Hiking Piatra Secuiului In Rimetea, The Most Beautiful Village in Romania

Hiking Piatra Secuiului In Rimetea, The Most Beautiful Village in Romania

Rimetea (also known as Torockó in Hungarian) is an idyllic village in the Alba County of Romania. It is a magical place where “the sun rises twice”, a strange phenomenon that happens because of the neighboring Piatra Secuiului Mountains (Székelykő in Hungarian).

The Piatra Secuiului mountains soar 480 meters above the small village of Rimetea, so the sun rises once above the horizon, dips behind the mountains, and then once again above the mountains.

It is no surprise that one of the most popular activities in Rimetea is hiking the Piatra Secuiului mountains.

The peak of the Piatra Secuiului offers unparalleled views of the surrounding Romanian countryside, a view worth dying for (figuratively).

Our blog post will tell you how you can do the Piatra Secuiului hike in Rimetea and have those views yourself!


How To Get To Piatra Secuiului In Rimetea

The easiest trailhead to locate for the Piatra Secuiului Mountain is located in Rimetea, a village of about 1000 inhabitants located 1 hour away from Cluj-Napoca.

Because it is a small village in the rural areas of Romania, public transportation is lacking. The best way to visit Rimetea is to have your own car, as many of the locals in the villages do. We recommend you to rent a car in Cluj-Napoca and take a day trip from Cluj to Rimetea.

Alternatively, you can rent the car for your entire trip and do a Romania road trip!

Once you have arrived in Rimetea, the trailhead to Piatra Secuiului is located in the outskirts of town. You can park your car in the center of town and walk or drive a little closer to the bottom of the mountain.


Though it will save you 15 minutes or so, the roads leading to the outskirts of town are not well-paved. We visited in autumn when the weather is still decent and the road was gravelly, steep, and filled with potholes. We can imagine the road in the winter to be much more treacherous.

At the start of the trail, you will see a flag with a white square and a dark blue cross. That is the indicator for the trail and you are now on the proper route!

Half the struggle is locating the start of the trail. Now you get to enjoy the challenging hike and beautiful views!


Our Experience Hiking The Piatra Secuiului (Székelykő) In Romania

At 480 meters above the village of Rimetea, we expected the hike to be quite difficult. The difficulty doesn’t start with the first step on the mountain, but the intimidation from the looming giant that can be felt from the town.

Nevertheless, we have seen photos from the top of the Piatra Secuiului and knew it was worth the trouble.

Using maps.me as our navigation, we managed to find the trailhead and a place to park our car, a nice patch of grass in a large field. At that point, we were already many meters above the town, and the view was incredible. 


Once you have located the trail, it is difficult to get lost. What makes the trail so difficult is the elevation gained. 480 meters of elevation is not a big deal. But 480 meters in one hour, now that is physically strenuous.

The hiking trail for Piatra Secuiului is not too technical. Most of the trail is covered in big rocks and boulders so you might need a little bit of flexibility or a good stretch before hiking. Parts of the path also contain loose sand.


Though it is easy going up, descending on loose sand is a serious issue, especially if you don’t have proper hiking shoes. Here in Piatra Secuiului is where I encountered my first hiking accident, slipping on the loose sand and hitting my face with my own camera. 🙂

On the trail, we noticed many Hungarian flags painted onto the rocks. Being an old Hungarian village for close to 1000 years, we weren’t surprised to see it. In fact, even though Rimetea is in Romania, most of the population speaks Hungarian. Some locals barely speak any Romanian.


On the way to the top is a small “waterfall”. We were taking a break there when we met three Hungarian hikers coming from the other direction. They stopped at the “waterfall” and just started drinking the refreshing cold water from the waterfall.

It was difficult to resist the urge, especially after hiking in the Romanian sun at midday. But since food poison seems to follow me around like the plague, I endured the temptation and moved on. If I had a LifeStraw Water Bottle or something similar, I would’ve indulged in it.

When hiking up, don’t forget to take your time and check out the scenery behind you. The hike is very scenic throughout, with jagged mountains framing the idyllic village of Rimetea. 


After about an hour of hiking, we reached the ridge of the mountain. Behind us is Rimetea and the Alba County, on the other side of the ridge is the Cluj County of Romania, both are marvelous sights.

However, this isn’t the top of Piatra Secuiului. At the top of the ridge, we followed a path to the right for around 15 mins. This path was mildly vegetated and a lot easier to hike than the previous parts.

Alas, we overcame the final small slope and the Romanian countryside came into sight one by one. The clear blue sky (hopefully), the colorful foliage in the distance, then the small geometric farms, and then finally, the hidden gem of Romania, Rimetea.

One by one, these beautiful elements combine to form the picturesque countryside Romania is known for.


The difficult hike we endured to get here definitely enhanced the view, as the views took our breath away as much as the trail did.

We sat down for a bit and enjoyed a packed lunch we bought from the convenience store in Cluj-Napoca. The crisp autumn air and the warm autumn sun were blissful on our sweaty bodies, and the cheap sandwich we bought tasted like the best meal in our lives.


After taking in the views and having our lunch, it was time to head back. We were traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Sibiu that day and didn’t want to arrive too late.

Because of the loose sand and steep declines, the way down was extremely treacherous. If you don’t have hiking shoes, we recommend you to go down very slowly. You might have to slide on your butt at times (like I did). Once you get to the rocky bits, the trail becomes a lot easier.

The whole hike took us a total of 2.5 hours and every minute was worth it!


Additional Things To do In Rimetea, Romania

If you are doing a day trip to Rimetea for hiking the Piatra Secuiului, you might want to spend some time exploring the village itself. Because we visited during off-peak season and on a weekday, most of the restaurants, museums, and attractions were closed.

However, that didn’t stop us from walking around and enjoying the beauty of a simple rustic village. With its traditional features, Rimtea has earned a spot on the tentative list for a UNESCO Heritage Site, and you can see the heritage in the well-preserved white houses and barns in town.

We heard that during summer, the parking lots in Rimetea would be filled with tour buses from Hungary. With such a big Hungarian population, it is no surprise Hungarians would come visit Torockó (Rimetea in Hungarian).


Here are some additional things to do in Rimetea, Romania.

1. Visit the Ethnographic Museum Rimetea

At the Ethnographic Museum of Rimetea, visitors can learn about the history of Rimetea and its former glory as a mining town. This small museum features many artifacts that tell the story of its complicated history and will help you appreciate Rimetea a lot more.

Don’t miss this attraction!

2. Visit A Local Pub Such As Könyvtár Kocsma

There are several pubs in Rimetea, the one that’s highly recommended is the Könyvtár Kocsma (Don’t ask me how to pronounce that). An affordable local bar with a friendly owner, you can properly relax with a cold beer and an amazing view of the Piatra Secuiului.


3. Try Local Transylvanian Food At Szarvas

If you are looking for food in Rimetea, you really don’t have many options. The popular restaurant Szarvas is the place to go when it comes to food in Rimetea. Serving traditional Hungarian food at an affordable price, guests can have a pleasant experience at their beautiful rustic location. 

Best Time To Visit Rimetea And Hike Piatra Secuiului (Szekelyko)

The best time to visit Rimetea is the summer peak season. Every establishment is open, villagers are out and about, and the village comes to life. However, the tourist crowd might be a little too much, especially on the weekend.

If your only intention of visiting Rimetea is to hike the Piatra Secuiului, it is probably better to visit in the autumn or spring.

The village itself might not be as lively as the summer, but the temperate weather and low rainfall are ideal for hiking. Fall and spring are generally the best seasons to do any type of hiking in Romania. 


Where To Stay In Rimetea, Romania

Though one day in Rimetea should be enough, there is nothing wrong with staying for a few days to enjoy the beautiful landscapes in this region.

Here is where we recommend staying in Rimetea.

Best Hotel in Rimetea- Pensiunea ARANYOS

Out of the few hotels in Rimetea, Pensiunea ARANYOS is the best among them. With traditional decor and rustic vibes, the property is absolutely gorgeous and fitting of Rimetea. Included in the price is a traditional Transylvania breakfast prepared using local ingredients.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Combined with the cozy decor, the place feels like a home away from home.

Click here for more info!

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This concludes our guide on Rimetea and how to hike the Piatra Secuiului. We hope you will enjoy this beautiful village in Romania as much as we did!

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An EPIC ~2 Week Romania Road Trip Itinerary: The Best Of Romania

An EPIC ~2 Week Romania Road Trip Itinerary: The Best Of Romania

A country with a countless number of stunning castles and natural wonders, exploring Romania can be a bit tricky. In the 92,046 square-mile land contains some of the best attractions in Romania, and it seems like every corner you turn there is more waiting to be discovered.

That is why we highly recommend doing a Romania road trip.

With your own vehicle, this mysterious country is much easier to explore. However, driving in a foreign country like Romania can be both confusing and terrifying, which is why we have written this guide on the perfect road trip to Romania.


Where Should You Start Your Romania Road Trip?


The most common question I get about doing a road trip in Romania is where to start and end your trip. Most travelers opt to start their trip in Bucharest (the capital of Romania) for 2 reasons: flights to Bucharest are cheaper and car rentals are also cheaper.

While it is a nice option when traveling on a budget in Romania, Bucharest is not exactly an exciting city. Most of the attractions in Bucharest can be done in a day or two, and you are left with nothing but an overcrowded metropolitan city.

The other city to start your Romanian road trip is Cluj-Napoca, the capital city of the Transylvania region of Romania.

This is the perfect place to start your road trip because you can rent a car in Cluj-Napoca and drop it off in Bucharest and then get on your flight. The con is that it would be a little pricier, as flights to Cluj can be more expensive and you will have to pay extra to drop the car off at a different location than the one you rented it from.

Whichever city you decide to start your road trip, I would recommend dropping your car off at a different location than where you rented it so you don’t have to spend a day or two backtracking.

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Driving in Romania (Parking, Roads, Regulations, And More)


Though Romania’s roads tend to get a bad rating, we found that the roads in Romania are generally pleasant to drive on, minus the few that are a little off-the-beaten-path.

Compared to the roads in New York City, Romanian roads are better maintained and less congested. (That is not really saying much I know.) In rural areas, you might share the road with livestock and horse-drawn wagons.

Driving in Romania is on the right-hand side of the road, so anyone from North America would have an easier time in Romania. At first, we were quite nervous about renting a car and driving in Romania, but then the beautiful scenery along the way and the easy-driving roads soothed our worries.

Most cars in Romania are in manual drive, just like the Dacia Logan sedan that we rented. Though there are automatic options, those tend to be a little bit more expensive.

To be able to drive in Romania, you must have the required license and documentation. For Americans, an International Driving Permit (IDP) and a valid U.S. state drivers’ license (DL) are required to drive in Romania. Requirements will be different depending on where you are from. Check with the respective laws before renting a car in Romania!

If you intend to do a road trip in Romania in the winter months, make sure you drive extra carefully, have snow tires, and preferably a 4WD vehicle.

Parking in Romania is generally effortless, though you might have to walk a bit to/from your accommodation. Generally speaking, the bigger the city, the harder it is to find free parking. Cities such as Bucharest will give you a headache if you try to find free parking, especially in the historic center. (Good thing you don’t need a car to explore Bucharest!)

Free parking is abundant in most of the tourist attractions in Romania. We didn’t have to pay a single dime for parking on our 2-week Romania road trip. 

