Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes Around the World Pt2

Hikes Around the world

Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world Pt2

I was not expecting such an overwhelming response when I started my hiking and trekking collaboration series “Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world“. Hiking and trekking in various parts the world is definitely one of my favourite outdoors activities to do and it seems that it is a lot of other peoples as well.  It allows you to take in the beautiful surroundings at your own pace, see things that you do not normally see while keeping fit at the same time.

Hiking around the horseshoe in Snowdonia, Wales

There are a lot of amazing places in the world to hike and they are becoming more accessible. Recently, I have found myself getting more and more inspiration not from adventures on the Discovery Channel but from other bloggers and influencers. We have easy access to these beautiful places through social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Youtube which allows us to connect and learn from other like-minded people out there who love hiking and trekking too.

Here is the second part of my collaboration with 6 inspirational travel bloggers who share experiences of their favourite hikes around the world and why.

It’s time to get inspired for your next hike!

Ketki Sharangpani from Dotted Globe

Al-Khubtha or Treasury Overlook Trail at Petra, Jordan

The Treasury or Al-Khazneh instantly springs to mind when you think about Petra, Jordan. Most people take the mile long walk through the Siq to see the Treasury and then go on to see rest of the ancient Nabataean city. Few venture on the Al-Khubtha or Treasury Overlook Trail, a hike that offers dramatic views of the Treasury and sweeping vistas of Petra city centre and the valley.

Hiking the Treasury Overlook Trail in Petra, Jordan

Photo By: Ketki Sharangpani

The hike starts from the Royal Tombs inside Petra and continues up a set of stairs to the top of the cliff. As it curves its way around the sandstone cliffs, it offers excellent views of the Roman amphitheatre. The trail descends into a ravine and culminates in a Bedouin shop selling trinkets and tea. From this viewpoint, visitors have magnificent views of the Treasury from above. It is a wonderful way to experience Petra in complete solitude, even as you see tourists milling around the Treasury below.

The hike can be completed in 1.5-2 hrs from the Royal Tombs at a leisurely pace including the time to descend and requires average fitness level; I hiked the trail when I was 5 months pregnant and faced no difficulties. It is essential to wear sturdy shoes and carry lots of water, hat and some food. The hike is clearly signposted initially but needs some exploring towards the end. Alternatively, you can hire a local Bedouin guide.

Hiking above the Roman Amphitheatre

Photo By: Ketki Sharangpani

Jennifer Schlüter from Discovering Legacies

Hiking Hollywood sign, Los Angels USA

 Everybody is always trying to get close to the Hollywood sign, and most of these people are trying to see it from the front, too. Do you wanna be different and get so close to the Hollywood sign that you can almost touch the famous letters? Then go see it from behind. There are several paths, but we’ll focus on a more difficult one, which will also lead you past the only tree that survived L.A.’s devastating 2007 fire, The Wisdom Tree. You’ll find cool journals there – check ’em out and leave some of your wisdom with others!
Rock stacks on the hike to The Hollywood Sign

Photo By Discovering Legacies

Find the best directions on where to start this hike here. Then just continue the trail which will take you along the ridge of the mountain straight to the back of the Hollywood sign. You’ll have stunning views of so many different parts of L.A. and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see as far as the ocean!
The hike will take you through tough terrain, so good shoes are a must! The first ascent is the hardest and steepest, for about 20 to 30 minutes. You may feel your glutes the next day. The rest is fairly easy, but with a few steep spots. Don’t forget to take some water! A round trip can take up to 2 or even 3 hours. Happy hiking!
View of Hollywood from behind the sign

Photo By Discovering Legacies

 

Whitney from  Purpose to Nourish

Hiking Haleakalā Crater at sunrise, Maui – Hawaii

My favourite hike has to be the one I didn’t realize I was taking.  My niece thought we could start our morning out with a little hike up Haleakalā Crater at sunrise and be done within two hours and onto our next adventure. I didn’t know it at the time but Haleakalā is a HUGE dormant volcano that forms about 75% of Maui.

Hiking Haleakalā Crater

Photo by: Purpose to Nourish

The tallest peak reaches far above the clouds at 10,023 feet. ABOVE THE CLOUDS!! Do I need to repeat that? ABOVE THE F-ING CLOUDS, and my niece thought we could go up, down and out in a couple of hours?! HA! Well, 5.5 hours later, we did it!  The views could not have been better.  From some angles, I felt like we were in Star Wars and from others, I felt like we were in Fern Gully. I would recommend going if you’re on the island of Maui.

