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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.…

Photo Stories

Mount Everest is not only the tallest but also probably the most famous mountain in the World. Halfway between Nepal and Tibet, this titan attracts every year thousands of people, from professional climbers who want to go to the summit to travellers looking for a challenge. The ascent to Everest Base Camp is one of Nepal’s most popular trekking routes, with 40,000 people doing it every year, and I wanted to be part of that number.

There are many reasons to hike to Everest Base Camp. In my case, I wasn’t just looking for natural beauty, an amazing experience or the chance to go to the top of the World. I wanted to challenge myself and see if I was going to be able to do it.…

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.…

Nepal

Trekking Everest Base Camp is one of the best experiences to do out there. It’s perfect if you like hiking, adventure or just testing your limits. Getting to the top of Everest requires a ton of money, training and luck. Base Camp, however, is a much more achievable option. Thousands of people do it every year! And while challenging and definitely not risk-free, it is the kind of trek that you will never forget.

Nowadays more and more articles are coming up about how tourism is kind of ruining this trek. And while it is true that the increasing amount of people trekking to Base Camps has increased dramatically, it still is a one in a lifetime adventure. It still is an amazing way of challenging yourself, of discovering a very unique culture and of seeing a stunning landscape.…

Chile

One of the highlights of my trip to Patagonia was the Torres del Paine national park. My friend and I had planned this trip ages in advance. We had browsed through guidebooks, looked at maps and googled information. We had posted on forums and tried to find out as much about the Torres del Paine National Park as we could. We knew we didn’t just want to go for one day. We wanted to stay overnight.

After lots of research, we decided to hike the W, which is, if you believe the internet, one of the most famous hikes in the world. There were definitely lots of other hikers. But regardless of how famous it is, it is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done.…

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