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Best of the Best Things to do 2023
Travellers' Choice
Travellers' Choice

Best of the Best Things to Do

Nature & Outdoor Activities - World

We award Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best to experiences and attractions with a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from our community over a 12-month period. Each winner has passed our rigorous trust and safety standards. Fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor’s 8 million listings are awarded Best of the Best, signifying the highest level of excellence in travel.

Congrats to all of the 2023 winners and a big thanks to the travellers who made it possible.

Below are the 2023 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Nature and Outdoor activities. Think fresh air, new heights, and even a wildlife sighting or two.

Ideal for first-time visitors, or those with limited time, this full-day tour takes you all around Oahu, making sure that you don't miss a thing. You'll see top attractions including Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, the Byodo-In Temple and the surfing beaches of the North Shore. Plus, you'll have time to explore Haleiwa town.
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 Duration: 9h
 Ages 0-99, max of 10 per group

2,849 reviews
Get a new perspective on Kauai as you soar through lush forests and over the Waita Reservoir on the island’s longest ziplines. While cruising across the 8-track course near Koloa, hang on to the handlebars or try some more daring acrobatic stunts with the hands-free ‘Flyin' Kauai'an’ harness.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 7-99, max of 12 per group
3,381 reviews
This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 6-99, max of 10 per group
1,446 reviews
Escape the bustling confines of Hanoi city, and breath the fresh air on this full-day rural Vietnam tour. With a local lunch of goat meat, fried rice and local fruits onboard, you’ll be fueled for an afternoon of action, taking in the scenery by both bamboo boat and mountain bike. See local villagers going about their daily lives as you come to appreciate a quieter slice of Vietnamese culture.
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 11–12 hours
 Ages 0-80, max of 15 per group
1,027 reviews
Fly over Rio de Janeiro on this hang gliding or paragliding tour. You do not need experience. Receive a short training session before heading off the Pedra Bonita ramp, located within the Tijuca National Park. Enjoy a unique perspective of the city before landing on São Conrado beach. Flight duration depends on weather conditions.
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 Duration: 1h 30m
 Ages 14-100, max of 8 per group
1,140 reviews
Speed through winter landscapes on this snowmobile adventure in North Pole. Follow an expert guide into the Chena Lakes Recreation area on remote mountain trails leading you across frozen lakes and rivers, and keep an eye out for wildlife. Then, park the snowmobile and wind down your adrenaline with a warm beverage, along with some snacks.
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 Duration: 1h
 Ages 7-85, max of 4 per group
3,294 reviews
Get out on the water and see Tampa Bay from a new perspective with this kayaking tour. Ride in a clear kayak—which has the advantage of greater visibility of the underwater world. Along the way look out for coastal birds, marine life, and the beautiful mangroves. No need to worry about missing out on photo opportunities—the trip includes photo stops and a break at Shell Key to enjoy its beach and sandbars.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-120, max of 10 per group
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Reach pockets of Madeira you can’t get to any other way than canyoning with this small group canyoning tour. Journey into the mountainous interior of the island for hours of abseiling down waterfalls, gliding down natural water slides, and jumping into pools for a swim. Places on this small-group tour are limited to 12 people and participants need a good level of fitness to take part.
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 Duration: 4h 30m
 Ages 16-63, max of 12 per group
1,796 reviews
Feel your pulse race during an exhilarating half-day of extreme activities in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains from Puerto Vallarta. Venture deep into an atmospheric jungle park to soar down Mexico’s longest zip line. Keep adrenaline levels high by rappelling down treetop platforms to suspended bridges, then ride in a powerful jeep and cascade down a rushing waterslide to the rainforest floor below. A safe and unforgettable experience is guaranteed on this family-friendly, small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 14 people.
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 Duration: 6h
 Ages 8-99, max of 9 per group
1,152 reviews
Tour the Caucasus Mountains safely, without having to drive yourself on scary roads, on this guided day tour. As you're driven into the mountains you'll stop at several places along the way, including the Jinvali Reservoir and Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble. At the Gudari Viewpoint you can opt to paraglide (extra fee). Be amazed by the architecture of the 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church. A must for culture and nature enthusiasts.
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 Duration: 14h
 Ages 0-85, max of 15 per group
2,202 reviews
Soar over the dramatic curves of desert canyons and drive a powerful UTV on off-road trails on this Canyon Canopy Adventure from Los Cabos. Glide along suspended steel cables while absorbing the unspoiled scenic beauty of the landscape, then drive through with ecological habitats on a modern ATV vehicle. Satisfy an appetite for adrenaline on this adventurous and active tour.
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 Duration: 6h
 Ages 8-99, max of 14 per group
1,555 reviews
Climb from the streets of the "Mile High City" to Rocky Mountain National Park, on a day trip that showcases the rugged beauty of Colorado's mountains. Weave through small, historic towns and drive over alpine passes, as you scan the horizon for mountain wildlife like elk, black bears, or moose.
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 Duration: 8h
 Ages 8-99, max of 14 per group
316 reviews