View above the clouds on Haleakalā Crater

Photo by: Purpose to Nourish

 

Katherine Fenech from Bright Lights of America

Hiking the Overland Track, Tasmania – Australia

Tasmania may be separated from Australia by 240km of ocean, but it’s well worth the visit to drink in the beautiful landscape, dramatic coastline and rugged wilderness. My first trip to the island was to hike the Overland Track – a 65km stretch that runs through a variety of terrains from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.

Hiking around snow capped Cradle Mountain

Photo By – Bright Lights of America

It usually takes about six days to traverse the National Park and there are lots of side trips you can take for spectacular views along the way. It starts with a climb up to the base of Cradle Mountain, which was covered with snow and gleaming when we visited. There’s always the option of climbing into the cradle, or like us, you might trudge on through shin-deep snow. A couple of hours later you’ll descend through bush to Waterfall Valley Camp, not a flake of snow in sight.

Over the next six days, we met native animals, lugged our packs up and down mountains and hills, trudged across plains, through the rainforest and into rugged bushland. We set up tents only to be awoken by curious wombats looking for midnight feast scraps. And, of course, I fell over backwards, landing on my pack and flailed helplessly until help arrived to haul me to my feet. Most of all though, I remember the Overland Track as the hike that taught me that my limits are the ones I put on myself. And that Tasmania is a stunning piece of Australia.

 

Hiking bushland plains with mountains in the background

Photo By – Bright Lights of America

 

 Karin from Girl Astray

Lycian Way in Turkey

Lykia is located in the south of Turkey, mapping the coast between Fethiye and Antalya. While it would take months to walk all of the distance (depending on your shape), it is easy to connect at any point and start walking, simply following the red and white stripes that mark the path. Lycian way often covers difficult terrain and in order to show you the most beautiful views, it makes you climb steep mountains more often than not.

However, seeing the coastline, forests, grazing goats, secret beaches and ancient ruins scattered and abandoned all across the land make it absolutely worthwhile! And I haven´t even mentioned incredible Yanartas where eternal fires burn from bare rocks. Thanks to the fountains and mosques providing you with water, you can refill your bottle relatively easily. While I prefer to camp, you can also find rooms for rent at the local houses. This long hike takes you across wonderful nature and remote areas, showing you the best of the Mediterranean coast in Turkey.

Rocky coastline hiking the Lycian Way in Turkey

Photo By – Girl Astray

Suzie Kelsey from – The Wandering Linguist 

Pedra da Gavea hike in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The best and simultaneously most challenging hike that I have done in my life was the Pedra da Gavea in Rio de Janeiro. Why is it so challenging? Two reasons. One, it is Brazil. There are points when there is no particular path to follow or signs to indicate where to go, so you kind of have to wing it and hope for the best. Secondly, this hike is literally climbing up a mountain, so it is a constant asset, and scaling cliff-faces is necessary to get to the top (things I was not really aware of before I set off).


 

At a moderate pace, you can reach the top in about 3 hours. In Rio in December, it often rains in the afternoon so we set off at about 7 am to make sure we would be able to get up and down before the rain started. Why is it the best hike I have done, you ask? Look at that view. I still can’t believe I made it high enough to see the entire city of Rio from above!

View of Rio de Janeiro after hiking Pedra da Gavea

Photo By The Wandering Linguist

Catalina Todd from – Miss Adventures Abroad

Hiking in Cinque Terre – Italy 

One of my favourite hiking locations in the world is Cinque Terre, Italy. This Italian gem located on the Ligurian Coast tends to be quite filled with tourists, and it is easy to see why. While working as a tour guide in Italy, I was able to hike parts of the Cinque Terre trail over 10 times, and I am still not over how beautiful the area is! The trail follows along the Mediterranean coast, with steep cliffs allowing for gorgeous viewpoints to one side of you, and terraced vineyards producing the delicious white Cinque Terre wine on your other side.

In between trail segments, hikers can stop by the 5 colourful cliffside towns of Cinque Terre Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. I love grabbing a snack in Vernazza before hitting the trail again. If you choose to end your hike in Monterosso (which I highly recommend) you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful beach perfect for cooling off in the Mediterranean-an excellent reward after a long day hiking the often steep trails of Cinque Terre. You may even want to grab a glass of the famous Cinque Terre wine to celebrate!

boats moored in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Photo By – Miss Adventures Abroad

Thank you for reading this post and for the lovely ladies who have contributed to this Hiking collaboration post. I hope it helped you to decide on what hiking adventure next to take.

If you want some more inspiration or ideas for hiking routes, you can check out  Travel Bloggers Share their favourite Hikes around the world Pt1 

Near the summit of Snowdonia hiking

Photo By – MelBTravel

If you have a hiking route you really like that’s not on the list, please share it with me in the comments section below!

