Whether it’s a personal goal, a tick on your bucket list, or your love for nature; hiking is a great way to explore a country and what it has to offer. Walking through nature and connecting with it will leave you in awe of how amazing planet Earth really is, and how wonderful it is to be able to enjoy its splendour!
From elephants roaming close to glaciers in the surreal Mountains of the Moon, to the absolute serenity and peace of the Tonquin valley, here are the 7 best hiking trails in the world.
Inca Trail – Peru
The Inca trail is a must on every hiker’s bucket list. This mysterious trail will lead you to the once, long-lost city of Machu Picchu, Peru. It is one of the most famous and recognisable archaeological sites, and was discovered by accident in 1911! Machu Picchu can be reached by bus or train, but it’s not the same as taking the same route the ancient Incas took to build this once, great city.
The Peruvian government only gives permits to 200 hikers and 300 porters for a day due to the immense popularity of the trail, so be sure to book in advance. The whole hike takes 3 – 4 days to complete. Permits are fully booked in advance especially during the high season, which is during the months of June to August. The Inca trail is shut down in February for maintenance.
It is recommended to hire a guide as they will provide you with the history of the trail and its other attributes, as well as help you with the camping procedure. However, taking the hike without a guide is just as rewarding, as the other hikers you meet on the trail will make conversation and end up being your friends as they accompany you through the hike. You don’t have to carry a heavy bag filled with travel items; you just need to pack the essential daily items – the porters will carry the remainder in a duffel bag, straight up to the camp site.
The Inca Trail is quite an experience as it will connect you with the ancient Incas who used this trail, and the sunrise at Macchu Picchu will leave you in awe. Don’t forget to take a llama selfie!