Head over to Peru for a daring trek
As the smooth mist that covers Lima turns pink at dawn, you will put on your trekking shoes with sheer excitement, for you are about to tread upon Peruvian ground, for either hours or days, gazing at breathtaking landscapes and ruins of the Inca civilisation.
Get ready to lose yourself up hill and down dale amid lush and gracefully shaped forests. Legends are plentiful, as the country's history is marked by the empire's remarkable extension under the reign of Pachacutec. During you daring getaway from the City of Kings, trek routes multiply and offer you a gorgeous and athletic overview of the country. Walks can last from 3 to 22 days, as you please.
Explore the snowy feet of the Andes, trot about the Cusco trail to the Machu Picchu and wander away from the tourist agitation near Ayacucho or Nevado Ausangate.
Hanging on Costa Rica's tropical air
With most than 30 000 types of insects, hundreds of birds, amphibians and reptiles, Costa Rica is a wild an exceptional land.
The heights of Monteverde in the Puntaneras Province are teeming with fauna and flora. Perched on a suspension bridge, you overhang the plentiful canopy, full of rare and endemic species. Droplets of humidity flow over guacanaste tree leaves and tangled roots of strangler figs. Walk up and down paths from 40 to 200 feet high under a heavy shroud of clouds and brief sun spells. The most adventurous among you will take delight in pushing their limits. Who wants to leap into the void on a zip-line?
Time regained aboard the Trans-Siberian
“I was very happy and careless / It was like cops and robbers / We had stolen the treasure of Golconda / And we were taking it on the Trans-Siberian to hide it on the other side / Of the world”, as Blaise Cendrars tells us in his Prose of the Trans-Siberian and of Little Jehanne of France work. From the Moscow train station, follow on the tracks of a young poet heading for Harbin in China. Whilst retelling his journey along Russian train stations, he actually travelled inwards to introspection.
Whether as an adventurer at heart, a budding writer or a daring nomadic wanderer, you will not want to miss the last train for Vladivostok. It will take you a week to travel 5,777 miles across the Ural mountains, the Taiga, the Lake Baikal and the Amur River. Landscapes follow one after the other, offering snapshots of peasants at work in remote villages, Mongol nomads and even Russian soldiers. Meet these other people, who do not speak your language but smile from the bottom of their hearts.
Back to the Vietnamese wild
Because of its troubled history during the 20th century, the Indochinese peninsula suffered a reduction of the various tropical, dense and luxuriant forests. However, authorities now try to preserve their land and heritage, especially the plateaus on which evergreen plants and trees cover hills and rice fields.
Fly to Vietnam and immerse yourself in the Annam jungle surrounded with bamboo mountains and sandy coves... Unless you feel more inclined towards the rocky mountains of the Tonkin region between China and Laos. Reveries are particularly well adapted for solitary walkers, as vast chalky plateaus and crystalline peaks are interspersed with deep valleys and long waterways. Northeast of the Red River, watch steep rock formations open up the turquoise waters of the gorgeous Ha Long Bay.
Icy adventure in the Norwegian heart
Absolute trailblazers when it comes to environmentally-friendly measures, Norwegians have shaken up consciences as they learnt to live in harmony with a land upon which their well-being relies.
Men usually humbly bow when facing the vast Folgefonna icecaps. Only dusk can tame the whiteness of the landscape, and it is easy to get intoxicated by the sheer beauty of nature without master.
The largest of the three glaciers spreads over 65 square miles and it therefore one of the most impressive in the whole country. Since 2005, they have all been part of the eponymous National Park, in which you should feel free to venture. Only one hour by plane from Oslo, nicknamed the Tiger City, you'll be able to gaze upon icy territories torn by rocky mountains and peaks... The contrast is mind-blowing!