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Take a Hike: The World's Very Best Treks

The most enjoyable journeys are not just about the walking, they are about walking into the place’s historic past and customs. Still, hikes are no picnics.

They will challenge you on a physical level and mental level, leaving you with an indelible mark of the vastness of our planet. The photograph Below is a list of 8 of the best hikes worldwide.

Inca Trail in Peru - 26.7 miles in 4 days
Many unforgettable moments are created on the Inca Trail, but nothing matches the minute you go through the Sun Gate and experience the sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. The best months to go are 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 experience exclusively. It is best to go from August to November.

Nepal's Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles in 13 days
This expedition will bring you closer to the inhabitants of the Himalayas before exposing a window to the top of the planet. Once you fix your eyes on Everest, you will never see the Earth in the same light. The best months to go are August to November.

Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles & 8 days
At 5,895m (19,340 ft), Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's tallest crest. It’s not easy, but unlike other great summits, it allows those strong enough to master its many routes 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 more than one hundred miles and takes you through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France. It is best to go from June to September

Patagonia: Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles - 10 days -

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

Venezuela's Mount Roirama ~21.1 miles & 6 days
The spectacular mountain of Roraima is sacred to the region's local inhabitants and is said to have led to Arthur Conan Doyle’s book, "The Lost World."

Best time to go: You can walk the Roraima trail at any time of the year but November to April is the optimal time.

The Camino de Santiago, Spain ~ 466 miles & 30 days

The prominent Camino de Santiago, also acknowledged as the St. James Trail, was a relevant Christian passage during the Middle Ages, and is still considered a meaningful religious pilgrimage today.

The trail can be walked any month of the year but the perfect time is between spring and autumn, though it will be very busy.

The Wonders of the Caribbean Islands and the Americas

The Americas and the Caribbean are comprised of many distinctive 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 well-known Caribbean laid-back ambiance is everywhere from Antigua and Aruba to St. Martin and San Juan. The countries that make up Central America, which links North and South America, have rich histories and gorgeous landscapes. Costa Rica entices with its lush green forests and waterfalls, while several countries offer historic sights left from ancient civilizations including the Aztecs, Mayas, and Olmecs.

Witness first-hand the remarkable engineering of the Panama Canal. In North and South America you will see many fascinating sights as well as spectacular beauty.

Treks re-creation In Canada, stroll the streets of Quebec City and enjoy its French influences, or head back in time to the 11th-century Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows.

In the U.S., stops along the east coast will take you to renown American cities, or sail along the west coast to see the stunning glaciers in Alaska.

Head South
Continuing southward, travelers will encounter incredible ruins, a wide variety of cultures and peoples, and music we all know and love.

A trip south to Brazil will give city lovers the chance 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.

Visit South America’s west coast with a stop in Chile, with its jagged massifs and dazzling fjords as well as the vibrant, colorful hillside town of Valparaiso.

Head to Buenos Aires and attend a Tango lesson. Farther south, check out the icy natural beauty of Antarctica.

The Wide Choice of Things to Do and See in Asia

The bustling city of Hong Kong is Asia’s hot spot for trade, finance, fashion, and food. Don’t miss Phuket, the largest of Thailand’s islands and one recognized for its gorgeous panoramas and cultural attractions.

Known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, Cochin (or Kochi) in India’s Kerala state, showcases beautiful old cultural icons including a Jewish community with seven synagogues dating back to the 12th century and the Church of St. Francis, built by Portuguese settlers in 1503.

Another must-see is Petra, the Jordanian city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is known as “Rose City” because it was built of rose-colored stone.

To explore the world and all it has to offer, there is no better means than traveling in the style and elegance a luxury cruise offers

Tours, Tours, Tours

Hike Peru's Inca Trail... horseback ride in Alaska... climb the highest peak in Southeast Asia... surf the waters in Costa Rica... motorcycle through Patagonia… or run with the bulls in Pamplona. Hop into a Ferrari F430 F1 Spyder to ride along the winding coast of the French Riviera or fly an Air Combat mission, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego. If any or all of these adrenaline- loaded activities impress you, consider making adventure travel part of your next vacation.

Visiting the World’s National Parks

A national parks tour, regardless of the country, will bring you to some of the most impressive landscapes on earth. There are recognized national parks around the globe, so read on to identify which ones are the most appealing to you.

The Galapagos Islands
One of the world’s most visited UNESCO sites, and also Ecuador’s oldest park, is an island chain known as the Galapagos Islands.

Giant Galapagos tortoises and the world’s second smallest penguins wander unhampered all over the islands making it very easy to get close to these remarkable animals.

Machu Picchu
Regarded as one of the world’s most important archaeological sites in the world, Machu Picchu is a mesmerizing Incan fortress found high in the Andes Mountains.

This marvel offers confirmation of what the urban Inca Empire looked like when it was at the height of its power.

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Yellowstone “absolutely unique in the world” upon seeing the extraordinary geological formations and substantial wildlife uncovered there. In his eyes, creating a national park was the ideal way to showcase natural beauty as a social resource to be embraced by all.
Serengeti National Park

The world-famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Kruger National Park in South Africa are teeming with all kinds of animal species and a wide array of fauna. There you will not solely experience landscapes you could never have dreamed of, but you will also be very close to the many predators which roam in the night.

