland

Greenland
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This large-but-remote island, which is an autonomous part of Denmark, is filled with glaciers and surrounded by icebergs. The icy beauty draws people who are truly enchanted with cold weather landscapes. It is possible to travel here via traditional means, including by dog sled or by kayak. Since there is no private land in Greenland, tourists are hypothetically free to wander anywhere (though the wildness of the land means that this is not always the best thing to do).

New Zealand

New Zealand
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New Zealand is a land of mountain ranges, rolling hills, dense forests, waterways and an amazingly diverse and utterly unique collection of wildlife and plant life. New Zealand’s list of adventure options is literally endless. Sailing around this island nation is a popular pastime for locals and visiting sailors alike. Mountaineers come from all over the world to scale the collection of peaks that dot the islands. Hikers can walk for weeks on end, while horse-riding, four-wheel journeys and mountain bike expeditions are also on the itinerary for anyone who wishes. In short, New Zealand is one of the best playgrounds for true adventurers in the entire world.