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7 Best Hiking Trips (PHOTOS, POLL)

First Posted: 08/02/10 09:34 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:05 PM ET

Bored of the same old trip? Looking for a little bit of adventure? Need an excuse to go back to the gym? Take a hike, literally! Here at HuffPost Travel we've compiled the seven most scenic hiking trails for all levels of expertise. Go ahead, do something different.

 
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Machu Picchu
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Once an exclusive retreat for Incan rulers, today anybody can visit Machu Picchu with the right boots. The typically four-day hike along the legendary Inca trail leads you through lush tropical jungles and breathtaking mountain views. Bring an ornithologists guide, as over two hundred fifty different species of birds make their nests along the way. At the end of your nearly thirty mile camping trek, enjoy a picnic by the Machu Picchu guard house and let the ruined temples and bathhouses of this lost city transport you to a faraway time. Most importantly, don't forget to bring some coca leaves to chew on. At four thousand eight hundred feet above sea level, this notorious plant is the best cure for altitude sickness.
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