Road Trip To Romania Tourist Map

Featured above is our Romania road trip itinerary. As you can see, it starts in Cluj-Napoca and ends in Bucharest or vice-versa.

The upper left corner contains a toggle that will give you more information about the interactive map.

Essentially, you will be basing yourself out of 4 locations: Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Brasov, and Bucharest. You will use these four cities as a base to explore the nearby attractions, which are color-coded on the map.

For example, the color green contains all the things to do in Brasov, and it is best to visit those attractions while you are in Brasov.

If you have any questions, leave a comment down below! 

The ULTIMATE Road Trip In Romania Itinerary

Cluj-Napoca, The Capital of Translyvania (2-3 Days)


(You can also do your road trip backward, starting in Bucharest and ending in Cluj-Napoca)

Cluj-Napoca, or commonly referred to as Cluj, is the unofficial capital of Translyvania, a region known for its medieval towns, impressive mountains, and stunning castles. It is a region so special that even Prince Charles has fallen in love and paid many visits.

As the second-most populous city in Romania, Cluj is famous for its prestigious universities, amazing student nightlife, exciting music festivals, and many historic buildings.

You will spend around 2 to 3 days in Cluj, exploring the best things to do in Cluj-Napoca. Most of the attractions are concentrated in the Old Town of Cluj Napoca, and accessing them on foot is easy and a great way to experience the city. 

As a result, we recommend you to rent your car in Cluj when you are done seeing the city and want to explore the places inaccessible by foot such as the Hoia Forest, arguably one of the most haunted places on Earth, or something like the impressive Turda Salt Mines.

Things To Do In Cluj Napoca, Romania

While there are many things to do in Cluj-Napoa, here are some must-do activities.

1. FREE Walking Tour Cluj-Napoca

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to take advantage of the free walking tours offered in each city. The majority of these tours are run by locals that have lived in the area for a long time and know the city like the back of their hand.

What is best about these free walking tours is that they are completely free, but a tip is appreciated at the end. You are free to tip as much or as little you want, depending on whether you think the tour was worth it or not.

The tours usually include information about the city, its history, the best things to do there, and even personal recommendations on places to eat. Essentially, you have a local tour guide that can answer any questions you might have about the city without the hefty price.

It is also a great place to meet other travelers if you are traveling solo in Romania or looking for road trip buddies!

You can find more about the Cluj-Napoca free walking tour here.


2. Unirii Square Cluj-Napoca

As the biggest square in Cluj-Napoca, Unirii Square is the perfect place to hang out and just observe the local life. Besides being a good spot to chill out, the Unirii square is home to two very important landmarks – the St. Michaels Church and the statue of the King of Hungary Matthias Corvinus.

Why is there a Hungarian statue of a king in Romania? Because Cluj-Napoca has actually been under the rule of Hungary for close to a thousand years.

St. Michaels Church is the church with the tallest watchtower and the second biggest Gothic-styled church in Romania, a stunning display of the grandeur at the time. If there is one landmark in Cluj-Napoca that is worth seeing, it is the St. Michaels Church.

Though we weren’t able to enter because it was under construction, visitors are normally allowed to enter.


3. Central Park / Citadel Park / Botanical Garden

Anyone looking to enjoy some of the green spaces in Cluj-Napoca must not miss Central Park, Citadel Park, or the Botanical Garden. Though all these 3 places are similar, they are also different in many ways.

Central Park is located inside the Old Town, making it the perfect and convenient place to just relax after a long day. Grab a coffee and just stroll around the almost 200-year-old park. Make sure you don’t miss the serene lake that attracts many locals.

If you are looking for a panoramic view of Cluj-Napoca, the Citadel Park, or Cetățuia Park in Romanian, is the perfect place to go. Located on a hilltop across the Someșul Mic river, the Citadel Park is the perfect place to watch the sun set behind the gorgeous city of Cluj. 

The Botanical Garden is another great option for anyone looking for leisure activities in Cluj. During the summer, various species of plants are in blossom and it feels like nature’s paradise. The entrance cost of the Cluj Botanical Garden is 11 lei, a fairly low price for the amount of the plants it offers!

4. Piezisa Street (Strada Piezișă) for Nightlife

Anyone visiting Cluj-Napoca without experiencing some of its nightlife is missing out. Home of many students from universities, the nightlife in Cluj is perfect for anyone young or young at heart.

Many students gather on the popular Piezisa Street, also nicknamed Cluj’s student street. With dozens of bars and clubs concentrated on Piezisa Street, visitors will unquestionably have a crazy night here!

Cluj is also the home of many quirky bars and clubs, such as the steampunk-designed Enigma bar or the Fly Circus Pub, a bar with an inhouse arthouse cinema.

4. Hoia Forest (Hoia Baciu) / Turda Salt Mines

Once you have seen all the attractions inside Cluj Napoa, it is time to explore the surrounding areas, namely the Hoia Baciu ad the Turda Salt Mines.

Known as one of the most haunted places in the world, Hoia Baciu is a must for anyone that enjoys dark tourism or the supernatural. Inside the Hoia Forest are trees that grow in a zig-zag or spiral pattern, and scientists that have investigated the cause have come up with nothing.

Besides the numerous UFO sightings and shadowy figures that have been reported in the forest, a perfectly circular area named The Clearing is located deep inside the forest. Strangely, this circular area is the only place in Hoia Forest with no trees, and scientists again have failed to come up with a solution.

Many locals refuse to get near the Hoia Forest, and some tourists that have taken the taxi there are dropped off a 10-minute walk away from the entrance. However, there are some locals that use the Hoia Forest as a recreation area daily.


Credit: WikiCommons

If the Hoia Forest is too spooky for you, visit the impressive Salina Turda salt mine instead. This amazing engineering feat has been named as one of the 25 hidden gems in the world worth visiting and it is not surprising.

The first record of the Salina Turda dates back to the late 11th century, making this salt mine almost one thousand years old. What was one of the most active salt mines has now become a museum, an … amusement park, and a spa. Yes, I said amusement park.

Inside the Rudolf Hall of the Salina Turda is a ferris wheel, mini-golf court, billiards, ping pong, and even a bowling alley. But that is not all; down another lift is a boating lake 120 meters below ground where visitors can rent a boat for 20 lei and row it around.

If you don’t fancy all these extra activities, visitors can stroll around the various halls and learn about the salt mine. Breathing in salty air is said to have positive properties and there is no shortage of that inside the mine. If you want a more professional halotherapy (salt therapy), guess what? They have a halotherapy spa at the Salina Turda!

Salina Turda is one of the most insane unique places to visit in Romania. Don’t miss it on your Romania itinerary!


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5. Rimetea

An idyllic small village about an hour from Cluj-Napoca, Rimetea is one of the most popular day trips from Cluj. It is a village where a magical phenomenon happens, the sun rises twice, once over the horizon and once over the Piatra Secuiului, or Rock of the Szeklers mountains. The Piatra Seciului mountain raises 480 meters above the town, attracting many avid hikers.

Rimetea was once a popular mining town, but now there are only about 1,000 residents. Most residents in the town speak Hungarian, just like many people in the Transylvania Region, because this part has been under Hungarian rule for about 1000 years.

Strolling through the idyllic village should take no more than an hour or two, but there are several restaurants, bars, and museums to explore. However, the most popular thing to do in Rimetea is hiking the Piatra Secuiului Mountain. At 480 meters above the village and the surrounding area, the picturesque views of the stunning Romanian countryside are all yours to enjoy when you set foot on the peak.

Though 480 meters higher in elevation, the hiking trail only takes about an hour. As you can imagine, the trail is not only steep but contains loose sand in certain sections. Be careful when you are hiking in Rimetea, but trust me, the views are worth the effort!

Because Rimea is on the way to on next destination (Sibiu), I highly recommend you to visit Rimetea on the day you are leaving for Sibiu.

Visit Rimetea in the morning, stop by Alba Iulia for some late lunch, and then check out the Red  Ravine. The sunset at Red Ravine will leave anyone and everyone in awe! Finally, head down to Sibiu!


Where To Stay In Cluj Napoca

Best Hostel In Cluj-Napoca – Retro Hostel

If you are looking for a social atmosphere to meet more potential road trip partners, Retro Hostel is perfect for you. Featuring friendly vibes, clean and spacious beds, free coffee and tea, and a sauna, Retro hostel knows how to make hostel life enjoyable!

Click here for more info!

Best Hotel In Cluj-Napoca – Modern Central

Modern Central is the perfect hotel in Cluj for anyone looking for a modern, spacious, and easy-to-access accommodation for an affordable price. This hotel (apartment) has the same luxury as some famous hotels in the city without the hefty price tag. Its location in the Old Town of Cluj means you are within walking distance to pretty much everything you might want to see! 

Click here for more info!

Sibiu, The Most Idyllic City in Romania (3 to 4 Days)


Sibiu is that one city that no one has heard about before traveling to Romania and also the one that everyone talks about after being there. It is the place that you plan on visiting for a few days but then end up staying there longer because you have fallen in love with the city, bought a house, and have three kids.

The charm of Sibiu isn’t unheard of. In fact, Sibiu has been designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2007 because of its significance with the Transylvanian Saxons. In 2008, Forbes has named Sibiu as the 8th-most idyllic place to live. In 2019, Sibiu was named the European Region of Gastronomy. History, aesthetics, and great food, who wouldn’t love this place?

Sibiu’s most iconic feature is the eyes that appear on its houses, earning it the nickname of “The City With Eyes” or “Seebiu”. The “eyes “appeared on the houses as early as the 15th century and are part of Baroque architecture. The real purpose of the eyes is ventilation for houses’ attics, but some believe they were built to scare people.

The city is easily walkable, and most of the attractions are located inside the Old Town of Sibiu. Though the landmarks are stunning, the beauty of Sibiu lies within its everyday elements: the cobble-stoned roads, the beautiful houses, the relaxed vibes, the friendly people, and the delicious food.

We recommend you to spend a minimum of 3 days to explore Sibiu and its surrounding attractions. However, free feel to stay as long as you desire, whether that be 5 days, a week, or forever! 🙂 


Things To Do In Sibiu, Romania

Though there are many things to do in Sibiu, here are some of the attractions you cannot miss!

1. The Large Square & The Small Square (Piata Mare & Piata Mica of Sibiu)

Inside every medieval town is a massive square where trade is conducted, gatherings are held, and executions are taken place. The Large Square (A+ for creativity) is exactly that historical center. Nowadays, you won’t find any executions, but you will find a number of historical buildings surrounding the massive square, such as the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, the Brukenthal Palace, and many more.

If you are lucky to visit during Christmas, you will get to enjoy the renowned Christmas market in the Large Square (also known as Piata Mare). Numerous stalls are lined up in this beautiful cobble-stone square selling local food as the kurtoskalacs, handmade crafts, accessories, toys, and many more.

Along with the giant Christmas tree and the glamorous lights, it is no wonder why the Sibiu Christmas market has been considered the best Christmas market in the world in 2012 by El Mundo and the best in Europe in 2019 by About Times Magazine.

Adjacent to the Large Square (Piata Mare) of Sibiu is the Small Square (Piata Mica), known for its diverse dining establishments ranging from Mediterranean to Eastern European. Patrons are welcome to enjoy outdoor seating and admire the beautiful Baroque architecture surrounding the square with a glass of chilled wine.

After you are done enjoying your meal at the Small Square, head over to the Bridge of Lies and learn about its legends. Though there are many variations to the legends, one thing for certain is that it connected the Old Town of Sibiu with the New Town.


2. Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary

When we visited the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary on our Romanian road trip, the cathedral was under renovation. Only a small portion of it and the lookout tower were available for sightseeing.

The lookout tower itself is enough to make your trip worth it; I can’t imagine how beautiful this place would be if the main halls were open.

Visitors must take a guided tour with one of the members of the church, who will first explain to you the significance and history of the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary. Afterward, the guide will take you all the way up to the top of the watchtower, where you can get the best views of Sibiu in its entirety (much better than the Council Tower, or Turnul Sfatului). The roofs of the Sibiu houses are truly spectacular, as well as the mountains that surround the region in the distance.

Along the way up, you will see the beautifully preserved structural components of the building and the added steel in parts where the wood has become too weak. It is truly an adventure! At the observatory near the top, you are close to 70 meters above the ground.

The Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary is a landmark in Sibiu you must visit. 


3. Corvin Castle + The Citadel of Alba-Carolina (Day Trip From Sibiu)

Once you have finished exploring Sibiu, it is time to take some day trips from Sibiu.

Corvin Castle, or Castelul Corvinilor in Romanian, is one of the Seven Wonders of Romania, and is a must-visit for anyone on a trip to Romania. As one of the biggest castles in Europe, visitors can spend hours here, wandering up and down the corridors and admiring the Gothic-Renaissance architecture.

The drive from Sibiu to Corvin Castle is about an hour and a half, and we recommend you to start early in the day and pair that with the meticulous Alba-Carolina Citadel in Alba Iulia. That way you will have enough time to explore the significance that has earned the castle’s title as one of the Seven Wonders of Romania, as well as take enough photos at one of the most beautiful places in Romania.

After spending a few hours in Hunedoara seeing the Corvin Castle, head to the small city of Alba Iulia. Grab yourself a traditional Romanian lunch and then head off to the Citadel Alba-Carolina, the biggest medieval citadel in Romania.


The star-shaped fortress was built in the early 18th century by Prince Eugene of Savoy to fortify defenses of the newly conquered provinces of the Habsburg Empire. 

Nowadays, the restored citadel has become a top attraction in Romania. Its new QR code functions at every point of interest inside the citadel, ensuring that every visitor leaves with a newfound knowledge of this historical place. 

The Citadel Alba-Carolina is a huge fortress, and you can spend ages in there. Though the citadel itself is free to enter, there are museums inside that require an entrance fee. Visitors can also rent a bike to explore the citadel, as the length of the outer walls measures up to approximately 12 kilometers! Many bars, restaurants, gardens, and fountains are scattered throughout the citadel, making it feel like a city inside a city!


4. Sighisoara

Sighisoara is known for its preserved walled Old Town, a famous UNESCO Heritage Site. As one of the few remaining inhabited fortified towns in Europe, a visit to Sighisoara is like stepping in a time machine.

To understand the importance of Sighisoara, we must understand a bit of its history. The Old Town of Sighisoara was built in the 12th century, when the Saxons were invited by the Hungarian King to fortify its boundaries in Transylvania. 

Eventually, Sighisoara became an artisan hub and a popular trading post, attracting many craftsmen to come and settle there. The new craftsmen created as many as 15 craft guilds, and each guild was responsible for creating its own fortification to protect their riches.

Sighisoara was handed to Romania after World War I and is one of the few fortified towns that are still inhabited.

Here almost everything has been preserved in time, and a stroll down its colorful cobble-stone streets is a delight, as colorful houses line up on both sides. You will notice the numerous guild towers that were built for fortification by each craft guild, some of which are still standing today. 

The must-visit place in Sighisoara is the 13th century built Clock Tower (Turnul cu Ceas), a 64-meter high tower that served as the main tower in the fortification. Nowadays, it is a museum and the most recognized landmark in Sighisoara. Stunning views of the Mures County can be seen on the open-air balcony at the top of the tower!


5. Transfagarasan Road (Transfăgărășan), The Most Beautiful Road In The World

If you have rented a car in Romania, chances are, you already know about the Transfagarasan Road or Transfagarasan Highway. Made famous by the TV show Top Gear, the Transfagarasan Highway is considered the most beautiful road in the world! No Romania road trip would be complete without driving on this well-paved road that crosses the southern parts of the famed Carpathian Mountains.

Is it safe to drive the Transfagarasan Road? Yes, it is! Though there are some sharp turns, the road is well-paved and easy to drive on.


If you are coming from Sibiu, you want to arrive at the Balea Lake on the Transfagarasan Road (also known as DN7C). The glacial lake sits at the base of the surrounding alpine giants, offering views that belong on the front cover of a travel magazine. Here you will also find many “street” vendors selling various local crafts and food, as well as restaurants and accommodations, including the famous ice hotel.

The Balea Lake also offers the best views of curvy roads of the Transfagaran Highway, so there is really no reason to not come here! If you think driving it is insane, seeing the Transfagarason Road in its entirety will mesmerize you.

On the way to the Balea Lake, you have the chance to stop by and hike to the Balea Waterfall. At over 60 meters tall, the Balea Waterfall is the tallest stepping waterfall in Romania, and a short 45-minute hike away!

Because the Transfagarason Road is located between Sibiu and Brasov (our next destination), we recommend you to visit the Transfagarason on the day you are planning to depart for Brasov.


Where To Stay In Sibiu, Romania

Best Hostel in Sibiu – B13 Hostel

If you are looking for an affordable hostel located in the historic center of Sibiu, B13 Hostel is the one for you. Featuring comfortable beds and clean spaces, B13 Hostel will give you the sleep you need after a long day on the road. They also feature a big common area, which would’ve been perfect for socializing had there been more people staying when we visited. 

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Best Hotel in Sibiu – Rabbit Hole

Located in the Big Square of Sibiu, the location of the Rabbit Hole hotel just cannot get better. When you are not exploring the city, guests can enjoy views of the Big Square from their stylishly decorated rooms or grab some food at their on-site restaurant. Though breakfast is not included in the price, guests can pay a little extra for one of the best breakfasts in town!

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Brasov, One Of The Medieval Walled Citadels (4 to 5 Days)


Other than Bucharest, Brasov is probably the most well-known and popular place to visit in Romania. Featuring medieval Saxon fortifications, mysterious gothic-style churches, and nostalgic cobble-stone streets, Brasov is one of the most stunning places in Romania.

Similar to Sibiu, Brasov was one of the seven Saxon walled citadels to protect the Hungarian empire. As a result, you will find many similarities in the architecture and types of buildings. However, the Carpathian Mountains loom over the southern parts of Brasov, and the historic streets now look so much more tasteful with the jagged mountains in the background.

We recommend you to spend 4 to 5 days in Brasov, exploring the city and learning about its history, hiking in the nearby region, and visiting some of the nearby castles such as the Bran Castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula and Peles Castle.

Things To Do In Brasov, Romania

There is a multitude of attractions in Brasov, but here are the things you must do!

1. FREE Walking Tour Brasov

As a medieval city with centuries of history, uncovering the depths of the information is a difficult task without the help of a professional tour guide. Luckily for you, Brasov has many FREE walking tours that will help you learn about the gorgeous city and its significance.

I personally have taken the Brasov free walking tour with Walkabout Free Tour. Their local guides gave us detailed information about the landmarks in Brasov such as the Black Church, Catherine’s Gate, and the Strada Sforii, the narrowest street in Europe.

Tours are completely free-of-charge. Voluntary tips are collected at the end and that is how the tour guides make their money. If you don’t think the tour was worth it, you don’t have to pay (that much).


2. Hike Or Take A Cable Car Up Mount Tampa

At close to 400 meters above the city, the summit of Mount Tampa offers unparalleled views of Brasov from above. Here the vibrant orange hues of the buildings contrast with the monotonous mountains and trees, bringing the city to life.

Not only is the Tampa Mountain a great vantage point, but it is also the home of the giant sign that says “Brasov”. Anyone that has been to Los Angeles will find the sign quite similar to the Hollywood sign.

There are two ways to reach the top of Mount Tampa, hiking or taking the cable car.

The cable car runs from 9:30 AM to 4 PM and costs 16 Romanian lei for a round trip. If you want to watch the sunset from the mountain, this option might be a little more difficult.

If you decide to hike up to Mount Tampa from Brasov, you are in for a treat. The well-marked trail takes about 1 hour to the top and passes through some lush landscapes. It is a great way to move your legs after sitting in a car for so long!


3. Day Trip To Bran Castle And Rasnov Fortress

The biggest attraction in Romania has to be the famous Bran Castle, allegedly the birthplace of the legends of Dracula, Bram Stoker’s famous novel. Considered as the national monument and landmark in Romania, the Bran Castle is also known as Dracula’s Castle in other parts of the world.

When Bram Stoker was writing Dracula, it is said that he took inspiration from Vlad III (also known as Vlad Dracula), one of the best rulers of the Wallachia region of Romania. Vlad III had a reputation for cruelty and would often impale his enemies. There are rumors that he would drink the blood of his enemies when they bleed out.

However, the truth is that Bram Stoker has never been to Romania, let alone Bran Castle. Vlad III himself was never the ruler of Bran Castle, nor was he born there. (He was born in Sighisoara.)

Just how did the legend of Dracula come about? Visitors can find more about that in Bran Castle, which has now become mostly a museum for the art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. At the top floor of the castle features an exhibit that will explain everything about the legends of Dracula!

The trip from Brasov to Bran Castle is 30 minutes by car. Since it is located in the small village of Bran, you can easily find parking on the side of the road. Don’t pay for parking!


On the way back from Bran Castle, stop by the Rasnov Fortress. The fortress was originally built for defending the nearby the Transylvanian villages, and its former glory can still be seen. Because of its strategic location, Rasnov Fortress often provided refuge for long periods of time. As a result, many houses were built inside the citadel, including a chapel and a school.

The remains of the Rasnov Fortress can still be seen today, and the watchtower at the entrance of the citadel is one of the best places to see it in its entirety!

NOTE: As of February 2020, Rasnov Fortress is closed for renovation. The anticipated duration of renovation is 3 years.


4. Hiking the Piatra Craiului Mountains or Seven Ladders Canyon

If you are a hiking enthusiast and the hike up Mount Tampa only got you warmed up, head over to the Piatra Craiului Mountains for more hiking trails! Though there are many routes to choose from, the one we did was an easy level 4-hour Zarnestia Gorge hike.

The trail guides you through the bottom of the gorge and offers a serene and placid atmosphere, perfect for anyone traveling in Romania with kids or family. 

If you want a more difficult hike, there are plenty to choose from the Piatra Craiului mountain range. Alternatively, you can visit the famous Seven Ladders Canyon hike, a hike that requires you to climb up a metal ladder. In return, you can see 7 stunning waterfalls! Though it sounds difficult, the trail is quite easy and safe.


5. Peles Castle, The Most Beautiful Castle in Romania

Though Bran Castle is the most famous castle in Romania, it is by far not the most beautiful.

In the Sinaia region of Romania is a Neo-Renaissance castle called Peles Castle, and it is considered one of the most beautiful castles in the world!

Built by King Carol I, Peles Castle took a total of 10 years to construct. By the end, the palace had more than 170 ornate rooms, including a concert hall and a movie theater. Architecturally, a blend of Neo-Renaissance, Gothic Revival, and Saxon influence can be seen. The interior decor is mostly Baroque influenced, featuring carved wood and eloquent fabrics.


