Lares Trek (Peru)
Distance: 21 miles Duration: 3 days One among hundreds of old paths through the Andes used by the
Incas, the Lares Trek, in the mountains north of Cuzco (pictured), oers high-altitude views seen by relatively few visitors. The trail passes through the central hub of the Inca Empire, featuring wellpreserved ruins. No permits are needed. gadventures.com Hadrian’s Wall Path (England) Distance: 84 miles Duration: 9 days The defenses that once marked the northernmost limit of the Roman Empire have eroded in the last 1,900 years, but the landscape remains as overwhelming as it must have appeared to the soldiers scanning the horizon from its forts. The sea-to-sea trail that traces the course of Hadrian’s Wall is well provided with B&Bs, bunkhouses and pubs.
John Muir Trail (California) Distance: 211 miles Duration: 28 days Named aer the great American conservationist, California’s premier long-distance trail runs through three national parks: Yosemite, King’s Canyon and Sequoia. In between, it reaches places never seen by visitors who stick close to the roads, including the sublime Thousand Island Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Camino de Santiago (Spain) Distance: 491 miles Duration: 30 days Walk the Camino and you follow a tradition that dates back even before Christian times, when Celts would aim for “land’s end” in rugged northwest Spain. The most popular route is the technically undemanding “Camino Francés” from just across the French border, but a few prefer the mountainous north-coast route.