Deep in the wilderness of northern Laos, far removed from the trappings of western society, intrepid hikers might stumble upon the remote village of Akha. But only if they know where to look. Travel writer Holly Cave endured the difficult trek to this unique community, where she discovered some universal truths about the human condition.
The locals speak of Cajas National Park with a mixture of pride and trepidation, warning of the lack of marked trails, creepy woodlands and wash of clouds that descend in the early evenings. Travel writer Bani Amor explores the backwoods of this unique hiking destination.
The silence here is almost unnerving. Jagged mountain peaks toss shadows across crumbling stone houses, temples and mausoleums; terraces carve into the hillside, resembling rows of massive stairs. But perhaps what’s most striking about Peru’s Choquequirao archeological site is what travellers won’t find: other tourists.
Every couple of hundred metres, we had to stop, look around and figure out where the trail had gone. If you could even call it a trail. On paper, these treks look a cinch. Keeha Beach is a measly three kilometres from the trailhead, while the trek to the Cape Beale Lighthouse is only six kilometres. But challenges soon pop up once you’re actually hiking along these little-known routes.
Shawneen and I huddled under the tarp, shovelling spoonfuls of warm maccaroni into our mouths. We should have been in the tent by now. Vancouver Island’s Cape Scott Trail offers incredible scenery and takes trekkers through some unique historical sites. But it also spans one of the wettest region’s of B.C.’s west coast.