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Best places to go for a walking holiday around the world

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Walking holidays are popular lately and here are the best places to go for a walk around the world, from Italy to Peru and more.

Get ready, lace up your hiking boots, and prepare to explore the world, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just exploring new things, amazing walking destinations are waiting for you to explore. Starting in the Dolomites, Italy, and passing through the West Highland Way to the Inca Trail in Peru.

Walking holidays are getting a lot of attention lately, it’s not only a way to travel and visit new places but also a way to stay in shape, healthy and challenge yourself.

You’ll be able to walk different paths, and enjoy scenic hikes, from rugged mountain trails to serene coastal paths, here are some of the best places to go for a walking holiday:

Eastern Dolomites on the Alta Via, Italy
If you’re looking for a classic, almost romantic walking holiday, there’s no better place than the hike in the Eastern Dolomites on the Alta Via. You will start your journey in Cortina and walk your way to Belluno, in total you will cover a distance of 123 km / 76 miles.

In this 11 Days and 10 Nights adventure you will experience the majesty of the world’s most beautiful mountains. The Dolomites offer startling peaks, exquisite alpine valleys, meadows packed with wildflowers, and picturesque vibrant villages.

As you walk, you’ll uncover a rich history and fascinating culture.

West Highland Way, Scotland
On the other hand, if you want an ancient hike that’s filled with history, there’s no better place than West Highland Way in Scotland. A path that stretches over 154 km from Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William in the Highlands.

This classic long-distance trek takes you through some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, you will be able to walk along the “bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond and enjoy Rannoch Moor, all the way to the Devil’s Staircase.

There are several ways to enjoy this hike but the most common and one I highly recommend is with Orbis Ways, most of those tour companies will take off everything, allowing you to focus on immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes.

The Inca Trail, Peru
The Inca Trail in Peru is probably one of the most popular hikes around the world, it’s not only walked by hikers enthusiasts but also by a ton of tourists who decide to visit this ancient trail and archeological site.

The Inca Trail starts at KM82 and the ultimate goal is Machu Picchu, it’s a 45km trail that will challenge you and reward you simultaneously. In those 4 days, you will be able to enjoy the orchid-filled cloud forests, walk on the same ancient pathways that the Inc people used ages ago, and you will be able to spot the iconic Machu Picchu at sunrise.

Make sure you don’t miss the clifftop guard post at Sayacmarca and the terraces of Huinay Huayna.

What to pack
Packing for those walking holidays is straightforward, but keep in mind the place you choose to visit since some may need clothes in layers due to the cold weather. Make sure to pack a pair of hiking boots and lightweight running shoes as a backup.

You’ll need a sturdy backpack that can withstand the hassle of walking and camping for several days, pack a first aid kit and a raincoat!

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