11 Amazing Walking Paths Around The World
Walking is an activity that pretty much every healthy human being is engaged in and is probably the safest mode of transportation. Additionally, doctors recommend walking as a low-cost heart-healthy recreational activity. Daily walking can reduce elevated cholesterol levels and blood pressure and improve digestion, while for others walking can be a social activity and a chance to meet friends with similar interests and spend an enjoyable time while exercising. Here follow 11 unique walking paths around the world that you should walk one day. Written by Theodoros II
Plaka is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods around the world, combining incredible history, architecture, and culture. Also known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods,” Plaka lies right under the cradle of Western civilization, the Acropolis. It was developed mostly around the ruins of the Athenian agora, in an area that has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. Some of the historical figures who have walked the narrow pavements of this gorgeous area include Alexander the Great, the Apostle Paul, Pericles, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle among others.
CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
The adorable Italian villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso, also known as the “Five Lands,” are linked by a gentle coastal path that everyone who goes there has to walk along and take loads of photos of. Apart from Corniglia, which peers over a cliff, the other villages tumble down beautifully toward the blue sea, which offers serenity and relaxation even to the most stressed minds.
MACHU PICCHU, PERU
Peru’s leading tourist attraction, Machu Picchu, is a ramshackle collection of ancient Inca buildings “wrapped” in a mountain ridge north of Cusco. The most adventurous and fit tourists will hike the Inca Trail up to the site, which usually takes a few days and will help you lose a few pounds. Unfortunately, for safety reasons there’s a strict limit to the number of visitors each day and you can only take the trek with an agency or tour operator.
GREAT OCEAN WALK, AUSTRALIA
The Great Ocean Walk, which stretches 64.6 miles (104 km) from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead along Victoria’s coast in southern Australia, has so many beautiful places to see and the best way to explore it is to naturally walk the whole thing. However, if you don’t have the time or you aren’t in the mood to walk all those miles then you shouldn’t miss the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, which is the absolute highlight of the area.
THE CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS, ROMANIA
Romania’s diverse natural landscapes offer numerous choices for exciting outdoor experiences and the Carpathian Mountains are the best proof of this. There’s no doubt that hardcore adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts who can’t resist the call of the wild will love the experience in the dark, mysterious but gorgeous lands of Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula.
THE GRAND CANYON, USA
The Grand Canyon is one of the most powerfully inspiring landscapes in the world and whoever has visited it and walked there will agree that it had a strong emotional effect on their senses through its immense size. Additionally, the combination of colors and eroded formations that adorn the canyon gives you the illusion that you’re having an unearthly experience even though you’re in the very real heart of America.
MILFORD TRACK, NEW ZEALAND
The Milford Track is known worldwide for its incredibly deep valleys, glacial lakes, and sheer canyons, from Glade Wharf to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. Don’t let the awesome beauty of this place mislead you though; to walk through this natural treasure you will need to be in great shape, and according to the tour guides, a proper tour usually takes 4–5 days, depending on your fitness level.
THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
One of the world’s greatest feats of engineering, the Great Wall of China was constructed to protect the Chinese empire. Nowadays, it is considered one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world and millions of visitors walk along its impressive path every year, experiencing a unique combination of natural beauty and man’s genius.
COPPER CANYON, MEXICO
Copper Canyon comprises six different canyons in Chihuahua state, Mexico, proudly showing off a green hue to their walls, hence the name. Hiking through the yawning chasms and ravines, slathered in trees, is a pretty cool experience. And if you pick up a few blisters along the way, hop on the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway, which runs right through.
TABLE MOUNTAIN, SOUTH AFRICA
Looming large and welcoming you to Cape Town, whether you are arriving by plane, train, boat, or car is the iconic Table Mountain, which is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature. Even though it’s quite a challenging climb, for those who are fit enough to attempt such a “mission,” it will be worth it with. Your reward will be the incredible views of the blue sea and Cape Town.
Meteora was originally settled by Greek Orthodox monks who lived in caves during the eleventh century. It is considered a remarkable achievement of human creativity and by taking a walk there you will find yourself admiring the striking dichotomy of imposing and intimidating cliffs; and the triumphant construction of human architecture.