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Valais: Living the high life

What goes up must come down - it just depends on your mode of transport

The peace and tranquillity of Swiss life can easily be broken for those seeking thrills and spills. Its diverse scenery provides endless opportunities to use the terrain as your playground – simply make the most of the lie of the land and gravity! You can hire mountain bikes in most villages and towns, and if you're keen on watching the world go by without sweating up steep hills, you can take bikes on most cablecars in the region. From here it makes life a lot easier cruising back down the hill to town.

The peace and tranquillity of Swiss life can easily be broken for those seeking thrills and spills. Its diverse scenery provides endless opportunities to use the terrain as your playground – simply make the most of the lie of the land and gravity! You can hire mountain bikes in most villages and towns, and if you're keen on watching the world go by without sweating up steep hills, you can take bikes on most cablecars in the region. From here it makes life a lot easier cruising back down the hill to town.

The list of other activities is as long as you want to make it. Bungy jumping, giant swing, high jumping, zorbing, rap jumping, canyoning, hydrospeed, funjak, water rafting, kayaking, hang-gliding, paragliding – the list goes on. Rafting companies will take you up river, give you safety instruction and guide you down the Rhône for the day – seeing the scenery from the river gives you a totally different perspective.

For the more daring, you can take to the air on a tandem para-glider with an instructor and enjoy the view on your way down. It depends on how much action you want; Valais can provide the perfect backdrop to an adrenalin-filled, fun-packed holiday.

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