Spelunking to Sacrificial Sites in Belize
Tkal in Guatemala and Copán in Honduras are both sights to behold, but one of Belize’s Mayan ruins easily surpasses them in the danger department. Dodge wolf spiders and swooping bats, swim through jet-black pools, and squeeze through damp, cold passages barely wider than your shoulders on the two-hour trek to Actun Tunichil Muknal, a 1,000-year-old sacrificial site discovered deep within the cave in 1989. Your bravery is rewarded upon arrival in the “Cathedral,” where the remains of fourteen sacrificial victims have gathered dust for more than a millennium. Book with Mayawalk Tours ($75 per person; mayawalk.com), and stay nearby at Blancaneaux Lodge, Francis Ford Coppola’s luxurious jungle resort (from $500; coppolaresorts.com).
Zip-Lining Over Cliffs in MoroccoA if the stunning views of Marrakech from the High Atlas Mountains weren’t dizzying enough, there’s the stomach-dropping ride on a zip line through vertiginous cliffs and valleys ($21). Run out of the casually luxe ecolodge Terres D’Amanar (from $200; terresdamanar.com), 45 minutes outside of the fabled city, the zip line whisks you over the same gaping crevasse where Sean Connery plummeted to his death in The Man Who Would Be King; past a red-clay Berber village with a towering mosque; and into the arms of local guides. Later, enjoy another only-in-Morocco moment, playing a game of donkey polo on a nearby field.