A fantastic and scenic journey up a live volcano for the sunrise view followed by a soothing and relaxing dip in the natural hot springs. We give you our 100% guarantee - if you don't love this experience, we'll refund 100% of your fee, no questions asked. This experience includes a local, fully licensed, English-speaking guide, breakfast cooked over the volcanic steam, admission to the natural hot springs, transportation to and from your hotel lobby and visit to coffee plantation.
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 Duration: 10h
 Ages 6-60, max of 15 per group
915 reviews
Adrenaline enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable experience will love ziplining through the Caribbean rainforest on St. Thomas. Soar through the air on 8 different platforms, reaching speeds of up to 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) as you take in stunning views of the ocean. Your knowledgeable guides will entertain you with stories about the Virgin Islands' culture, flora, and fauna, making this an adventure you won't soon forget. For a truly unique thrill, don't miss the Yo-Yo, the only zipline of its kind in the Caribbean!
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 5-99, max of 10 per group
320 reviews
La Leona Waterfall is a natural wonder located close to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, and it’s the ideal spot to cool off from the heat. With this tour, enjoy a scenic hike through the rainforest to reach the waterfalls, take a swim beneath the mighty falls, and have fun exploring the natural caves, rock formations, and waterfall slides.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 4-65, max of 15 per group
1,181 reviews
Adventure through the Yucatan peninsula's jungle during this tour that combines horseback riding and swimming in a cenote. You're provided with snacks, towels, water, and all necessary horseback riding equipment. Round-trip transportation from Playa del Carmen or Cancun included.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 8-70, max of 10 per group
444 reviews
Experience the thrilling power of nature with a full-day canyoning adventure down waterfalls and rapids in Dalat. Adrenaline and nature lovers alike will love this group canyoning tour, where experienced outdoor adventure guides will lead you on an unforgettable trip down a series of thundering waterfalls in the jungle. Great for beginner and experienced canyoners alike, your guides will teach you everything you need to know about canyoning before you hit the trails.
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 Duration: 24h
 Ages 7-55, max of 15 per group
522 reviews
Go on a rappelling and zipline adventure at Puerto Rico’s Carite State Forest. After a convenient pickup from select hotels, travel by private van with a small group and local guide and enjoy a hike along the river. Then, rappel 80 feet (24 meters) down El Salto Waterfall and glide across three ziplines back to basecamp. Enjoy a home-cooked meal—included in the tour price—before returning to San Juan.
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 Duration: 7h
 Ages 12-65, max of 10 per group
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1,160 reviews
Explore Africa’s majestic Atlas Mountains on this guided, full-day hiking and riding tour from Marrakesh. On this small-group tour, visit varied landscapes and valleys with spectacular views. Travel through traditional Berber villages, learning about their customs and culture and soak up the atmosphere from one valley to the next. Lunch plus a Marrakesh hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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 7–8 hours
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
133 reviews
Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America, but scaling the mighty 22,841-foot (6,961-meter) peak is a feat best left to the professionals. This full-day tour is the ideal way for less-ambitious hikers to experience the magnificent landscapes of Aconcagua, with a hike through the Aconcagua Park, spectacular views of landmarks such as Potrerillos Dam and Puente del Inca, and a delicious lunch at mountaintop restaurant.
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 Duration: 12h
 Ages 3-65, max of 4 per group
133 reviews
Join this group tour where you ride an open-air safari truck and experience the wildlife and rural way of living in Puerto Plata. You’ll visit Monkey Land where you can feed monkeys fruit, and then get back on the bus to visit a local countryside home. Along the way you’ll have some hot chocolate and coffee samples to give you a little boost.
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 Duration: 4h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
223 reviews
Hidden deep within the Polylimnio Gorge, you’ll find an impressive, nearly 100-foot-tall (30 meters) waterfall. On this tour from Kalamata, follow a guide down a narrow path to the base of the falls, where you’ll have an opportunity to swim and dive. Hear commentary about the scenic, enjoy complimentary fresh fruit, and opt for hotel pickup and drop-off to make your trip even more convenient.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 0-75, max of 15 per group
199 reviews
Abisko National Park is one of the world's best places to see the Northern Lights but, even there, the elusive aurora can be tricky to spot. This small-group tour is led by guides who know how to read the sky's conditions in order to have the best chance of seeing the lights. Guides will also tell you some of the stories behind the aurora and can help you with your camera's settings.
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 6–7 hours
 Ages 18-65, max of 12 per group
776 reviews
Immerse yourself in the nature of Northern Bohemia on this day trip to Bohemian Switzerland National Park. This small-group tour takes you north of Prague to the border of the Czech Republic and Germany and puts you smack in the middle of Central Europe's most beautiful landscapes. Sail on a gondola-style boat down the river, walk along the Elbe River and gawk at the views offered by The Bastei rock formation.
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 12–13 hours
 Ages 5-100, max of 7 per group
121 reviews
The walk with llamas is an activity in which the passenger will enjoy a short and enjoyable tour in the company of llamas. My llamas are very friendly and they are allowed to take close-up pictures. The route adapts to the need of the passenger, usually has a duration of two hours. While enjoying the walk, the geology of the landscape, the history and the native plants are interpreted with their medicinal use.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 2-79, max of 4 per group
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