Everything in the rooms is lavishly designed and furnished, and it is so meticulous that visitors have to put on plastic shoe covers to enter. The only way to enter the castle is with one of their daily guided tours.

When purchasing your ticket, you have to decide whether you are interested in seeing both floors of the palace or just the lower floor. A tour to only the lower floor costs 30 lei, while a tour to both costs 60 lei. Photography (even with your phone) is an additional 30 lei (Yes, they are strict)!

We did the tour of the lower floor and were impressed by the extravagant palace. It is no wonder why many people refer to the Peles Castle as a fairytale castle. The Peles Castle is a must on any Romania itinerary!


Where To Stay In Brasov, Romania

Best Hostel In Brasov – JugendStube Hostel

If you are looking for a no-frills hostel with decent free breakfast, spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and a nice common area to socialize with other travelers, then JugendStube Hostel is perfect for you. The staff at the reception is friendly and will answer any questions you have about Brasov.

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Best Hotel In Brasov – Safrano Palace

Safrano Palace is a hotel in Brasov that offers luxury at an affordable price. The rooms are spacious, clean, and offer some of the most comfortable beds. The reception is always there to assist you with anything. The free breakfast is diverse and delicious, the perfect way to start your day in Brasov! 

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Bucharest, The Capital of Romania (2 Days)


Alas, you have arrived at your final destination – Bucharest, the capital of Romania.

The metropolitan city of Bucharest is the center of culture, education, and finance in Romania. Nicknamed “Paris of the East”, the elegant architecture of the historic center will certainly make you fall in love if the delicious Romanian cuisine hasn’t.

When you are not strolling down Bucharest historical streets or enjoying the charming parks, visit some of the city’s hidden historic churches. With its deeply Eastern Orthodox religion, many churches here are stunning architecturally with lavish interior designs.

Once you have arrived in Bucharest, there is really no need for a car. Most of the attractions in Bucharest are concentrated in the historic center. If not, then they are accessible by the convenient public transportation system.

In fact, we recommend you to get rid of the car as soon as possible after arriving in Bucharest, as traffic and the lack of parking can be a real issue.

Two days is the optimal amount of time in Bucharest. Outside of the historic center, there really isn’t much to do. Most people tend to take day trips from Bucharest, visiting places such as Bran Castle and Brasov, but we have been to those places already.

Things To Do in Bucharest, Romania

Here are our recommended things to do in Bucharest, Romania.

1. FREE Walking Tour Bucharest

Yes, this is the third time we have talked about the free walking tours in Romania and it will be the last time! These free walking tours are just so great when you are trying to discover a new city on your own, especially one as big and rich in history as Bucharest.

The free walking tour company we recommend is still Walkabout Free Tours. We’ve had nothing but delight with their professional and humorous tour guides!

Find out more information here!


2. Palace of Parliament

The Palace of Parliament, or Palatul Parlamentului in Romanian, is the most famous building in Romania. Weighing about 4 billion kilograms or 9 billion pounds, the Palace of Parliament is the heaviest building in the world.

Well, that is not surprising considering that this administrative building is 84 meters (276 ft) tall and has a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft) in a total of more than 1100 rooms combined. It is the second biggest building in the world, after the Pentagon in the United States.

Built in the late 20th century by the communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, the Palace of Parliament was a display of Romania’s grandeur at the time. However, behind the facade of splendor, many Romanians were suffering from hunger and malnourishment.

The street that leads up to the Palace of Parliament (Bulevardul Unirii) was filled with buildings with elegantly designed front facades. However, if you visit the back of such buildings, you will notice many of them are dilapidated.

Guided tours of the Palace of Parliament occurs daily almost every hour. However, you must make a reservation by phone before. Because of its popularity, we recommend you book a few days before your desired date of tour.


3. Visit the Orthodox Churches and Monasteries

Bucharest is the home of many Orthodox churches and monasteries, and none are as famous and gorgeous as the Stavropoleos Monastery and New St. George Church.

Stavropoleos Monastery is a small Eastern Orthodox monastery built in 1724 in the charming Old Town of Bucharest for nuns. Boasting an elegantly-designed exterior of Brâncovenesc style, the monastery is one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest.

Though the space is tiny, the interior is visually stunning with tasteful paintings and enchanting ceilings, and visitors can spend a good amount of time here admiring the ornate features. The entrance is free for the Stavropoleos Monastery, but a donation is always appreciated.

Known for its amazing paintings and artworks inside, the New St. George Church is another one of Bucharest’s churches worth visiting. The outside of the church features a statue of Constantin Brancoveanu, the ruler who was executed by the Ottomans when he refused to renounce his faith.

He became a saint of this Eastern Orthodox church and his remains can be found on display inside this church, the biggest church built during his reign.


4. Dine at Caru’ cu bere, The Oldest Resaturant in Bucharest

Dining at Caru’ cu bere is a quintessential experience in Bucharest. Translating to the “Beer Wagon”, Caru’ cu bere is the oldest restaurant and brewery in Bucharest, and one of the best places for traditional Romanian cuisine.

Situated in an old historical building, stepping inside feels like you are stepping into a museum. With colorful ceilings, old wooden furniture, and stained glass windows, the atmosphere is warm and cheerful.

Now usually, a place like this is a tourist trap, selling you subpar food at a high price. Caru’ cu bere is the opposite.

Not only is the food delicious, traditional, and reasonably priced, the waiters are polite and ensures you have a good experience. If you ask any local Romanians for a restaurant recommendation, it is likely they will suggest Caru’ cu bere.

When dining at Caru’ cu bere, you cannot miss the signature roasted pork knuckle. Pair that with the traditional polenta soup, a dish made from boiled cornmeal! 


5. Visit the Cărturești Carusel (Caraousel of Light) Bookstore

Inside the historical buildings of Old Town Bucharest is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, the Cărturești Carusel. Visiting bookstores is one of our favorite things to do when traveling because it just tells us so much about the country, and Cărturești Carusel is no exception.

The exterior of the bookstore isn’t exactly spectacular, but upon entering, you are transported to a cathedral for books. The elegant interior design, the geometrical layout, everything is just gorgeous. If you are looking for an Instagrammable spot in Bucharest, Cărturești Carusel is the place to go. 


Where To Stay in Bucharest, Romania

Best Hostel in Bucharest – Podstel Bucharest

Hostels in Bucharest are abundant, and choosing the perfect one cannot be more difficult. We highly recommend Podstel Bucharest. As a hostel run by travelers, it is designed perfectly to meet the needs of travelers. Featuring daily activities and communal dinner, Podstel Bucharest is a social hostel perfect for meeting other travelers!

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Best Hotel in Bucharest – Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel

Featuring a snazzy decor and comfortable rooms, the Concorde Old Bucharest Hotel is one of the best value-for-money hotels in Bucharest. Each big and spacious room comes with its own balcony, perfect for anyone that wants to bathe in the sun or just admire at the views of Old Town Bucharest, where the hotel is conveniently located. The free breakfast buffet is a plus!

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Additional Places To Visit On Your Romanian Road Trip

If you have followed our Romania itinerary to the T, you will have yourself the perfect 2 weeks in Romania road trip. However, if you can allocate more time for your trip to Romania, there are plenty more amazing places to be discovered.

Below we will talk about some of our favorite places in Romania that you could add to your visit to Romania!

1. Constanta, The Romania Beach Town Next To The Black Sea

Constanta might be the only beautiful beach town in Romania, but it certainly does impress. Bordering the Black Sea, the beaches in Constanta are stunning. In the summer, you can expect locals and travelers from all over the world in this small city with over 2000 years of history.

If the weather permits, we would recommend visiting Constanta from Bucharest, potentially as a day trip or for a weekend.  The drive is a little more than two hours to get from Bucharest to Constanta. 


2. Timisoara, European Capital of Culture for 2021

Because of its location, Timisoara is one of the places in Romania that is not often visited by tourists. However, that will change in 2021, when Timisoara earns the title of the European Capital of Culture.

As the third-largest city in Romania, Timisoara has its own small-town lively vibe. The interesting history and the charming architecture of Timisoara make it an exciting place to visit for any type of traveler.

Timisoara is located in Western Romania, and it is a 3-hour drive from Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca.


3. Maramures County

Maramures county is considered the most traditional region in Romania. Home to many villages where century-old traditions are preserved, a visit to the Maramures county is like stepping back in time. Many women still wear their traditional dresses, living in their farmhouses, and go to wooden churches. 

The natural landscape in this region is incredible, as miles of greenery stretches beyond the horizon. I would highly recommend adding the Maramures region to your Romania trip!


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19 BEST Peru Hikes and Treks That Will Leave You Breathless!

19 BEST Peru Hikes and Treks That Will Leave You Breathless!

Home of the impressive Andes Mountain Range, mysterious Amazon Rainforest, and complex archeological sites, Peru’s geological diversity makes it one of the best places for hiking in the world.

With so much to explore, it can be overwhelming for anyone planning any type of hiking or trekking in Peru. Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon – the list goes on and on. 

Our hiking guide features 19 of the best Peru hikes and treks, as well as all the information you need to do them. Finally, we finish off with safety information and a packing list to help you prepare for your hiking trips in Peru.


Best Day Hikes In Peru

1. Gocta Waterfalls (Catarata de Gocta): One of The Tallest Waterfalls In The World

Duration: ~4 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Highest Elevation: ~2000 m

Nestled in the lush jungle of the Amazonas region of Peru is the almighty Gocta Waterfall (Catarata de Gocta), the third to the sixteenth tallest waterfall in the world. (Depending on how it is measured)

Many travelers aren’t aware of such beauty because this attraction is located in Chachapoyas, a small city in the seldom-visited Northern part of Peru. Along with Kuelap, also known as the Machu Picchu of the North, they make up the top things to do in Chachapoyas.

Visiting this amazing waterfall is no difficult feat, as there are many travel agencies offering day tours from Chachapoyas. If you are traveling in Peru on a budget and would like to DIY, you can take public transportation from the city as well.

There are a total of three hikes for Gocta Waterfall, that is because you can either reach the lower falls, middle falls, or upper falls. The most popular option is the hike to the lower falls of the Gocta waterfalls. The 4-hour out-and-back trail that starts at the small village of Cocachimba, and reaching as far out as the bottom of the 771-meter waterfall.

The hike is not too treacherous, but due to the location of the waterfall in the Amonzas, the weather can be unpredictable and rain is always around the corner. Always bring waterproof gear and don’t even consider going in for a swim. It is dangerous due to flash floods (first-hand experience)!

The mist created from the 771-meter giant will be enough to give you a proper shower!


2. Laguna Wilcacocha (Wilcacocha Lake), The Beautiful Hike For Altitude Acclimation

Duration: ~3 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Easy

Highest Elevation: 3680 m

As the home of the Andes mountain range, Peru has some incredible hikes and treks. However, many of them are situated high above sea level, and proper altitude acclimation is required.

The Laguna Wilcacocha is the perfect day hike in Peru to acclimatize to the potentially-dangerous altitude, especially for anyone that wants to do any hiking or trekking in Huaraz, the hiking capital of Peru.

To hike to Wilcachocha Lake, you would want to base yourself in Huaraz. Many travel agencies offer a tour to the lake, but honestly that is just a waste of money. Public transportation can easily take to the start of the trailhead for less than a few USD.

