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Experience Some of the The Planet's Best Hikes

The most important hike is not just about the walk itself, but instead about appreciating the destination’s historical past and culture. Still, these walks are not an effortless undertaking. Best picture They will make you challenge yourself physically and test your will, creating an indelible imprint of the splendor of our planet.

A list of the globe's greatest hikes is shown below.

Peru: Inca Trail - 26.7 miles and 4 days
Special moments are abundant on the Inca Trail, but not like the minute you go through the Sun Gate and view the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. Ideal time to go: May to September

Lost City of Colombia- 27 miles - 5 days

Walk through the dense jungle through streams before coming to the ruins of Teyuna. Arrive here first you and will have this Lost City to enjoy exclusively. The perfect months to go are December to March.

Everest Base Camp in Nepal - 13 days and 38.5 miles

This journey will bring you nearer to the people of the Himalayas before uncovering a window to the top of the planet.

Once you view Everest, you will not view the world in the exact same way anymore. Ideal time to go: August to November.

Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro, 8 days and 21.1 miles

Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's greatest crest at 5,895m (19,340 ft). It is no easy task, but unlike other significant peaks, it gives those brave enough to make it to the top.

Perfect time to go: September to March.

Europe's Mont Blanc - 8 days and 77.7 miles

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one hundred miles and travels through Switzerland, Italy, and France. Ideal time to go: June to September.

Patagonia's Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles in 10 days

Known for its stunning scenery, you will discover stunning volcanic backdrops, enormous glaciers, and vast steppe-like plains leading to the horizon. The ideal months to go are December to March.

Venezuela's Mt Roirama - 21.1 miles in 6 days

The magnificent mountain of Roraima is special to the region's local inhabitants and is said to have motivated Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, "The Lost World."

When to go: November to April is the perfect time to walk the Roraima path but anytime of the year is good.

The Camino de Santiago in Spain - 30 days and 466 miles
The respected Camino de Santiago, also identified as the St. James Trail, was a very important Christian passage during the Middle Ages, and is still considered a significant religious pilgrimage today. Best time to go: It can be walked 12 months out of the year but it is optimal somewhere between the spring and autumn - however it will be very congested.

The Broad Array of Things to Do and See in Asia

Noted for its sophisticated cosmopolitan culture, Hong Kong is an international trade, style, and culinary hub for Asia. Don’t miss Phuket, the largest of Thailand’s islands and one enjoyed for its gorgeous vistas and cultural attractions. Located in India’s Kerala state, Cochin (or Kochi) is commonly called “Queen of the Arabian Sea” and is famed for its history and cultural influences, including St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese and the Jewish Community’s seven synagogues, dating back to 1503 and the 12th century, respectively. Another must-see is Petra, the Jordanian city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is known as “Rose City” because it was crafted of rose-colored stone.

When you visit the world by cruise ship, you can see bustling metropolises and tiny tribal villages, rain forests and mountains, polar bears and lions, all while taking advantage of the luxurious comfort of your ship.

International Escapes: Not As Far As You Might Think

You might believe a long weekend is too brief to travel internationally. Some illustration This couldn’t be further from the truth. Really, lots of international destinations are close enough to be a feasible three-day weekend trip. Below is a list of fabulous places great for a thrilling weekend adventure.

Montreal, Quebec

Montreal is the second biggest city in Canada after Toronto and is a lovely city full of old-world elegance. In the Vieux Montreal neighborhood, tourists can stroll cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and eateries.

The popular Mount Royal Park is a great place to spend an afternoon if the weather permits, as you can hike, rent a bicycle, or find a lovely spot for a luscious picnic. The park also features snowshoeing, ice skating and more every winter season.

Bermuda
Bermuda is not only internationally-renowned for its beautiful pink sand beaches, but this British overseas territory located in the mid-Atlantic is just a two-hour flight from lots of US cities.

In addition to the amazing beaches, Bermuda is a great place to stroll around exploring its picturesque cobblestone streets, imposing forts, traditional colonial buildings, and interesting maritime history. Bold adventurers could rent a jet ski and ride into the famous Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

The magnificent beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico are an uncomplicated weekend escape for surfers and anyone who just wants to lie in the sun and the sand. Cabo San Lucas in the southernmost part of the Baja peninsula offers a great restaurant scene famous for upscale local cuisine, an exciting nightlife, and beautiful world-class resorts right on the beach. It’s also the ultimate vacation for those who want to enjoy the water, and perhaps a little romance, with Lover’s Beach boasting some amazing caves, rock formations, and strikingly clear azure waters.

