If your idea of a perfect vacation involves hitting the trails, you’re not alone. More and more people are getting caught up in the simple pleasure of hiking. So when you’re planning your next vacation, consider one that involves spending plenty of time outdoors. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry; we’ve got your essential list of the world’s best hiking destinations. So grab a bottle of water and make sure you’ve got a solid pair of shoes — let’s go!
Inca Trail – Peru
It’s one of the most beautiful trails in the world, and easily one of the most popular. The Inca Trail in Peru is 46 miles of ancient ruins, stunning jungle scenery, and breathtaking mountains. Be forewarned — this is not for beginners. This trail can be grueling and intense. But those who’ve made the trek (which ends at Machu Picchu) say it’s the experience of a lifetime. With a pedigree like that, it’s easy to see why.
Kalalau Trail – Hawaii, USA
The island of Kauai has some of the most gorgeous coastlines in the world. But to see these views, you need to trek — an 11-mile hike, to be exact. It’s simply the only way to get there. While this may be a bummer for those not inclined toward hiking, for others it’s a dream come true. You get some of the most incredible views of the island, and bragging rights for having conquered a particularly difficult trail. For the committed hiker, it’s absolutely not to be missed.
Milford Track – New Zealand
It’s been called “the finest walk on Earth,” and the Milford Track more than lives up to its reputation. This is one of the most beautiful hikes known to man, and easily encompasses the rugged beauty of New Zealand. From majestic mountains to peaceful blue lakes and everything in between, you’ll be able to witness the natural glory of this lovely country. Do you want to relax under a waterfall? How about tackle some glaciers? Would you rather explore the rainforest? The Milford Track has it all, making it an essential spot for any avid hiker.
Pays Dogon – Mali
Considered one of the most scenic places in Africa, the trail of Pays Dogon is a wonderful way to take in the enchanting beauty of south-central Mali. Pick a village to start your trek from, and get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Besides covering some truly awe-inspiring peaks (and getting an unsurpassed view of the area), you’ll also be able to explore the ruins of ancient villages of the Dogon people. It’s an incredible combination of Africa’s past and present and you’ll leave with a better understanding of the rich culture of Dogon, and a ton of pictures from your hike sure to wow your social media followers.
Any other great hiking trails we should check out in 2018? Tell us about them in the comments.