#1 best hiking region in the world is …

New Zealand

There’s no debate.

The Land of the Long White Cloud Aotearoa is by far the single best hiking destination on Earth.

North Island? South Island? Both are great. And both much different.

The most compelling evidence that New Zealand has EVERYTHING a hiker could want is with photos:

Taraurua Ranges

Ohau River

Bealey Spur, Arthurs' Pass

New Zealand is insanely great for hikers. It’s safe. It’s clean. Trails are not crowded. It’s terrific for kids.

There’s no risk of altitude sickness as the glaciated peaks are at low elevation.

Best months are mid-November through mid-April for most treks.

More information on our New Zealand information page.

Our favourite tramp in New Zealand is the volcanic Tongariro Circuit. You’ll feel like you’ve entered Mordor in Lord of the Rings.

See our Tongariro Circuit Information page.

Start planning your New Zealand hiking vacation right now.

Best Hikes out of Pucón, Chile

It’s January in Canada. And I wish I was in Patagonia. 😀

One adventure town there is Pucón, 780 km to the south of Santiago. On the shore of Lake Villarrica. The Villarrica volcano located roughly 17 km to the south.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time there myself. And was pleased when our Villarrica Traverse page was linked from an excellent list:

Pucón, Chile: The Ultimate Hiking and Trekking Guide

Very comprehensive. Very well researched.

Best Hikes in Mexico

The S.W. USA one or our favourite destination in the world for hiking — but Mexico is not nearly as good, in our opinion.

Lonely Planet did choose 6 great hikes:

  1. Pico del Águila
  2. Volcán Paricutín
  3. Bacajipare Trail 
  4. Pueblos Mancomunados 
  5. Pueblo Fantasma 
  6. Cerro Don Lauro

The 6 best hikes in Mexico to explore volcanoes, canyons and ghost towns

Photo by Felipe Perez on Pexels.com

See our list of best hikes in North America.

Hiking Cruz del Carmen to Hidalgo, Canary Islands

The specific trail is numbered PR-TF 10 Cruz del Carmen to La Punta del Hidalgo.

Definitely one of the best hikes on Tenerife island.

I caught 2 buses to get to Cruz del Carmen, off the main roadways. 

From there it was 5.3km to Chinamada.  And a further 4.5km to Punta del Hidalgo on the coast.  A descent of about 916m on mixed surface, some sharp and volcanic.  You need good shoes and plenty of water.  

I had downloaded an AllTrails map, but never used it as trails here are very well marked. 

It was warm in November. But not too hot.

Near the tourist information office at the start, there is a weird bug.

Even more surprising was this bouquet set into a tree near the start.

Dropping in elevation, the vegetation changes.  Near Cruz del Carmen it’s relatively lush laurel forest.  After Chinamada it’s arid brushwood and cactus.  

The only wildlife I saw was birds and lizards. 

I would say the Chinamada to Hidalgo section is the more spectacular half.   Plenty of steep cliffs — though nothing dangerous. 

My favourite parts were while approaching the Atlantic. That’s Punta del Hidalgo in the distance.

Indigenous people lived in natural caves on this part of the island.  As did I.   😀 

Once I got to town next morning, the main attraction is the Punta del Hidalgo Lighthouse, the strangest I’ve ever seen.  Unequal and irregular columns of increasing height rising from a triangular base.

Built 1992, it’s 50-metres-high (160 ft).

This is the end of the line for the bus along the coast. A quaint town.

 I caught a different bus back to the main highway .  Bus service on Tenerife is excellent running every half hour or less, even on Sundays. 

related – Hello Canary Islands

10 Multi-Day Hikes in Africa

10 Adventures put together a good list.

Click through for details.

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  2. Mount Mulanje, Malawi
  3. Mount Toubkal, Morocco
  4. Fish River Canyon, Namibia
  5. Otter Trail, South Africa
  6. Amatola Trail, South Africa
  7. Outeniqua Trail, South Africa
  8.  Mount Meru, Tanzania
  9. Naukluft Hiking Trail, Namibia
  10. Drakensberg Grand Traverse, South Africa

10 Spectacular Multi-Day Hikes in Africa: Explore the Preserved Wilderness

We’d agree that South Africa and Namibia are the best destinations for the hiker.

Otter Trail is one of our top 10 hikes in the world.

#3 – Tongariro Northern Circuit, New Zealand

Tongariro Northern Circuit is one of our top 10 hikes in the world.


Our favourite multi-day tramp in our favourite hiking region of the world — glorious New Zealand.  😎

  • non-stop superb hiking
  • mostly volcanic & desert environs
  • 45km (28mi) depending on route plus sidetrips
  • 3-days, 2-nights recommended
  • option to climb a volcano, or two
  • Mt Doom
  • medium difficulty hiking, with challenging sections
  • wonderful variety of scenery
  • Dec – Mar best months
  • maximum elevation Red Crater 1886m (6188ft)

World → AustralasiaNew Zealand → Tongariro Circuit

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For details click over to our Tongariro Northern Circuit information page.

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