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Adventurous, daring and brave are a few words to describe someone who gets a thrill from bungee jumping. Although there is always risk involved with free falling while attached to a bungee cord, there have only been a handful of deaths associated with bungee jumping, according to Telegraph.co.uk. Despite the low chances of catastrophe, there are risk takers galore who are willing to bungee jump in the world's most popular and well-known locations.
Macau Tower in China
According to telegraph.co.uk, the 764-foot high Macau Tower in China is currently the highest bungee jumping location in the world, with about five seconds of freely falling. Jumpers leap from the tall building in Macau, plummeting 124 miles per hour and rebounding at about 100 feet above the concrete at the base of the tower, according to Macau.com.
Verzasca Dam in Switzerland
The 722-foot bungee drop at the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland became famous when the jump was featured in the 2002 James Bond film "GoldenEye" starring Pierce Brosnan. The bungee location was the highest in the world in 2002, and it has been attracting huge crowds since the film's release, according to Traveler's Digest. Taking the leap off of the dam's wall takes guts, and it takes about seven seconds to reach the lowest point.
Imagine sitting on the skid of a helicopter at an altitude of 10,000 feet, waiting to plunge 700 feet over a bubbling and active volcano. Adventure seekers have the opportunity to do this over an Andean volcano in Pucon Chile, according to Bungee.com. The trip costs about $10,000, and it includes meals, transportation and a five-night stay at a five-star hotel.
Ultimate Bungy, Nepal
Bungee jumping in the jungle and forest over a gorge in the Himalayas of Nepal near the border of Tibet is one of the world's best bungee-jumping locations, according to Traveler's Digest. Individuals jump from a steel suspension bridge that is 500 feet above the Bhote Kosi, one of the country's rivers.
Bridge to Nowhere, California
The Bridge to Nowhere was built in 1936 and is located about 40 miles from Los Angeles, California, in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains. Although the bridge is no longer used by automobiles, it is a popular place to bungee jump. Bungee America Inc. is the oldest operating bungee-jumping business in the U.S., and the company has arranged for about 100,000 jumps. It is a five-mile hike to the bridge, and hikers cross a rocky river bed numerous times.