The Great Barrier Reef
Take image A absolute must on anyone’s bucket list ought to include the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park situated off the northeastern coast of Australia, home to the world’s largest coral reef system.

Fiordland National Park
Not far off, New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park has the most amazing fjords, outshining Norway’s own spectacular natural wonders.

Special Interest Tours Galore

Today, more people than ever are choosing to go on specialty tours. Consider any hobby or special interest and you'll invariably find one that's just right for you.

For Those Wine Lover
Your level of knowledge in wines is inconsequential because wine country is always open to anybody with a taste for it.

Wine enthusiasts know that wine is more than just a combination of grapes and that the process involves an intricate and delicate process to attain the perfect balance of taste. With all the options on the marketplace for wine tasting tours, there is undoubtedly one for you whether in Napa Valley, or the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or the most noted regions of France such as Bordeaux or Champagne to name just a few.

For the Food Lover
Let yourself go with all of the choices possible on a food-lover's tour. Culinary tours are a fantastic way for the gourmand to get a taste for local ingredients and artisan products as well as to learn the history and customs of the region, and especially how these affected the evolution of local cuisine.

On some of the very top end tours, you might even meet a celebrity chef or get classes from a Michelin-starred master.

For the Yoga Lover in All of Us

Today’s newest trends in specialty travel are yoga tours. In order to reach a state of tranquility, enthusiasts of this ancient tradition combine meditation with specific techniques to regulate breathing which help to harmonize and strengthen both body and mind. And you can do it all in elegance and beautiful surroundings.

For Those Nature Lovers

Some of the fundamental aims of eco-tours is to keep any trace of human presence to a minimum in locations that continue to be fragile and relatively undisturbed. Eco-tourism is a great way to see undisturbed natural areas, but it is also a good occasion to learn about conserving the world’s natural resources.

Some of the other aspects revealed on this kind of tour involve informing visitors on the necessity to conserve natural habitats and how to better the well-being of the local people.

For Women Only
Another trending kind of vacation is woman only tours.

Women only tours are expressly tailored for female sightseers of all ages who want a safe and exciting travel experience.

These tours are also a great opportunity to share experiences with like-minded travelers whether you’ve been adventuring, discovering historical sites, or just lounging by the sea.

For the Spiritual Seeker
Are there areas where you can go to reflect as well as learn about the people who had the most influence on your faith? You’ll find that a faith-based tour is the perfect opportunity for you to look inside yourself and connect with your spirituality amidst people who are on the same journey.

Whatever sort of tour speaks to you, there is no questioning that you’ll have lots to keep you busy.

International Getaways Just Around the Corner

It’s not hard to think an international getaway is too ambitious for a weekend. This could not be further from the truth. It’s in fact quite easy to find an enticing weekend getaway doable in three days. Below are locations great for an exciting long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec
Old-world appeal is front and center in this second largest Canadian city after Toronto.

The re-creation You can wander the picturesque cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, popping into the quaint boutiques and stopping for a bite to eat in the tempting 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 delicious picnic. Winter sports are also readily available in the park, including snowshoeing, ice skating, or other enjoyable activities.

Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the quick two-hour flight from countless east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of unique pink sand, and its warm weather year-round. In addition to the spectacular beaches, Bermuda is a great place to stroll around exploring its colorful cobblestone streets, imposing forts, traditional colonial buildings, and interesting maritime history.

If you want a little heart-pounding exhilaration, rent a jet ski and head over to the famous Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Baja California Sur, Mexico is an easy weekend escape for avid sun worshippers and beach-goers. Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, is home to many high-end resorts and elegant eateries that serve tasty local cuisine like smoked marlin as well as offering an exciting party scene. It’s also the perfect escape 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

Although its tropical rain forest feels like another world, Costa Rica is in fact a fairly quick flight from many places in the U.S. One of its claims to fame is its 800 miles of coastline, so it is a terrific place for beach goers who want to enjoy some fun in the sun. The Arenal Volcano area is considered its adventure capital where you can rappel down a waterfall; hike in the jungle while watching out for colorful birds, monkeys and sloths; experience a heart-stopping zip-line ride; and relax in the volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia
While you might not think of Cartagena when you picture the Caribbean, it is in fact positioned on Colombia’s Caribbean coast and has long stretches of white sand beaches, warm blue water, and intriguing coral reefs.

The charming old walled city takes you back in time to the Spanish colonial era with its typical architecture and unique 500-year-old fortress built of coral.

Toronto is Canada’s most sizeable city and is a typical contemporary metropolis.

It is considered one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than half of the population born outside the city. Seeing its numerous ethnic neighborhoods is like taking a quick world tour, with Koreatown, Greektown, Chinatown, and Little Italy all within the boundaries of the city.

Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, unwinding on the beach with a cold drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway perfect for you. Whatever you want – love, adventure, culinary treats, history – can be yours.

The Diversity of Africa

Follow in the footsteps of early settlers from Germany, Britain, Portugal, and The Netherlands when you take a cruise to Africa. Journeys to nations including Madagascar, Senegal, Mozambique, and Mauritius will allow you to witness the forces of colonialism alongside ancient tribal traditions. From South Africa’s picturesque mountains to the desert landscape of Namibia, there is something for everyone.

Zanzibar, or "Spice Island", is a tropical archipelago off the coast of Tanzania regarded for its abundance of valuable spices, including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, making it a great place to visit for food aficionados.

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