Category Archives: Hiking

The Franz Josef Heli Hike – The Pinnacle of Your New Zealand Bucket-List

Having recently returned to New Zealand, we knew there was one final bucket-list activity that we just had to try – taking to the ice on a Franz Josef heli hike whilst we visited the West Coast. We’d seen the photos.  We’d heard people rave about their experiences.  I’d dreamed of walking on a glacier for […]

Duder Regional Park – A Rural Beachside Paradise on Auckland’s Doorstep

Though New Zealand is world-renowned for its beautiful hiking, it’s seldom Auckland that springs to mind.  With a number of fantastic hikes in the City of Sails, it’s definitely worth throwing your hiking boots or sneakers on though and getting out onto our clean, green trails; just prepare for our largest city to surprise you! The […]

The Phong Nha Caves: Finding Strength in the Vietnamese Jungle

Having recently returned from a three-day/two-night jungle caving adventure through Central Vietnam (in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park), Nathan and I reflected on what was one of our greatest physical and mental challenges to date.  Find out why we recommend taking things up a notch on your next holiday – because anyone can lay on […]

Hiking New Zealand: South Island Treasures That Are Worth the Effort

New Zealand is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world; towering mountain ranges, crystal-clear waterways, lush forestry and echoing birdsong, travellers are spoilt for choice in Aotearoa. How better to see New Zealand’s beauty than to slip on your hiking boots and get out exploring? Having recently returned home to the […]

Laguna Churup: A Guide to Some of the Best Day Hiking in Peru

Laguna Churup lake

Huaraz in Northern Peru attracts adventurous travelers for one reason; it is home to Cordillera Blanca and some of the most incredible hiking in the country. Though Laguna Churup was unknown to us before arriving in Huaraz, it quickly became a favourite of ours.  In fact, we’d go as far as to say it’s one […]

A Guide to the Cocora Valley – Salento, Colombia – Home to the Tallest Palm Trees in the World!

One of the most recognisable tourist attractions in Colombia, the Cocora Valley (Valle de Cocora) is home to the country’s national tree and symbol, the towering Quindío wax palm.  An easy trip from Salento, the region was our favourite and a must-see on any Colombian itinerary. Formed in 1985 (which might I add, was a mighty […]

Hiking Laguna Humantay – Cusco: More Than Machu Picchu

Cusco is known across the world as the gateway to Machu Picchu, the most iconic of all the Inca sites.  With so much to see in this region, those skipping through whilst only visiting the Lost City of the Incas are only tapping the surface of what’s on offer.   Join us as we explore many of […]

Pedra de Gavea – Just How Difficult Is Rio’s Highest Hike?

Just how challenging is the hike to the summit of Pedra de Gavea? On a humid summers day in Rio de Janeiro, we found out firsthand. By now you’d think we were slowly adjusting to all the hiking – we’ve certainly done our fair share of challenging walks in South America. Between making it through […]

The Base of the Towers – The Jewel in Torres Del Paine’s Crown

Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia offers a number of world-class hikes to travellers keen to brave the elements. The most famous (and challenging) walk in the national park, the Base de las Torres (Base of the Towers) offers spectacular views amongst some of the most incredible natural scenery in the world. We took up the challenge […]

Day Two of the W Trek – Conquering the French Valley

With our first full day hike in Torres del Paine behind us we slowly rolled out of ‘bed’ (if you can call a sleeping bag, ground mat and a lumpy jumper-come-pillow a bed) and psyched ourselves up for day two out on the trails. Being our first experience of multi-day hikes, the need to pour […]

Day One of the W Trek – Rain, Wind Gusts, Sub-Zero Camping & Lots of Smiles!

Stretching across two countries, Patagonia is as massive as it is impressive; it’s almost overwhelmingly so, covering almost half of Chile and a third of Argentina.  For an area with such vast landmass though, the lack of people is incredibly obvious and to be frank, refreshing. Though Patagonia envelops such a large area, there’s one […]

Hiking World’s End: Sri Lanka’s Overlooked Scenic Gem

World's End Sri Lanka hike

Though World’s End at Horton Plains, Sri Lanka is not as well known as the towering Adam’s Peak, it is frequently ranked as the top hike in the country.   We took to the trail ourselves to find out more about this somewhat-hidden highlight. Located within one of Sri Lanka’s many national Parks, Horton Plains […]

Adam’s Peak: A Spiritual Awakening in Sri Lanka (with Amazing Views to Boot!)

Adam's Peak Sri Lanka

Adam’s Peak is a mountain located in central Sri Lanka (known locally as Sri Pada), the mountain is famed for the “sacred footprint”, though who the footprint belongs to will differ depending on your religion. Buddhists believe the footprint was left by Buddha, Hindus claim it belongs to Lord Shiva whilst Muslims and Christians consider it to […]