From the mountain tops of Italy to the beaches in New Zealand, the mio team have put together some of the best walks around the world to inspire you to get walkingfor our #miomarch 10,000 step challenge.
Choosing just 5 of the greatest walks around the world was very difficult, but after some deliberation, here are our all time favourites!
Inca Trail, Peru
The Inca Trail is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular walks in the world. Along the trail you will discover Inca ruins, tunnels and stones that were once part of a huge network of trails that connected from Ecuador through to Chile and Argentina.
In addition to the ruins, you will also be immersed in the vast mountain scenery and several Andean environments including a cloud forest and alpine tundra. At the end of the walk you will reach Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ which is well worth the walk in itself. Unlike other walks, you have to book a local guide to travel on the trail and the number of people walking on the trail is strictly limited to 500 people per day to assist preserve this historic site.
Time: 4-5 days
Yosemite, United States
Yosemite National Park is a huge parkland featuring 3,100 square km (or 1,200 square miles) of scenic mountains, some of the largest waterfalls in America and an array of wilderness. If you’re lucky (or unlucky), you may even be able to spot some unique wildlife on the trails such as mule deer, American black bears and marmots.
Open all year round, Yosemite will offer you a unique experience depending on what time of year you visit. In the springtime, some of the largest waterfalls in the world (600m/2000ft) will be gushing from all the melting snow and there will beautiful wildflowers covering the lush green valley floor. However in winter, the parkland turns in a winter wonderland. Whilst some of the tracks are closed, many trails will still be open for those that wish to cross-ski or hike up the mountains to see the unique ice formations across the lakes and waterfalls.
Length: 1280km of trails available. Shortest walk is just 2km
Time: Ranging from a few hours to days and weeks, depending on which trail you choose to take.
Difficulty: Easy – Difficult
Abel Tasman, New Zealand
The Abel Tasman Coast track runs along the top of the South Island of New Zealand and allows you to enjoy the crystal clear waters and sandy beaches of the Tasman Bay.
One of the appealing characteristics of the Abel Tasman walk is that you can choose to walk the entire trail over 3-5 days or you can paddle or take kayak tour for a portion of the track. If you are lucky you may even be able to spot fur seals, little blue penguins of dolphins playing off the coastline.
Time: 3-5 days
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Cinque Terre, Italy
Probably one of the most instagrammed places in the world, Cinque Terre is a beautiful seaside village on the Riviera coastline in Italy. Expect to see magnificent views of the coastline with brightly coloured villages that are build on the steep landscape.
One of the most popular walks to take is the Blue Trail (Trail #2 or the Sentiero Azzuro) which is a shorter yet quite a steep walk. Of course, the luxury of walking the Cinque Terre is that you can stop in at one of the villages for a hearty Italian meal between each stage of the walk.
Length: 3km – 12km walks available (2mi – 7.5mi)
Time: 1 hour to 7 hours depending on the trail
Difficulty: Easy – Medium
Berg Lake, Canada
The Berg Lake trail is located in the Mount Robson Provincial Park and is well known for its snow capped mountains and turquoise water. As you walk through the various trails, be mesmerised by the reflective pools, picturesque waterfalls and spectacular views of the glaciers.
One of the main attractions of Berg Lake is snow-capped mountain, Mount Robson, which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. As you walk on the trail you may even see large sections of ice ‘calve’ off into the water. Whilst it is possible to take the walk in one (long) day, there are also campgrounds available which will allow you to wake up to one of the most beautiful views in the world!
Time: 1-2 days
Inspired to get walking after looking at some of these amazing walks around the world? Great!
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