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44 Comments

  1. I love to hike and l have to a few if these place. The others I will be adding to my list. You have a good selection one your other post too. Cheers for sharing

  2. Definitely some amazing places to hike!! the treasury overlook trail at petra is at the top of my bucketlist – the overhead views looking down at the Treasury building are awe-inspiring. Indiana Jones much! I’ve done the Hollywood sign in LA, and the Cinque Terre in Italy, and that was a lot of fun, and I just moved to Tasmania, so the overland track is coming up.

    Great round up!

  3. I’ve always wanted to hike in Hawaii. The suggestion of hiking in Maui sounds awesome. Good to know that the hike will take more than 2.5 hours and more like 5.5 🙂

  4. I’m obsessed with hiking, but I’ve surprisingly never done any of these hikes! I need to get going, I suppose! Petra is the one that looks most intriguing to me. Although Haleakalā Crater sounds incredible. It’s crazy that that one volcano created so much!

  5. These are all amazing hiking trails and each one has something special. Hikes are always so exciting and absolute bliss in the outdoors especially for nature and adventure lovers. Though each of the hikes looks inviting, my favourite would be Petra, Jordan. Really looks unique and intriguing.

  6. This post has really inspired me to think about hiking more Mel. Six days to see the national park in Tasmania may not be the best choice for a beginner, but I’d still like to visit. The hike to the Hollywood sign is probably my favourite, just because we never think about what’s behind the sign, just the signage themselves.

  7. Some really brilliant hikes there, but my two favourites would be the hike to Petra because I’ve been wanting to go there for a long time and the one to the Hollywood sign just because i’m such a movie buff. I’ve always enjoyed hiking and walking during travels and for some reason do so more during that time than when at home. Always appreciate how hikes lead to some truly wonderful sights no matter where you are in the world.

    1. I really want to the Petra one as well, it is a bucketlist item for sure. The Hollywood sign, I have done before which was really good. The great thing about it is that it only takes a couple of hours.

  8. I’ve been to Haleakala, but haven’t hiked it. It was one of the most unique places I’ve explored in Hawaii. I’d love to hike the Hollywoods Sign in LA next time I’m there!

  9. You have listed wonderful hikes around the world. My favorite one is Al Khazneh in Jordan as it is one of the ancient site. I have done few beautiful hikes along the monasteries in Meteora(Greece), Gori caves(Georgia), Ajanta & Ellora sites(India). Hiking along Halaekala in Hawaii must be fun and also this place looks beautiful and photogenic.

  10. This is so useful for me. I am an outdoor enthusiast. I trust the advice of travel magazines more than any other medium because blogs are experiential and give real information. Cinque Terre trail excites me the most!

  11. I can proudly say I’ve been on one of these hikes! Did the Hollywood Sign hike a few years ago, one of my favorite hikes. Would love to go hiking at Cinque Terre, I can imagine how stunning that is.

  12. I read part one and hadn’t been on any of those hikes. In part 2 I have been on the Petra view point hike in the heat! The hike i would love to take is the Lucian way in Turkey, or at least part of it as I’ll be there in winter.

    1. Everytime I add a hike, I get excited and add another one to my ever growing bucketlist. I will definitely have to look up the one in Lucian Turkey. I have bee to Turkey a couple of times and I love it.

  13. Petra in Jordan is definitely in my wishlist, being a UNESCO site and a hiking site, its just exquisite. The landscape is just surreal. Cinque Terre looks like a paradise as well. Let’s see where all I manage to go…

  14. All of these sound incredible!! I’d love to do Al-Khazneh or Lycian Way! My best hike was in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada and I’m a bit surprised there’s no mention of Canadian trails here!! (I’m a bit biased, I admit.)

  15. I am no hiker but seeing these amazing spots make me want to. I’ve had Petra on my wishlist for the longest time. Those rose-colored rocks are too beautiful it’s hard to believe they are real. Now, THAT is worth hiking for! Also, hiking the Hollywood sign is a classic bucket list item!

    1. There is so many hikes now that you an do if you are not much of a hiker especially if you just like to be outdoors. I never got into it until I was in my 30’s and I have not looked back

  16. These all sound like incredible hikes- although I must admit, hiking isn’t something I naturally do; it’s more something that I accidentally end up in the middle of before I realize it because someone suggested a walk and it sounded like fun!

  17. This is a great list. I would actually live to hike all of them. I wish I read your post a year ago as I was disappointed not being able to get closer to the Hollywood sign. Well I have to revisit

  18. Love this list! I haven’t visited any place listed above, so sad :(. I love all those pictures, but Lycian Way in Turkey looks the best in my opinion 🙂

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