Though the trail is rather easy, do understand that it is an altitude of 3680 meters, an elevation that could easily cause altitude sickness. Though we consider this hike suitable for acclimatization, it still has the potential to cause you altitude sickness.

Being a relatively easy hike, the views are spectacular. the serene lake offers the perfect foreground for the stunning snow-capped mountains in the distance. Make sure you pick a day with no clods or you might not see anything!

Photo Credit: WikiCommons


3. Laguna Humantay (Humantay Lake), The Perfect Day Hike From Cusco

Duration: 3 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Elevation: 4200 m

The stunning glacier Humantay Lake, or Laguna Humantay in Spanish, is one of the most popular hiking day trips from Cusco. Nestled in the snow-capped mountains of the Andes region, Humantay Lake and its surrounding landscapes belong on the cover of National Geographic magazine. 

The minerals from the rocks deposit into the lake water, giving it a surreal blue color that either looks like laundry detergent or photoshopped.

The hike to Humantay Lake starts at around 3800 meters above sea level. After a gradual incline for 1.5 hours, you arrive at 4200 meters, where the beautiful lake is situated. 

Daily day tours can be found in the numerous travel agencies in Cusco. Most of them are around 80 Peruvian Soles ($25 USD) and will include transportation, lunch, and a guide to lead the way (You really don’t need one). 

There are advantages of taking one of the arranged tours from Cusco but a huge disadvantage is the crowd that will be there. If there is one thing we learned from visiting Machu Picchu, it is how much a relentless crowd can ruin natural beauty.

Alternatively, you can hire a taxi from Cusco for around 75 USD a day. It is three times as much as a tour but if you are traveling with other people, not only can it be more affordable but also give you a better experience!


4. Pastoruri Glacier, A Fleeting Glacier in the Cordillera Blanca

Duration: 2 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Highest Elevation: ~5000 m

The Peruvian Andes are the home of 70 percent of the world’s tropical glacier, and no Peru itinerary is complete without a visit to at least one of them!

The one we highly recommend you to visit is Glacier Pastoruri.

By definition, the Pastoruri Glacier can no longer be considered a glacier because it no longer builds up ice in the winter. It is just a huge block of ice with fleeting memories of its once glory. Visitors used to be able to step foot on the glacier itself, but conversationist has restricted that to extend its goodbyes. 

Make sure you see this before this place is no longer one of the top things to do in Peru.

Though at an altitude of 5,000 meters, the Glacier Pastoruri hike cannot be considered difficult. The hiking trail is well paved and you only ascend about 150 meters or so. If you have been doing a lot of hiking in Peru, you can reach the Pastoruri Glacier from the trailhead in around 30 minutes.

To visit the Pastoruri Glacier, you have to base yourself out of Huaraz, the hiking hub of Peru. Here you will find many agencies offering day trips to the Pastoruri Glacier. Visiting the Pastoruri Glacier independently is not recommended because of how inaccessible the location is.


5. Laguna Paron (Paron Lake)

Duration: 2 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Highest Elevation: 4200 m

As the biggest lake inside the Huascaran National Park, Laguna Paron (Lake Paron) is one of the must-visit places in Peru. Featuring beautiful blue glaciated water surrounding by dramatic snow-capped giants, Laguna Park offers a hypnotizing landscape unlike anywhere else in Peru.

While most of the prized views appear at the end of a treacherous hike, the trailhead of the Laguna Paron hike starts on the shore of the glacial lake, offering incredible views of the surroundings already.

Visitors can then hike up to the nearby mirador (viewpoint) along a clearly marked trail but with numerous boulders near the end. It is at the mirador that hikers can see the famous Artesonraju mountain, the same mountain illustrated in the logo of Paramount Pictures, a famous film company.

The hike to the viewpoint is only about 45 minutes to an hour and should be fairly easy for hikers of any level of experience. It is at 4,200 meters above sea level, so some degree of acclimation is required.

The Laguna Paron hike can be done independently, though we recommend a tour because they are safer, easier, and affordable. You can easily find many travel agencies offering tours in the streets of Huaraz, just don’t forget to haggle! 

If you want to secure one of the best Huaraz hikes, the Laguna Paron hike, beforehand, click here!


6. Laguna 69, The Most Beautiful Day Hike In Huaraz

Duration: 6 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Highest Elevation: 4600 m

If there is a one-day hike you have to do in Peru, it has to be the Laguna 69 hike (Lake 69) in Huaraz. It is a beautiful and challenging hike, high in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. The trail begins at 3900m above sea level and reaches a breath-taking 4600m.

Before attempting to hike to Laguna 69, make sure that you are fully acclimatized to the altitude, otherwise, you probably won’t be able to make it to the lake.

Those who make it to Laguna 69 will be rewarded with beautiful turquoise waters that flow into the lake from the mountain glaciers. It makes for a refreshing (and cold!) swim if you fancy a dip or sit back and enjoy the view before heading back along the same trail. The whole hike takes around 5-6 hours.

It is possible to hike to Laguna 69 independently, but the lack of reliable public transport makes it much easier to join a group tour from Huaraz, which costs around 45 Peruvian Soles per person. Each person would then have to pay an additional 30 soles at the entrance of the Huascaran National Park.

Your driver picks you up at around 5 AM at your accommodation before driving for around 3 hours to reach the beginning of the trail, passing through the UNESCO listed Huascaran National Park where you may spot some vicuña, a rarer relative of the llama.

If you wish to secure one of the best hikes in Peru, Laguna 69, beforehand, click here!

Laguna-69 Huaraz

7. Marcahuasi

Duration: 6 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Moderately Hard

Highest Elevation: 4000 m

Though it is not known for hiking or trekking in Lima, there is one hike that is worthing the effort: the pre-Inca site Marcahuasi.

The hike to Marcahuasi is one of the lesser-known hikes in Peru (definitely not nearly as known as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu), and that’s one of the things that make it special. Located at about 100 km from the capital Lima, Marcahuasi is the kind of place that not even Peruvians usually know about.

The origins of the place are unknown – to date, there is still no certainty if this is a man-made site or a natural one that was formed through erosion. Locals believe the site has cosmic energy.

Though the trail is very easy to follow and to walk, the fact that the hike starts at 3200 meters above sea level and that you gain a further 800 meters during the walk makes it incredibly hard.

You will start walking in San Pedro de Casta, and it will take you around 3 hours to reach the main site. Make sure to carry enough water and food for the day, as there is absolutely nothing and nobody (save for a few farmers near the village) along the way. Start hiking as soon as the sun rises, and plan to be back by 2:00 pm at the latest as that’s when it starts raining, pretty much any day.

In order to reach San Pedro de Casta, you need to take the colectivos (public transport vans ) to Chosica stop. Once in Chosica, get a bus to San Pedro de Casta. The overall drive will take you more than 5 hours even if it is less than 100 km. The views along the way are stunning, but the road isn’t exactly in good conditions hence the bus moves really slowly.

Alternatively, you can try to find a tour in Lima. Given its lack of popularity, you might have to get lucky!

Though it is possible to accomplish the hike in one day, you should factor in at least one night in San Pedro de Casta due to the unreliable public transportation. The village is tiny – no more than 300 people live there.

You will have to register your name at the office right in front of the bus stop – don’t worry about finding it: the lady that works at the office will find you as soon as she sees an unknown face getting off the bus!

You can sleep at the Hospedaje Municipal, which is very basic (no hot water, very cold rooms) and eat in one of the two comedores (local eateries) which prepare a few basic but genuine Peruvian dishes.

If you wish to camp in Marcahuasi, there is a section named the “Amphitheater” that is popular for camping. Camping is also another popular option, but you must be well-equipped (especially for the cold) and experienced!

Don’t worry if hiking is not what you planned to do in Lima, there are many delicious and cheap seafood restaurants and plenty of other things to do in Lima!


8. Huayna Picchu, One of The Most Dangerous Peru Hikes

Duration: 2 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Elevation: 2693 m

Many travelers visit Machu Picchu and not realize that there are many hikes you can do inside Machu Picchu. Yes, I am not talking about the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu itself, but the mountains inside.

Huyana Picchu is one of the hikeable mountains in the Machu Picchu citadel. It’s also known as “Wayna Picchu,’” or young mountain in the indigenous language Quechua.

The Huayna Picchu hike is a popular option for both those who are visiting Machu Picchu for the day and also the multi-day trekkers. At an altitude of 8,835 feet (2,693 meters), the summit gives you a spectacular view of the Machu Picchu citadel.

Due to conservation efforts, only 400 people can hike Huayna Picchu per day and reservations book up quickly. You’ll want to get a permit to hike in advance and you can do so on the official Machu Picchu government website. A guide is not needed for this hike and it can be completed in about two hours.

It’s a short hike but you’ll have an elevation gain of more than 1,000 feet. The hike is mostly a series of steep steps so being acclimated to the altitude is preferred.

The iconic hike ends at the summit of the peak, a staggering 1,180 feet (360 meters) above the lost city of Machu Picchu. With dramatic drop-offs and steep steps along the trail, you’ll want to not only be physically prepared but mentally as well.

If the weather is just right you’ll have a view to remember and bragging rights that you did not only one of the most dangerous hikes in Peru, but also one of the most dangerous hikes in the world.


9. Rainbow Mountain

Duration: 3 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Elevation: 5200 m

Rainbow Mountain is one of the best day hikes in Peru. Also known as the Vinicunca or La Montaña de Siete Colores (Mountain of Seven Colors), Rainbow Mountain was only discovered in 2015 but has become very popular since then due to the mountain’s unique colors.

While it is possible to do the hike on your own, it’s very difficult to reach the trailhead unless you have your own car. Therefore, most people opt to join a tour from Cusco which includes transportation and a guide.

The hike itself is relatively short at 7km round-trip, but what makes it difficult is the altitude. The trail starts at just under 5,000m and goes up to 5,200m. Starting at this kind of elevation makes it much more difficult to breathe, so it’s important to take your time going up.

It takes about two hours to get to the top. If you aren’t up for hiking, there is also an option to take a horse up rainbow mountain.

Despite its physically demanding nature, the hike’s breathtaking views will keep anyone motivated to the summit. The trail passes along snow-capped mountains, fields of llamas, and colorful valleys. Rainbow Mountain itself is not visible until the very end of the hike but upon reaching it, you will be rewarded with an explosion of colors.

When selecting a tour in Cusco for the Rainbow Mountain, pick one that includes extra time to explore the literally adjacent Red Valley, or Valle Rojo in Spanish. A short 30-minute hike from Rainbow Mountain is one of the best hidden gems in Peru, a place that is more stunning than the Rainbow Mountain!

It is recommended to visit the Rainbow Mountain in the dry season between May and September. In the rainy season, you might encounter snow and rainfall that will make the hiking path much more treacherous.

Though if you are an avid photographer, the rare sight of the Rainbow Mountain partially covered by snow is very picturesque.


10. Machu Picchu Mountain

Duration: 3.5 hours out-and-back

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Elevation: 3082 m

By: Susan of Thrifty After 50

Visitors to the historic site of Machu Picchu have a choice of two hikes; Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. Machu Picchu Mountain, also known as Montana Machu Picchu, is the easier and safer of the two climbs.

It can be easily done without a guide and is suitable for all ages, the mountain is 3082m above sea level making it physically challenging if you are not used to hiking at altitude.

The hike is primarily stone steps the entire way up the mountain with a few narrow sections of the pathway that might challenge someone with a severe fear of heights.

