Destinations You Can Only Get to By Helicopter
Some of the best adventures are found in places most people can’t get to. We aren’t talking about the ultra-exclusive luxury getaways. Imagine places of unspoiled beauty that few people have ever seen, and remote or unique destinations far from the usual tourist hotspots. A helicopter excursion is the perfect gift for couples to explore the faraway places most people will never see. This is where the best memories happen.
The Nazca Lines, Peru
Technically, the Nazca Lines can be reached by ground, but the only true way to experience their splendor is from the air. The Nazca Lines were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE, but it wasn’t until about 1940 when Historian Paul Kosok flew over them that the world discovered what they really were.
There are many far out theories floating around why the Nazca Lines were built. Some people say it was an airfield for UFOs, and others speculate it’s a psychic conduit. The more down to earth explanations say the Lines were created to be part of a spiritual rite or to represent constellations. Whatever the reason, the best way to see the Nazca Lines is by helicopter.
Mica Lodge, British Columbia
Here’s a common dilemma. One of you wants to go to a luxury resort while the other just wants to get away from it all in a nice quiet place in the middle of nowhere. Well, good news, Mica Lodge is the perfect compromise.
This secluded lodge offers heli-skiing and first class accommodations in one of the most breathtaking beautiful parts of North America. If crowds aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Mica Lodge only allows a maximum of 20 visitors at a time, which makes the ratio of guest to staff 1 to 1, so you can be sure the service will be top notch.
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Unlikely Valley, Alaska
Camping is one of the best and most fun activities couples can do. Most of the time it’s taking a hike through a state or national park, and setting up a tent at a designated campground, but for those who want something more wild and exciting, there is Uncanny Valley Alaska. Uncanny Valley is an isolated valley surrounded by mountains and glaciers that is only accessible by helicopter. Guides can take people ice climbing and exploring the glaciers. Everything is included, so all you’ll need is the right clothes and a good camera.
Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru
There are many tourist spots that you can visit in Peru that are just waiting to be explored, but the top three must-see destinations are Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, and the famous Inca ruins of Tambomachay. These are the places that will make your trip worthwhile and will give you unforgettable experiences.
Machu Picchu is a fascinating Incan city that’s set high up in the mountains above the Urubamba Desert in Peru, near the town of Cusco. Built between the 13th and 15th centuries, it is known for its intricate dry-stone structures that fuse large blocks of stone without the use of cement, impressive ancient buildings that play on ancient astronomical alignments, and breathtaking panoramas.
Because of the amazing archaeological significance and beauty of Machu Picchu, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru. When visiting Machu Picchu, it is advisable to bring along a map of the place and a camera if you have one since this place is beautiful and difficult to photograph from the ground. Before you leave for the place, you can also take a trip to Tambomachay and get a tour of the famous “Picchu crater” where you can hike through the volcano and experience an indigenous rainforest for a few days. In addition to taking photographs, you can also consume some local food and learn about the Inca’s culture and history.
If you plan to visit Machu Picchu, you can hire a vehicle to take you around and take pictures of the site. However, if you are traveling on foot, you can take a trek to Lares and make sure to take along some trekking boots as these are much stronger than walking shoes. You can buy a pack of trekking poles to protect your feet from rocks and to help you climb to some of the ruins.
Cirque de Mafate, Réunion Island, Indian Ocean
This little French island stuck between Madagascar and Mauritius is an interesting mix of African, French, and even Chinese culture that has grown and evolved into something all its own. The official language is French, but the inhabitants speak what has become known as Réunion Creole. Like its more famous neighbor Madagascar, Réunion Island offers visitors the chance to experience a part of the world where millions of years of isolation have created flora and fauna that don’t exist anywhere else.
One particular place of interest is Cirque de Mafate. Cirque de Mafate rests in a caldera on the island, and is home to several small hamlets. While it’s possible to get there via hiking trails, a helicopter is the best way. Cirque de Mafate has become a popular destination for people wanting to experience a remote and unique natural area, in an exotic land, that is safe and has modern amenities such as grocery stores and restaurants. There are even some good bars to visit. What more could a couple looking for adventure ask for?
What couple doesn’t want the most memorable vacation experience imaginable? The first thing that usually comes to mind are the exotic Caribbean resorts or a European ski holiday. Those places are nice, but unless you go during the off season, they are always crowded. Plus, they are never as nice as the commercials and brochures make them out to be. So instead of the regular destinations, why not go on a real adventure?
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