Costa Rica

Even though its tropical rain forest feels like another world, Costa Rica is really a fairly short flight from many places in the U.S. It boasts an amazing 800 miles of breathtaking coastal areas complete with amazingly beautiful beaches.

The area associated with the famous Arenal Volcano is a mecca for adventurous weekenders, with activities including hiking the verdant jungles and rain forests, zip-lining, climbing breathtaking waterfalls, seeing exotic monkeys and sloths in their natural environment, and finally soaking in a relaxing hot spring fed by the volcano.

Cartagena, Columbia
Situated on the northern side of Columbia facing the Caribbean, in Cartagena you’ll find brilliant blue waters with coral reefs that edge white powdery beaches.

History buffs will enjoy the architecture reminiscent of Spanish colonial times with its military influence, antique walls still surrounding part of the city today, and fortresses made from coral stone more than 500 years ago.

Toronto

As the largest city in Canada, Toronto is a contemporary metropolis perfect for a weekend getaway for anyone who loves big city adventures. It is regarded as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than half of the residents born outside the city. After a weekend in Toronto you may well feel like you’ve been on a world tour if you went to its Little Italy, Chinatown, Koreatown, and Greektown.

Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, relaxing on the beach with a cool drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway right for you. Anything you are looking for – love, adventure, culinary wonders, history – can be yours.

Africa: A Continent of Remarkable Diversity

Follow in the footsteps of early colonizers from Germany, Britain, Portugal, and The Netherlands when you go on a cruise to Africa. The diverse cultures established by ancient tribal traditions and colonialism are interesting to compare when you stop in places such as Senegal, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius. South Africa boasts magnificent mountainous terrain, while at the other end of the spectrum, the desert landscape of Namibia will leave you without words.

Chefs and food lovers alike will want to stopover on the beautiful tropical archipelago of Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island” due to its abundance of valuable spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

The Allure of the Mediterranean Sea

From viticulture and art to science and democracy, historians credit the start of modern civilization to the countries along the southern coast of Europe.

Learn about the history of the “Old World” along its shores. You will not want to leave once you've enjoyed the wonder of the Greek Islands and Santorini, worshipped the sun on the sandy beaches of Italy and Spain, and seen up close the historical attractions of Jerusalem and Greece. There is no other city in the world like Rome, with its ancient Colosseum and Pantheon, or Vatican City, home of the Pope and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Stop in Spain’s cosmopolitan city of Barcelona to check out the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudi. For wine aficionados, top destinations include France’s Provence region, Chianti in Italy, and Port in Portugal.

A popular destination on the Adriatic coast of Croatia is the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

Sail Around North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean Islands

The Americas and the Caribbean are comprised of many different countries, each with its own unique culture, lifestyle, and gorgeous vistas. The Caribbean is a hodgepodge of influences from Spain, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Africa, although the quintessential Caribbean laid-back feeling is everywhere from Antigua and Aruba to St. Martin and San Juan. The sample Central America, the group of countries located between North and South America, has its own unique history and stunning landscapes. History buffs will love to study the ruins of ancient civilizations including the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec, while more adventurous types will enjoy the tropical forests of Costa Rica.

Travel through the Panama Canal and learn exactly how it works. Both North and South America are blessed with interesting attractions both ancient and modern, as well as gorgeous vistas.

In Canada, discover Quebec City and enjoy its French influences, or travel back in time to the 11th-century Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows. Discover the natural beauty of Alaska’s glaciers when you travel along the west coast of the United States, or go to the east coast instead, if you favor more cosmopolitan cities.

Head South
Continuing southward, travelers will encounter jaw-dropping ruins, a wide diversity of cultures and peoples, and world music we all recognize. A trip south to Brazil will give city lovers the option to visit Rio de Janeiro with its famous beaches and vibrant nightlife, or nature buffs the opportunity to see the rain forests along the Amazon.

In Chile, stop in the city of Valparaiso, with its colorfully painted houses climbing the sharp hillsides, or if you prefer stunning natural landscapes, visit the country’s breathtaking fjords and massifs.

In Buenos Aires you can learn to dance the Tango, or just take in a live show. Keep going south all the way to Antarctica to experience the dazzling snow-filled landscape.

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