You should allow three to four hours for the return hike as well as plenty of time on top of the mountain to enjoy the amazing 360-degree views. The view from the top makes it the perfect place for a picnic lunch.

If it is a beautiful sunny day then the climbing Machu Picchu mountain is well worth the pain of all those stairs, but you may wish to reconsider if it is cloudy as the best part about the hike is those stunning views from the top.

Tickets to both the hiking trails are purchased online and also include your entry to the Inca City. The tickets to both Huayna Picchu (400 per day) and Machu Picchu Mountain (800 per day) sell out fast and should be purchased well in advance.

On the day of your visit, make sure you carry your passport as security guards will check that the name on your ticket matches the name on your passport. You should also carry plenty of water and dress for a wide range of weather conditions.


Best Multi-Day Treks In Peru

1. Choquequirao

Duration: 5 days 

Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Highest Elevation: 3050 m

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu might be the country’s most famous hike, but for those in the know, there’s another incredible trek that should be added to your list of must-visit places in Peru.

Meaning Cradle of Gold in the original Quechua, Choquequirao is an archaeological site located in the Vilcabamba mountain range close to Machu Picchu.

The trek to reach Choquequirao is a challenging two days, with over 13 kilometers of steep ascent through the Apurimac Canyon – comprising a series of switchbacks and false summits and a maximum elevation of 3,050 meters above sea level – across the 32-kilometer trail.

After a brutal climb to reach the site – which sits on a flattened hilltop at 2,950 meters above sea level – you can spend a day exploring the agricultural terraces and temples of Choquequirao that have been excavated from the encroaching jungle. The best bit? There are hardly any visitors each day, meaning you might well experience it alone.

From here, you can continue on to Machu Picchu (a further five days’ trekking and an additional 78 kilometers that is only for the brave and the acclimatized) or return the way you came, taking the total hiking distance to 64 kilometers. It’s possible without a guide, although you might want the hiking experience and someone to bring all camping equipment.

The most popular trekking duration is 5 days: 2 days of getting there, one full day for exploring Choquequirao, and 2 days to return back.


2. Inca Trail, The Most Famous Peru Trek

Duration: 4 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Elevation: 4215 m (Dead Woman’s Pass)

The Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu is not only considered one of the best treks in Peru, but one of the best treks in the world. Though there are many other hikes and treks to Machu Picchu, the famous 4-day Inca Trail provides you with a cultural experience unlike any other.

Trekkers hike through the Sacred Valley of Peru using the same paths that used to connect the Inca settlements. Nowadays, most of these settlements are abandoned, and you are left with historic ruins that your tour guide will elaborate on.

The Inca Trail is unlike other treks to Machu Picchu where you arrive at the Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu. On the last day of your Inca Trail, you arrive through the sun gate, the exact way the Incans used to take! You don’t even go through the entrance to buy the tickets; you arrive inside Machu Picchu from the mountains!

This once in a lifetime experience is definitely a must-do in Peru, and it is not surprising how early in advance you have to reserve this tour. Because the trail only allows 500 people per day and 300 of them are porters and guides, the classic Inca Trail books out far in advance.

We recommend booking at least 6 months in advance. While there are many online travel agencies, only a tourism agency authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru can take you on the Inca Trail.

The Inca trail is a high-elevation hike, so it’s a good idea to spend a few days before in Cusco so your body can acclimatize to the altitude. The highest point on the hike is on day 2, where you go over a section of the trail known as Dead Woman’s Pass at a height of 4,215 meters above sea level.


3. Colca Canyon, One of The Deepest Canyons in the World

Duration: 1, 2, or 3 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Elevation: ~3,300 m

One of the most stunning Peru treks actually lies 376 kilometers away from Machu Picchu in a unique city called Arequipa. Known as the “White City” due to the construction material, Arequipa is home to the impressive Colca Canyon trek.

While most travelers know the fantastic trekking in Cusco, only a handful might know of Colca Canyon. Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the entire world! And if you think the Grand Canyon in the United States would be No.1, the Colca Canyon is actually twice the depth of the Grand Canyon.

Though trekking Colca Canyon is doable without a tour, we hardly recommend choosing one of the treks offered. In the travel agencies in Arequipa, you will find tours for the 1-day Colca Canyon trek (which involves close to no hiking), the 2-day Colca Canyon trek (which we recommend), and the 3-day Colca Canyon trek (which is a prolonged version of the 2-day tour).

On the 2 or 3-day tour, you start the tour at Mirador Cruz del Condores, a viewpoint to observe the majestic condors. Locals believe that condors are spiritual creatures and represent Hanan Pacha, or the heavenly world.

After the viewpoint, you are transferred to Cabanconde, a small village where your hike will start.

The unique thing about the Colca Canyon trek is that Cabanaconde, the starting point of your hike, is actually the highest altitude you will reach at ~3300 meters. That is because you will spend your first day or two descending into the canyon, staying in the beautiful Sangalle Oasis, and ascending back to Cabanaconde on the last day.

Though many consider the Colca Canyon a difficult trek because you have to ascend more than 1100 meters on the last day, the relatively low elevation makes the trek a moderate difficulty.

Reserve your Colca Canyon trek beforehand here!


4. Lares Trek To Machu Picchu

Duration: 2 to 5 days, depending on if you visit Machu Picchu

Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Highest Elevation: ~4,400 to 4,600 m, depending on the hiking route

One of the most beautiful things about the Lares region hikes is that they are very customizable. The shortest Lares hikes are 2 days, the longest 5 days. As a Lares region trek can take a variety of routes, you can cross a number of different passes of up to 4600m, though most are around 4400m.

The majority of the Lares Treks finish in Ollantaytambo, a town and archaeological site in the Sacred Valley where visitors can take the famous train to visit Machu Picchu.

What makes the Lares Trek in Peru so unique is not only the stunning landscapes, but also the different Quechua-speaking indigenous villages you encounter.

Until recently the Lares region of Peru was totally inaccessible by car. As a result, many typical villages remained living a traditional lifestyle high up in the mountains, largely unaffected by the world outside.

They still farm using Incan agricultural practice, amongst other fascinating facts. Their clothing remained the same and their agricultural practices handed down from the Incas. Trekking the Lares route was like stepping back in time.

This mountain region near Lares contains many paths taken by the locals as they go about their daily lives, such as the herding of llamas, using them for transport, and so on. If you are an experienced outdoors person and speak a decent level of Spanish, you should have no problems trekking through this region independently. Even though many women don’t speak Spanish, the majority of men do speak some and nearly all the children.

Lares can be trekked all year round, meaning it’s the perfect wet season trek should you visit the Cusco region from December through March. Tours can be arranged with the multitude of travel agencies in Cusco. Since it is an off-the-beaten-path Peru trek, you won’t need to reserve your spot beforehand!


5. Alkipo-Ishinca Trek

Duration: 3 days

Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Highest Elevation: ~5,000 m

By: Thea of ZenTravellers

Trekking in Huaraz Peru’s incredible Cordillera Blanca range is an unforgettable experience. There is a multitude of treks that are suitable for many skill sets and desire for adventure.

One great option for those looking to do a multi-day trek amid breathtaking scenery and sky-high glaciated peaks without the crowds found on the Santa Cruz trek is the 3-day Alkipo-Ishinca route.

Leaving from Huaraz, the first day of the trek climbs gradually on a trail that winds through a picturesque valley to a beautiful creekside campsite where the starry night skies are sure to impress.

On the second day, you’ll climb over a 5000m pass and walk along the stunning shores of Laguna Alkipo before arriving at Ishninca base camp where you’ll spend the night with views of the impressive Toccaraju glaciers. There you can take a shower and even have a drink in the refugio (camp) if you so desire.

With most of the hard work behind you, the trail meanders mostly downhill on the third day with views of the Sierra Negra range in front of you. For those seeking a trek in the Cordillera Blanca without the crowds of some of the more famous trails, Alkipo-Ishinca is a great option for trekking in the Huaraz region.


6. Santa Cruz Trek

Duration: 3 or 4 days

Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Highest Elevation: 4750 m (Punta Union)

The Inca Trail may get all the credit, but if you’re looking for one of the more adventurous treks in South America, look no further than the Santa Cruz Trek.

The Santa Cruz Trek is a 50km hike between La Vaquería and Cashapampa. Within Huascaran National Park, there are more than 400 lakes and jagged peaks climbing to 6768m. Over the course of four days, you’ll get to experience many of these brilliant lagoons and high passes along the trail.

The hike hits its max elevation of 4,750 meters at Punta Unión, making the Santa Cruz a relatively moderate acclimatization hike for the region. The hike can also be made easier depending on where you begin; the route starting from Cashapampa is the Classic Route, but if you get dropped off at La Vaquería and hike it in the opposite direction, your uphills will be easier.

Because its less known, the Santa Cruz trek is inexpensive whether you hike with or without a guide. Organized tours range from $150-$300, and can be easily found in Huaraz. while an independent trek can be organized for a bit less (though transport to the trailhead can be a tough logistic to navigate),  you will need to rent all the gear in town.

This is not an easy trek by any means and weather can be unpredictable at such high altitudes, we recommend going with an organized tour for safety reasons.


7. Salkantay Trek, The Perfect Alternative to the Inca Trail

Duration: 5 days

Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Highest Elevation: 4600 m (Salkantay Pass)

The 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the most popular Inca Trail alternative and it is not difficult to see why. Along the trek, hikers will see pastel blue glacial lakes surrounded by some of the tallest snow-capped mountains in Peru, as well as traversing through many local villages.

On the second to last day, trekkers can walk on the train tracks from Hidroelectrica to Machu Picchu town, or formally known as Aguas Calientes. Finally, on the last day, hikers rise up early to see Machu Picchu in all of its glory, the perfect reward to a tiresome 5-day trek.

Many people compare the Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail, but they are very different in my opinion. Salkantay Trail gives more stunning natural landscapes but the Inca Trail is more cultural and informative, as it passes through ancient Inca settlements.

The Salkantay Trek is also more demanding, perfect for avid hikers. Lastly, the Salkantay Trek is considerably cheaper than the Inca Trail and doesn’t require booking in advance.

Stroll along the cobblestoned streets of Cusco and you will undoubtedly stumble upon many travel agencies offering the Salkantay Trek tour. Scout around and try to find the best deal and don’t forget to negotiate.

I would highly recommend getting acclimatized in Cusco before attempting the Salkantay Trek, as the highest elevation on the hiking trail is 4600 meters.


8. Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit Trek, The Most Challenging And Beautiful Trek In Peru

Duration: 4 to 12 days

Difficulty: Very Difficult

Highest Elevation: 5000 m

If you are an experienced hiker looking for the ultimate trek in Peru, the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit Trek is perfect for you. The Huayhuash Trek has been considered one of the most beautiful treks not only in Peru or South America, but the entire world. It is the dream of many hikers in the world to complete this trek!

The Classic Huayhuash Trek is a 12-day trek that takes you up to enormous ice-capped peaks, down the surreal cascading rivers, and around the breathtaking turquoise glacial lakes. 

On the trek, you will see many famous mountains in Peru, such as the Yerupajá, the second-highest mountain at 6635 m. You will also see Siula Grande, a 6344-tall mountain made famous by the book and movie, “Touching the Void.” If you have seen that movie, you will know how stunning those mountains are!

