In four years of nonstop traveling – and many trips before that – we definitely have some favorites, and, now, we’re ready to share a few of those.
Our favorite ancient ruins: Angkor Wat in Cambodia; Ephesus and Afrodiasas in Turkey; and Machu Picchu in Peru
Our best travel discoveries: cave paintings near Ronda, Spain; a visit to a great craftsman near Otavalo, Ecuador; and using taxis to transport our baggage
On a trip long ago to Spain – when travel books were still the best source for planning a trip – we discovered an obscure passage in a book with reference to ancient cave paintings outside Ronda. When we arrived in Ronda, we got directions and made our way by car through winding mountain roads to the cave, set in a hillside above a farm. The farmer saw us, waved, and made his way up with a huge set of keys. He handed our son a lantern, unlocked the door, and we got a one-hour tour of the amazing paintings. We read later that some of the paintings in the cave are 20,000 years old.
The last best discovery solved a travel dilemma we faced years ago in planning our 7-day trips hiking from inn-to-inn with our friends in the most scenic places with great food. We wanted to plan the trip ourselves, and none of us wanted to carry full packs. We struggled with that dilemma of what to do with the suitcases or packs while we hiked until we figured it out.
We arranged for a local taxi to transport our bags each day. The driver picked them up in the morning and drove them to our next hotel. After a long day of hiking, we arrived at our new hotel and discovered our suitcases already in our rooms awaiting us. The cost was ridiculously low, since the cost was split between all of us.
Our favorite places for hiking: Zermatt, Switzerland; Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk, Iceland; Lake District, England; and the Dolomite Mountains, Italy
Long ago we started planning and taking trips with friends to great hiking destinations. We’re still at it. One of our earlier trips was memorable: a week staying in a hotel in Zermatt, Switzerland with a view of the Matterhorn from our window. Every day we hiked a different trail with our friends – down the mountains, by glaciers, and through lovely forests.
We traveled to the UK years ago to do a 5-day walk on the Coast-to-Coast trail from St. Bees, on the Irish Sea, into the Lake District. The scenery was grand, the accommodations and food were rustic. We met fellow hikers and walked together for some way, making it a truly memorable experience.
Let us know what your own “best of the best” are so it’s our turn to get inspired!
Our previous posts covered our other travel best of the best…. best wildlife, beaches, and snorkeling – and best destinations for food and places to stay.