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These five incredible walks should be at the top of every hiker's bucket list. From long-distance excursions across European countries to demanding mountain treks in South America, our top five list has something to suit every adventurers' tastes.
1. The Inca Trail, Peru
One of the most famous treks in the world, the Inca Trail is a four-day hike to the Lost City of the Incas—Machu Picchu. Although the route is just 26 miles long, it's deceptively challenging and takes a minimum of four days to complete. As well as rugged mountain scenery, cloud forests and subtropical jungles, you'll also pass various Inca ruins, paving stones and mysterious tunnels.
You can hike it in luxury with our eight-day Inca Trail tour, which includes premium accommodation leaving you rested and ready to tackle each new day.
2. Santiago de Compostela, Spain
The Way of Saint James in English (or simply "The Camino" to devotees) is a series of pilgrim trails leading to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Northern Spain. The most popular route begins in St. Jean-Pied-de-Port near Biarritz in France, nearly 500 miles from the end. The trek is mainly flat and well-marked with the seashell symbol and passes through some idyllic Spanish towns.
There are alternative routes, including the Camino Portugues which starts in Porto, and the Via de la Plata where you'll set off from Seville. The more you do, the more stamps you get in your Pilgrim's Passport. Watch this space for our upcoming Camino tours.
3. GR20 Corsica, France
One of the most beautiful mountain walks in Europe—and one of the trickiest—the GR20 runs from north to south across Corsica's spiny centre. During this ambitious route, you can linger by crystal-clear glacial lakes and lush meadows while admiring views from the island's highest peaks. Mountain huts provide hearty meals for wallet-friendly prices, as well as essential supplies like chocolate, cheese and bread to keep you going in the wilderness.
If walking the full 180km sounds a bit much, our Mountains and Villages of Corsica tour is an easier, but equally as captivating, alternative.
4. The Rockies, Canada
Majestic mountain views, turquoise lakes and wildflower-studded meadows make the Canadian Rockies a walker's paradise. Banff National Park alone could satisfy all your exploration needs, with more than 1,600km of trails to explore. These include the 13km Cory and Edith Pass circuit, which has an extremely rewarding view across the park, and the 13.2km Cascade Amphitheatre trail through dense forest to a natural amphitheatre surrounded by limestone cliffs.
With varied and clear trails, Banff and Lake Louise is an excellent choice for a single-centre hiking holiday.
5. Fitz Roy Massif, Patagonia, Argentina
Perched on the border between Chile and Argentina, the Fitz Roy Massif in Los Glaciares National Park is one of the world's most alluring mountains. There are incredible hikes around the area, as well as to largely unexplored valleys like Electrico and Diablo, plus the South Patagonia Ice Cap is within a few days trek from El Chalten.
The most iconic hike in the area is the W Circuit from Lago Grey to Las Torres, and we cover it during our Fitzroy and Torres del Paine guided group tour. This expedition includes trips to the Perito Moreno Glacier and the bustling city of Buenos Aires.
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