Most of the trek involves hiking in altitude more than 4000 meters and some passes are more than 5000 meters, so proper acclimatization is needed. Though it is possible to trek the Huayhash Trek independently, we highly advise against it, as hiking in such difficult conditions can be quite dangerous. 

If you want a piece of the Huayhuash experience, there are easier treks with a duration of 4 days. If I were to decide for you, I would say go big or go home!

Tours can be found in the many travel agencies scattered throughout Huaraz. 

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

9. Ausungate Trek

Duration: 5 days

Difficulty: Difficult

Highest Elevation: 5161 meters (Palomani Pass)

If you enjoy tough hikes and jaw-dropping scenery with a fraction of the tourists on the Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek, then the Ausangate Trek is perfect for you.

This lesser-known 5-day circuit trek is gifted with fantastic turquoise lakes, hanging glaciers, snow peaks of the Andes, impressive waterfalls, indigenous animals such as llamas and alpacas, and even a visit to the famous Rainbow Mountain if you decide to take a short 1-hour detour.

As beautiful as it sounds, the Ausangate Trek will test your physical and mental capabilities before rewarding you with its best features.

The entire route of the Ausungate Trek is over 4000 m above sea level with two passes around 5000 m; the Palomani Pass – 5161 m and the Arapa Pass – 4850 m. Not only would you need proper acclimatization before attempting the Ausangate Trek, being in relatively good shape is essential. The hiking days are long and many parts of the path are very physically demanding.

Though the trek can be done independently, we would highly recommend you to be prepared and experienced at hiking in such weather and altitude. There are hardly any villages or settlements along so hikers must carry camping gear and food supplies, let alone attempting to seek help in case anything goes wrong.

If you do decide to trek the Ausangate without a tour, the start and finish of the trail are at the remote village of Tinque (Tinki), about 100 km from Cusco. If you would like to go with a tour company, you can easily find a travel agency in Cusco!


How To Prepare for Your Hikes And Treks In Peru 

Due to the towering Andes Mountain Range, hiking in Peru is unlike hiking anywhere else in the world. Many of the hikes and treks in Peru are over 3000 meters in elevation, an altitude that could easily cause altitude sickness.

As someone that has had a potentially-fatal incident with altitude sickness in Peru, I am here to tell you that proper acclimatization is needed. Altitude sickness can be potentially fatal even for the fittest athlete. Don’t be an idiot!

If you are hiking anywhere above 3000 meters, stay a few days in the nearby city to acclimate. Huaraz, Cusco, and Arequipa, are great high-elevation cities with plenty of things to do. Just stroll around those cities, check out the attractions, and take things slowly until you have gotten used to the elevation.

Besides acclimation, there is one thing you need to have: Mate de Coca, or Coca Tea.

Mate de Coca is one of the most famous Peruvian drinks. Known as the Peruvian coffee, Mate de Coca will help ease the effects of altitude and make you stronger in general. You will find them nearly in every market, grocery stores, and even in your accommodation.

Just don’t bring some back to your country. It is considered drug trafficking in some countries!

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Ultimate Packing List For Hiking And Trekking In Peru

Hiking in Peru can be dangerous, and that is why you need the perfect packing list you make sure you have the perfect Peru trip. Here are some things we would highly recommend to bring with you if you intend to hike or trek in Peru!

1. Cold Weather Sleeping Bag – A warm and light sleeping bag is essential if you intend to hike independently in the Andes.

2. Reliable Backpack (Him/Her) – The perfect backpack for transporting all the camping equipment you will need. These are fitted with a light aluminum frame for long hiking, but also big enough to carry everything you need.

3. Tent (1 Person/2 Person) – What is camping without a tent? You want to have a tent that is reliable, waterproof, windproof, light, and generally tough. Though you can rent a tent in many places in Peru, you can never trust the reliability of them.

4. Camping Stove – A light and portable camping stove for cooking if you will be trekking without a guide in Peru.

5. Torch/Headlamp – A torch or headlamp is extremely useful whether you are hiking with a tour or alone. Many times you will hike before the sunrise or need to navigate around your camp at night.

6. Swiss Army Knife – A versatile tool for various scenarios. A must-have.

7. Cooking Set – A portable cooking set for your long treks!

8. Trekking Poles – The Peru hiking trails aren’t necessarily always in the best condition. Trekking poles will help you manage your hiking in Peru! 

9. LifeStraw Water Bottle – Allows you to drink from any water sources. Did you find a stream or a waterfall on your hike? Now you can drink from it with the LifeStraw water bottle.

Listed above are some of the many essentials you will need. We won’t mention the obvious items here such as hiking shoes, warm clothing, padlocks, towels, and etc.

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This is the end of our guide for Peru’s best treks and hikes. We hope you will enjoy one of the best countries in the world for hiking!

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18 BEST Indoor Activities In Hong Kong On A Rainy Day

18 BEST Indoor Activities In Hong Kong On A Rainy Day

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Hong Kong summers can be extremely hot, or extremely wet, which is why you should always plan some indoor attractions to visit in Hong Kong to do, just in case!

Just because the weather is not the best doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time!

Here we will talk about the best indoor activities in Hong Kong, perfect for anyone (un)lucky enough to visit during the Hong Kong rainy season or the infamous heatwaves!


18 Best Indoor Activities in Hong Kong

1. Challenge Your Friends At Wheat And Wood Board Game Cafe

What better way to spend a rainy day than play board games? There are half a dozen board game cafes in Hong Kong, but our personal favorite is Wheat and Wood in Kennedy Town because of its relaxed and chilled atmosphere, friendly staff and decent collection of games to play.

Boardgame cafes in Hong Kong are one of the most popular rainy day activities in HK, and is a great way to kill time while spending time indoors.

At Wheat and wood, you can battle your friends at one of Asia’s favorite board games such as Catan, Rummikub or Codenames whilst drinking delicious coffee or herbal tea.

And if those games don’t take your fancy, then the classics such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk and Uno are also available.


2. Visit Hong Kong’s Best Museums!

One of my favorite indoor activities in Hong Kong is o take my time admiring some of Hong Kong’s top museums. My personal favorites are the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui. Not only are they across the street from each other, but they are completely free and have some cool and interactive exhibits – perfect for anyone traveling in Hong Kong with kids!

Another favorite museum in HK is the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin (also free to enter). While a little out of the way in the East New Territories, this is definitely worth a visit! The Heritage Museum is a little bigger than the other Museums and contains exhibits about Hong Kong history, culture, and art. If there’s one museum in Hong Kong not to miss, it’s this one!

Other notable museums in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Space Museum, Tai Kwun Art Museum, and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (for you boat enthusiasts). Some exhibitions are free, and others charge a small fee. It is best to check on the website for fees and charges.


3. Bounce Around At Ryze HK

For those traveling with kids in Hong Kong, you’ll love Ryze HK. This is the biggest and best trampoline park in Hong Kong with an obstacle course, a huge trampoline field, and a trapeze.

For those wanting to do something more active and tire the kids out, this is the best indoor activity in Hong Kong with kids on a rainy day.

Though it doesn’t come cheap. Adults can expect to pay around $150 HKD per hour, while children under 6 can expect to pay $95 HKD an hour. The price is cheaper the more hours you book, so it’s better value for money if you allow a couple of hours.

Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment!

4. Fish Your Own Shrimp Dinner At HA Cube

This is by far one of the most fun indoor activities in HK. At HA Cube, you can catch your own shrimp (actually massive prawns) from their indoor shrimp fishing pool, which they will then cook for you at the end.

Although this activity is exciting, it’s not the cheapest attraction in Hong Kong. At $130 HKD an hour, you might want to plan another activity to fill your day after. Similar to most places in Hong Kong, the rate goes down the more hours you spend there.

We would also recommend standing at the sides of the pool, as this looked like the best place to catch shrimp. 🙂

Or you could be like us, standing there for an hour with a fishing rod in your hand, jealous of everyone else catching several prawns on the side. Though a little pricey, HA Cube makes up for it by cooking the shrimp to perfection! And don’t worry if you only catch one or two shrimps in an hour (or none!), they will cook a few extra for you so you have a full plate.

HA Cube is also conveniently located in Diamond Hill in eastern parts of Kowloon, adjacent to the famous Chi Lin Nunnery Temple.


5. Go Yum Cha And Stuff Your Face With Dim Sum

In Hong Kong, dim sum is not only one of Cantonese favorite cuisine, but a quintessential part of life. Locals referring to the act of going for dim sum as “yum cha”, literally translating into “drinking tea” in Cantonese.

Why? Because any dim sum restaurant will immediately serve your tea of choice when you sit down. There are specific types of tea served at a dim sum restaurant, and they all have specific names.

For black tea, Pu-erh (pronounced bo-lay in Cantonese) is your closest bet and the most popular choice. Chrysanthemum (pronounced Gook-Fa) is another popular choice among locals. Then you have the regular oolong tea and green tea.

For locals, yum cha or dim sum is more about a family gathering, spending time outside, and just hanging out for hours with tea and a newspaper. Though this seems to be a dying culture year after year.

Now that you have a brief understanding of yum cha and dim sum’s significance to the locals, it is time to talk about where you can find some!

Hong Kong is inundated with dim sum restaurant. In Hong Kong, you don’t find dim sum, dim sum finds you. Though most of them are quite decent, we are here to tell you the best ones.

Tim Ho Wan is a popular choice amongst locals and tourists. Known as the “world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant”, Tim Ho Wan is a dim sum restaurant chain in Hong Kong. Though there are 5 branches of Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong, the original Tim Ho Wan can be found in Olympian City (here) in Kowloon.

Tim Ho Wan has delicious dim sum, but it is by no means a fancy place. It is not a comfortable spot to sit in and just hang out for a long time, which is why it is not getting as many locals a cheap Michel-starred restaurant should bring.

Other great options include the famous Maxim’s Palace or the Victoria Habour Restaurant, both with great food and comfortable seating. 


6. Try Your Chances In LOST Escape Rooms

Escape rooms are a lot of fun, but they are not for the faint-hearted! Those traveling Hong Kong with friends may enjoy an afternoon testing their friendship and knowledge in one of Hong Kong’s most popular escape rooms.

There are several escape rooms across the city, but the one we would recommend is LOST Escape Rooms. LOST has multiple locations in the city, and each one presents a different context and degree of difficulty.

If you fancy escaping from Treasure Island (moderate difficulty), then head to their Causeway Bay room. If you want to battle your nemesis (hard difficulty) then their Mong Kok room is for you. For your first escape room experience, we would recommend the Tangata Manu room in Causeway Bay (the easiest room).

Each escape room lasts around 45 minutes and can fit 2-10 people depending on the room.

The escape rooms are said to not be scary, but it is recommended for kids under 13 to be accompanied by an adult. It is best to book online to avoid disappointment, but you can just turn up on the day also. 


7. Cuddle Some Cute Animals At A Rabbit Cafe

We have all heard of cat cafes, but have you ever heard of a rabbit cafe? In the heart of Hong Kong’s bustling Causeway Bay district is Hong Kong’s one and only rabbit cafe: Rabbitland cafe.

Rabbitland cafe is a unique place to kill an hour or so on a rainy day in Hong Kong, with it’s cute and comfortable interior and warming selection of herbal teas…and of course, the abundance of bunnies!

While petting and feeding the rabbits are allowed, don’t expect to be able to pick them up and smush them in a bear hug because hugging is not allowed. Personally, I agree with this policy, as being picked up all day by strangers must be pretty weird for a rabbit.


