Do you ever feel like the hustle and bustle of our modern world is way too much at times? Many people believe that trekking holidays are the antidote to our stressful world as a lot of the time there is very minimal contact with people or the modern world and hardly any mobile reception. Trekking through scenic bliss at your own pace is a breath of fresh air, however there is a real benefit to booking a guide or a tour for the destination you’re trekking to. So where would you like to go? How about Costa Rica where you can trek through volcanoes and waterfalls, or even Machu Picchu and experience the lost world of the Incas? If you’re still unsure, take a look at the rundown of the best trekking holidays for the world traveller below.
Explore Costa Rica
There are many hikes available in Costa Rica, a country that has gorgeous, rugged rainforests and beautiful coastlines. With over 30% of the country’s land area protected by national parks, preserves and wildlife refuges, the trails are perfect for the world adventurer. You are able to trek through rainforests, mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, and beaches, and even relax with a visit to the thermal baths. This destination is perfect for the avid trekker as well as people who really want to push themselves both physically and mentally, guided hikes are the best way to explore the beauty of Costa Rica. There are many guided tours available, from trekking Braulio Carrillo National Park, to through a cloud forest, to San Ramon Waterfall.
If you want a trek that’s not so far out in the middle of nowhere, Tuscany could be the place for you. You’ll be able to explore the old cities and towns, restaurants and hotels at this destination. Walking through medieval streets will take you back to a different time, before everyone got so busy and the cities got so large. Hikes can include taking a trip through Volterra, San Gimignano, Colle Val d’Elsa, Monterigionni and Siena, or even walks to an olive grove where Etruscan tombs lie beneath!
Everest Base Camp
Now this trek is for the really seasoned hiker: trekking to Everest base camp. Along with the breathtaking scenery, hikers will be able to experience the Sherpa culture by visiting the museums and monasteries on the way up. It is suggested that, when considering the Everest base camp trek, you look at doing a guided tour. Plus, because of the dangerous nature of the mountain trek, the government is even considering making guided treks compulsory.
Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world. Over 1.2 million people visit this archaeological ruin every year, with most travelling most of the way there by bus in the early hours of the morning. However, if you really want to experience the Incan culture you will want to trek the historical trail, through freezing glaciers, and exotic rainforests. Due to the impact of tourism, the trek is limited to 500 trekkers a day, which means you’ll need to book in advance. There are several trails that you can take, however, such as the Salkantay trek, the Choquequirao trek and the Inca jungle trek.
Hopefully with these ideas for treks around the world, you’ll be able to start off on your travels. Good luck and stay safe!