From bullet trains to active volcanoes, travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has named its top new experiences for 2016. Consisting entirely of newly-opened or yet-to-open attractions, the list gives a peak at 31 experiences, ranging from extreme adventure challenges, such as zip-lining in Cuba’s Valle de Viñales, to cultural venues, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Topping the list is the Center for Extreme Tourism in Chinandega, Nicaragua, which opened in October 2015, and is a new ecotourism facility to support those who want to climb the country’s tallest active volcano and explore the San Cristóbal volcano natural reserve.
Japan’s new bullet train route is second: the Tokyo to Hakodate line is an 850km, four-hour journey connecting the capital to the country’s most northernmost island, Hokkaido, famous for its high-quality seafood, skiing and hot springs.
In third place is Rwanda’s Akagera national park, where, last summer, lions were reintroduced after 15 years. This year, as the pride establishes itself in its new territory, it will be easier for visitors to track the lions on safari.
Other new experiences on the list include the world’s first Dr Suess Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts; immersing yourself in desert flowers at the Field of Light installation at Uluru, Australia; and walking on water at the Floating Piers art installation on Italy’s Lake Iseo.