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World Traveler: 3 Hiking Hot Spots Around The World

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By: KURU Footwear

Do you love experiencing nature? What about seeing the world? Here’s a great opportunity to combine both. Look at three of the best hiking treks from across the globe.

Key Takeaways

  • Combining a love for nature and travel can result in unforgettable experiences. Three week-long hikes in different parts of the world offer a chance to explore natural beauty, ancient civilizations and create lasting memories.
  • The three treks, including the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand, and Petra in Jordan, are all well within the limits of someone in good physical health, but some of them may present challenges such as altitude and intense heat.
  • Each of these hikes offers a unique experience and allows for a different level of comfort, from camping out each night to spending each night in a comfortable lodge.

Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

Spend a week living like a Kiwi as you experience the tropical paradise that is New Zealand. An undulating trail of moderate difficulty, the Queen Charlotte Track is a moderate 44-mile trek located on the north end of the South Island. This trail takes three to five days to complete as you soak in the stunning views and enjoy a wide variety of native flora and fauna found on this sunny island in the Southern Hemisphere.

The best part of this hike is you have a choice of how you want to cover the distance. You may choose to do a freedom walk as you camp out each night, just like a Kiwi. Or you can opt for the luxury trek by transporting your gear and spending each night in a comfortable lodge.

Whichever you choose, your journey along the Queen Charlotte Track will be unforgettable as you enjoy the natural beauty that can only be found in New Zealand.

 

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Inca Trail To Machu Picchu, Peru

Hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a 4-day journey through the mysterious mountains of Peru. The hike is moderately difficult, with the biggest challenge being the altitude of over 10,000 feet at the mountain’s summit. On the way, you’ll enjoy breathtaking mountain views and hundreds of species of birds on your way to the Incan ruins.

In the end, your efforts will be rewarded as you witness the great Monastery’s majestic facade carved right out of the cliff face.

On the fourth day, you’ll enter the Sun Gate at sunrise. Discover the richness and wonder of the ancient Incas as you search the ruined temples and bathhouses in this sacred valley.

After exploring the ruins, you can take a two-hour climb and witness the grandeur at the top of the mountain peak.

While you can visit almost any time of year, you can avoid most crowds near the beginning or end of the dry seasons of April, May, September, or October.

 

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Petra, Jordan

Satisfy your craving for the exotic as you witness the true awe-inspiring ancient city of Petra, Jordan. While the trail is relatively flat, this 7-day trek is not for the faint of heart. The intense heat and desert landscape can be overwhelming. It’s best to go between October and April when the heat isn’t quite so bad.

On your final approach to this mystical, Rose-Red City, you’ll travel through the Siq, a canyon with walls soaring over 260 feet. In the end, your efforts will be rewarded as you witness the great Monastery’s majestic facade carved right out of the cliff face.

You may also want to check out the Treasury, the Great Temple, or the Place of High Sacrifice. Each is bound to provide you with a real treat. Petra is truly a Wonder of the ancient world and the crown jewel of Jordan.

If you’re longing to get away, travel the world, and commune with nature, you’re bound to fall in love with each of these week-long treks. With each of these hikes, you’re sure to have the experience of a lifetime as you stretch your legs and enrich your spirit.

Whichever journey you take, comfortable shoes are a must. Check out KURU Footwear for your next pair of comfortable hiking shoes.

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