From Australia to the Zambezi, take a tour with us to discover some of the most magnificent weekend getaways in the wild.
The Blue Mountains, Australia
The Blue Mountains near Sydney offer everything an active traveller can wish for. Become entranced with Australia’s wildlife by taking on a bushwalking trail. Explore caves and have the adventure of your life in the Blue Mountains National Park. Grab a mountain bike to discover the beauty of the Andersons Fire Trail or the Narrow Neck Trail. Visit Katoomba’s Waradah Aboriginal Centre to learn about indigenous art and culture.
Discovering the spectacular landscapes of Patagonia by hiking and camping should be added to your itinerary. Hike to the snowcapped towers of Mountain Fitz Roy and to the Torres del Paine National Park, where you can enjoy the famous French Valley and majestic mountain vistas. The Los Glaciares National Park offers breathtaking glacial lakes, including 160 km long Lake Argentino.
Hakone is one of the most popular weekend getaways located 100 km from Tokyo. Set on a hiking trail leading to spectacular Mountain Kamiyama and Mountain Komagatake down to Lake Ashi. Another path from Mountain Kamiyama is headed towards Owakudani, a volcanic valley offering a panoramic view of the most beautiful mountain in Japan, Mountain Fiji.
The Hainich National Park, Germany
The unspoilt deciduous forest of the Hainich National Park is abundant with natural wildlife – this is a great place to spot wildcats, black storks and various species of bats. Do not miss exploring the Rennsteig Trail featuring beautiful landscapes, the Treetop Trail, the Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther took refuge, the 1000-year-old Mendicants’ Oak and medieval houses and convents.
The Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Lying on the bank of Zambezi River, this national park is a must for thrill-seekers. See elephants, zebras, pukus, impalas, buffalos, kudus and baboons in their natural habitat by taking a 3-5 day canoeing trip. Swimming under the Victoria Falls will definitely be a memory worth reminiscing to. Walking safari trips with an experienced guide will take you to the heart of Africa.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Whistler, Grouse Mountain and Dam Mountain offer exhilarating zipline adventures during the whole year. But when it comes to hiking, the Sea to Sky Corridor, the Grouse Grind and the Stawamus Chief are all popular destinations. Mountain biking enthusiasts should definitely visit the North Shore including the 10 km path encircling Stanley Park and the English Bay-False Creek-UBC seaside route.
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
If you are feeling energetic, start for the islands best known for being home to the endemic species Darwin studied. Begin with sea kayaking in order to meet sea lions, penguins and marine turtles. As the islands are notable for lava trails, the rim of the Sierra Negra, a volcano caldera will be the biggest excitement of the trip to the Galapagos Islands.
The North Cape and Western Finnmark, Norway
The North Cape, a 307m cliff, is Europe’s northernmost point. After a trip to the North Cape, rock carvings in Alta dating as far back as 2000-7000 years ago, the Alta Canyon, and the Alta Dam boat trip are not to be missed. The Havøysund National Tourist Route is worth taking due to natural phenomena such as the midnight sun and aurora borealis.
National Chambal Sanctuary, India
The Chambal, a tributary of the Yamuna River is a remarkably exotic vision. Whether you choose the river safari, nature walks, village walks, bicycle rides, the camel safari, or the jeep safari, you will definitely be lost for words in Chambal Valley. While you are in the vicinity, drop by Bateshwar, where you will find over 100 temples.
The most popular tourist attractions of the seemingly inaccessible area are natural hot rivers Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk, a valley ideal for camping. Additionally, the Highland Road is famous for the Hraunfossar Falls, the hot springs in Deildartunguhver, the National Park of Thingvellir and the mountain pass of Kaldidalur.
Whatever destination you choose for your weekend getaway, you are guaranteed exciting hiking tours, the abundance of natural wildlife and rich cultural heritage.