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15 Amazing Long-Distance Hikes Around the World

Fodor's Logo By Molly Harris of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 16: Distance: 3,000km/1,864 milesAn informal network of trails, the Greater Patagonia Trail is the longest trekking path in South America. Travelers will pass over dormant and active volcanos that heat nearby hot springs, a welcome point of relaxation for sore feet. Purists will want to hike the region’s trails, but pack-rafting is an option with rivers, lakes, and fjords to float along. Since the trail was first published by Jan Dudeck in 2015, only 40 people have attempted the trail.

Worldwide, long-distance trails are suited to all hikers whether for one day, one week, or one month. Though thousands attempt thru-hikes each year, very few reach the end of the trail. For new trekkers looking for the best path to try, thru-hikers seeking their next challenge to tackle, or adventure travelers that need the extra motivation of a distant destination, these are the world’s best long-distance hikes.

© Jan Dudeck

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