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If you’ve been following our blog for a while, then you know that we love hiking. Whether it’s climbing up to Germany’s highest alpine lake, hiking to the palm trees in the Cocora Valley or going for day hikes to explore castles near Frankfurt – hiking is a great way to get into nature and see local sights.

Even though you don’t need much planning for a day hike, you should look into a few things before you go. One is to find a route that you will enjoy, and that is appropriate for your skill level. A quick Google search can help you here.

The next item to think about is your packing list. You don’t need to pack much for a day hike, but there are a few hiking essentials that you should take.

Colombia

This year, when travelling through Colombia, I was lucky and got to see the Cocora Valley. Located close to Salento, in the south of the country, it is a valley of green pastures, cows, hummingbirds and wax palm trees. Those palm trees are the national tree of Colombia and the tallest ones in the world. Walking in between them makes you realise how beautiful nature can be and also how small we are.

The Valle de Cocora is not just worth a visit because of the palm trees. Along the way, you will get great views of lush green valleys and you have the chance to spot hummingbirds and other wildlife at the Casa de las Colibris. Plus, the Cocora Valley is easily accessible from Salento.…

El Salvador

Volcan Santa Ana is one of El Salvador’s biggest tourist attractions. The light green lagoon that bubbles in its crater, with smoke rising up, is a spectacular sight.

I have to admit, this was the one destination I did not research properly. I love research, but by the time we had arrived in Santa Ana, I was tired and exhausted and figured I could just go without reading up on it. It led to a lot of confusion, us almost jumping off at the wrong bus stop and worrying for a while that we would not end up seeing the volcano at all.

But do not fear. To make sure that the same thing doesn’t happen to you, I have put together this guide.…

Germany

Do you want to hike to Lake Schrecksee, Germany’s highest alpine lake?

I have to admit that despite having grown up in Germany, I hadn’t heard of Lake Schrecksee until I did some research for our holidays in Southern Germany. But the moment I saw a picture of the lake, I knew I wanted to go there!

What could be better than a turquoise lake with an island in the middle, surrounded by high alpine meadows?

If you want to hike to Lake Schrecksee yourself, keep on reading, and we will give you all the information you need.

Germany

If you’re thinking about Frankfurt, you are likely thinking about skyscrapers and its big, international airport. Maybe you’re even thinking about its Old Town and its half-timbered houses, or Frankfurt delicacies like Apfelwein (a wine made from apples).

But did you know that close to Frankfurt, you can find forests and mountains? And did you ever hear about the traditional villages and castles nearby? Frankfurt might not come to your mind as a great hiking destination, but you can find some excellent trails in its surroundings.

One of those nearby walks is the Three Castle Hike, which you can easily do on a day trip from Frankfurt. It will allow you to see three castles in one day, explore the forests around Frankfurt and discover some of the cutest towns nearby.…

Germany

If you are in Frankfurt and looking for things to do in the area, you should consider a day trip to Wiesbaden.

This spa town offers enough places of interest to keep you busy for at least a day or two, making it a worthy destination to visit on your trip to Germany. Its vibe feels very different from the international and modern city of Frankfurt, and it’s also not quite the same as visiting a small spa town like Bad Homburg.

If you’re planning on stopping by, then check out these fantastic sights that you should not miss on your trip to Wiesbaden.…

Germany

Are you in Frankfurt and have an extra day? After you explored the city, we recommend you to go on a day trip. One of the towns nearby that we love is Bad Homburg. You can easily spend 1 day in Bad Homburg without getting bored, strolling through the gardens and exploring the castle.

We lived in Frankfurt for two years before we finally visited Bad Homburg for the first time and I regret that we didn’t go earlier. It’s the perfect day trip! Back at the beginning of the 20th century, this spa town attracted visitors from all over the world. The Thai King loved the gardens so much that he gifted two pavilions to Bad Homburg!

These days, you’ll mostly run into local tourists.…

Honduras

La Tigra was Honduras’ first national park, and well worth seeing on a day trip from Tegucigalpa. Not only is it home to mammals like pumas, armadillos and agoutis but also to many birds.

With a bit of luck, you can even spot the elusive quetzal. This colourful bird with a long tail plays a central role in Central America’s mythology and is also the national bird of Guatemala.

And even if you don’t find any animals, you will see thick forests, ferns, bromeliads and a wide variety of orchids.

Yet, despite all these unique plants and animals, barely any international visitors come to La Tigra. Most tourists either skip Honduras or stick to Copan and the Bay Islands, as these are the most accessible areas.…

Lithuania

One of the best trips you can take from Vilnius brings you to Trakai. Located only about an hour from Lithuania’s capital, this is an easy and fun excursion.

Trakai is famous for its castle located on an island in the middle of a lake. It’s also a charming town where you can find a few museums and traditional houses. Altogether, you should expect to spend half a day here. If you leave Vilnius in the morning, you can be back after lunch.

While walking through Vilnius, you’ll see a few tour agencies offering to take you here. Our advice is not to join them and go by yourself instead, using our guide. Not only will you save money, but you can also decide what to see and how much time to spend at each place.…

Peru

Ever since I heard about Caral, I wondered why it isn’t more popular with travellers. The oldest ruins in the Americas, constructed at the same time as the first pyramids of Egypt. Who would not want to visit them? I was sure that going there would be easy and that I could spontaneously arrange a day trip from Lima, hopping on a bus with lots of other tourists.

Turned out I was wrong. Despite the significance of Caral, it was surprisingly hard to get there. I looked up tours but most of the companies only offered private trips and I wasn’t willing to pay a fortune. Surely, there had to be a better way?

There is! Caral can easily be visited independently as a day trip from Lima for a fraction of the price you would pay for a private tour.…

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