8. Try Your Hand, Or Your Foot, At Ice Skating

The Rink @ Elements HK shopping mall in Olympic has to be one of the most convenient indoor activities in Hong Kong. Though the rink is small, there’s barely any queue due to it’s flexible access time and ‘no schedule’ policy.

The Rink is the first ice-skating facility to install a ‘pay-as-you-skate’ system. Not only can you now pay by the minute, instead of booking for an hour or so like most places, you can also pay for your time using Hong Kong’s electronic contactless card, the octopus card.

Ice-skating equipment is available to hire from the free spectating area, and as it’s conveniently located in a shopping mall, it is not far from food and beverages when you’re done!


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9. Test Your Strength At Attic V Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Indoor rock climbing in Hong Kong has become a huge trend over the last couple years, with indoor rock climbing gyms opening up across the city, it’s hard to choose which one to check out!

Our personal favorite is Attic V, the pioneers in rock climbing gyms in Hong Kong. For travelers visiting Hong Kong in the hopes of hiking and climbing all the wonderful mountains of Hong Kong, Attic V is the next best thing for a rainy day activity in HK.

Having recently relocated to expand its indoor facility, Attic V has climbing walls for all abilities and ages. Not only that, but visitors can purchase a day pass for $120 HKD, meaning you can climb for as long as you like all day – you can even leave, and come back later. Not bad at all!


10. Battle Through A Zombie Apocalypse At VR Arena

If you’ve ever tried a VR game, the experience is unlike anything else in this world! If you haven’t, then maybe your first rainy day activity in Hong Kong should be to spend some time at VR Arena in Causeway Bay.

Here you and your friends can run, hop and skip through a 360-degree virtual world shooting zombies for as long as your hearts content…or until your time runs out, which at $160 HKD per hour you may want to consider putting a timer on.

Though a tad pricey, it is no doubt a unique and entertaining experience and perfect for a rainy day in HK. Make sure you reserve your spot before turning up by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Indoor Things To Do On A Hong Kong Rainy Day At Night

1. Enjoy Tasting Some Of Hong Kong’s Craft Beers

Possibly one of my favorite things to do indoors in Hong Kong at night is to enjoy an array of elegantly crafted craft beers at Hong Kong Island Tap House in Tin Hau, Hong Kong Island.

This unique bar advertises over 40 locally brewed beers and ciders, but every time I’ve visited, there’s been at least 60 beers on the menu! And for those who cannot decide what to drink, you can order a tasting flight of 6, 200ml beers for around $160 HKD.

The food is pretty simple and pretty pricey, so we wouldn’t recommend eating there, but for beer lovers you cannot find a better evening indoor attraction in Hong Kong.

2. Dine At One Of Hong Kong’s Top Rooftop Restaurants

Hong Kong has plenty of rooftop bars and restaurants and they usually come with a hefty price tag. If you’re only in Hong Kong for a short visit, it is worth spending a bit extra to enjoy some delicious food with a view you’ll never forget.

Wooloomooloo Steak House is one of the most popular rooftop restaurants and boasts the best steak in the city. If you want a special evening, this is no doubt the place to go.

If you want to save the pennies but still experience the luxury of a rooftop restaurant, Piqniq offers a small but affordable menu and outdoor seating. The view overlooks the high rises of Central, and not of the harbor, but it’s still impressive.

For those that don’t fancy eating and just want a drink and an awesome view, head to Sugar for some insane views and cocktails. If you’re not staying at the hotel you do need to book your table in advance because it’s so popular, but don’t worry, it’s free and easy to do on their website.


3. Laugh Your Socks Off At An Open-Mic Comedy Night

This is possibly one of the more under-rated  Hong Kong indoor activities as comedy is not hugely popular. However, comedy nights are frequent and are often free, so it’s worth checking one out if you have nothing better to do.

Though we must warn you, a lot of the “comedians” are often amateur and inexperienced…so just remember, it is free!

At least you won’t get wet from the rain, and it’s a good place to meet new people.

Check out the comedy events calendar here.


4. Sing Your Heart Out In A Karaoke Room

I know what you’re thinking, karaoke…really? Yes, really! Karaoke in Asia is not like it is anywhere else in the world.

In Hong Kong, you and your friends can hire your own karaoke room where you can each take turns to serenade one another with your beautiful song. Meanwhile, your friends battle each other at beer pong, Xbox games, darts and other entertaining distractions from your poor, I mean wonderful, singing…

There are a number of karaoke rooms in HK, some offering free-flow drinks…some offer BYOB…some even offer headphones so you can really hear the soprano in all its glory.

But our personal recommendation is Red Mr, a top karaoke room in HK who offers comfortable and luxurious rooms as well as top of the range sound equipment. They have rooms in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok, so you’ll surely find one near you!

Karaoke, or sing-k as the HKers call it, is a traditional indoor activity in Asia. So if you really want to party like a local, head over to a karaoke room!


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Relaxing Indoor Attractions In Hong Kong

1. Shop At Harbour City Mall

While Hong Kong is not short of malls, Harbour City Mall is one of the best malls in Hong Kong. Not only does it have an enormous array of luxury and retail shops, but it has possibly the best air con in all of HK. No kidding, it’s like walking into a fridge!

But seriously, there is nothing you can’t find in this mall. It has plenty of restaurants and cafes too, for those serious shoppers who need a little pick-me-up.

Though while we would not choose shopping as our first indoor pastime in Hong Kong, it is certainly one of the easiest.


2. Immerse Yourself In An Independent Film At An Art-house Cinema

Hong Kong is teeming with cinemas. You can find a blockbuster movie in nearly every mall and every district. However, if you want to watch an alternative, independent movie, you may have to look a little harder.

Broadway Cinematheque in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon is one of the few cinemas in Hong Kong showcasing independent European movies. In one of the oldest and most authentic districts in Hong Kong, this art-house cinema is a must-see attraction in Hong Kong.

And because of its niche market in movies, the price is a lot less than the super snazzy blockbuster cinemas at around $95 HKD a movie.

3. Enjoy Some Afternoon Tea

I know what you’re thinking, tea and scones? Jam sandwiches and cake? Why would I go to Hong Kong for this? Afternoon tea in Hong Kong has been the number one luxury indoor activity in Hong Kong for many years, even after it stopped being a British Colony.

On a rainy day, many tourists and locals flock to the five-star hotels for afternoon tea of scones, cakes, and mini sandwiches. The most popular hotel has always been Hong Kong’s oldest and most treasured hotel – The Peninsula.

The Lobby at The Peninsula is a beautiful restaurant with an elegant and luxurious interior, and not to mention the delicious selection of cakes available for afternoon tea. The only downside is the price. At a minimum spend of $350 HK, this is no doubt a place to go for a special occasion.

Guests should also note that there is a strict dress code at The Peninsula and guests are required to wear smart casual clothing (no sportswear). So please leave your Hawaiian shirt and flip flops for another day. Make sure you book in advance if you don’t want to be disappointed! The Peninsula is extremely popular.

If you want to taste some authentic and delicious British afternoon tea in Hong Kong, then you don’t need to break the bank. Teakha in Sheung Wan has some of the best-rated scones in Hong Kong and a top-rated Victoria Sponge cake, which is a cake that’s hard to come by in Hong Kong, for some reason!

Teakha is a reasonable $25 for scones, and they even have a deal where scones and any selection of tea can be purchased for $30. So if you want delicious food at an affordable price, this is the place to go! 


4. Check Out A Book Shop Cafe In Yau Ma Tei

For book lovers who fancy chilling with a good book and artisan coffee, then you’ll love Kubrick. This book shop cafe combo is the perfect place to pass the time on a rainy day. You could literally spend hours here immersing yourself in a good book and quenching your thirst.

And, if you’re planning on visiting the art-house theater we mentioned above, you might want to add Kubrick to your list of things to do indoors as it’s literally next door. Perfect!

When Is Rainy Season In Hong Kong?

Hong Kong receives the most rainfall from the month of June to August, coincidentally on some of the hottest months of the year. Luckily, with this Hong Kong blog post, not only will you have indoor things to do in Hong Kong on a rainy day, but also something for the excruciating hot days.

However, even on “cool” days, Hong Kong can be humid and warm, and nothing is better than visiting some of these indoor places in Hong Kong with air conditioning!

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This is the end of our guide for top indoor activities to do in Hong Kong! We hope this has at least given you a rough idea of what you can do on those rainy days!

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13 BEST Things To Do in Miraflores Lima, Peru

13 BEST Things To Do in Miraflores Lima, Peru

Not sure what to do in Miraflores Lima, Peru?

As one of the most affluential districts in Lima, Miraflores is filled with some of the best attractions in Lima. Amazing restaurants, stunning landscapes, nice parks, the list goes on and on. 

With so many things to do in Miraflores Lima, it is easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you only have a short time in Lima.

Below we have compiled a list of our personal favorite attractions in Miraflores, Peru. Hopefully, this will help plan your exciting Peru itinerary.


What To Do in Miraflores: 13 BEST Things To Do in Miraflores, Lima

1. Stroll Down the Miraflores Boardwalk (Malecón De Miraflores)


If there is one thing to do in Miraflores Lima, it is to stroll down the ~6-mile long malecón, an elevated walkway situated above the dramatic cliffs overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean. Sometimes also referred to as the Costa Verde, this path is one of the most popular places in Lima due to its wide stretches of green spaces, calm atmosphere, and surreal sunsets.

On any given day, you will find numerous tourists and locals strolling along the malecón, enjoying the breezy ocean air and admiring the panoramic views. The walkway is also a popular location for joggers and bikers to escape the bustling city and get some exercise outdoors.

There are many bike rental companies throughout Miraflores for anyone interested in biking the malecón. Though we haven’t rented one ourselves, we have heard great reviews for Mirabici. One of their locations is located right on the malecón!

2. Go Shopping in Larcomar, Lima’s Fanciest Mall

Credit: Ivan Mlinaric via Flickr Nested in the stunning cliffs of Miraflores is Lacromar, one of the most luxurious shopping malls in Lima. Featuring more than 80 shops, Lacromar is the place to go to if you want to do some shopping in Miraflores. Its unique location offers breath-taking seaside views and adds a touch of romanticism whether you are doing some shopping, eating at the food court, or going on a date at the cinema. Though the price is quite steep for even the most mundane dish, having the mystical ocean as your backdrop when munching on your greasy fries does make a difference. A shopping mall is definitely not on our Peru bucket list, but Lacromar is unlike any other shopping malls that we have been to. Visitors can spend the whole day here, shopping, eating, going to the cinema, and admiring the views.

3. Eat At Maido, One of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants

Credit: Cathrine via Flickr If you are not sure what to do in Miraflores, may I suggest eating till you can’t walk? In Arequipa, our tour guide said there are three reasons why travelers come to Peru. The first one is Machu Picchu (obviously), the second one is gastronomy, and the third one is the diversity of the landscapes. While we knew have seen the desserts in Ica, the Andes in Huaraz, and Machu Picchu itself, we were not exposed to the delicious Peruvian dishes until we came to Lima. To our surprise, Lima has a total of 2 of the top 50 restaurants in the world. Maido, one of the top 50 in the world, is also considered the best restaurant in Latin America. Guess where Maido is located? The friendly Miraflores district in Lima, Peru! Maido offers a unique Nikkei experience, the perfect fusion between authentic Peruvian cuisine and Japanese cuisine. Their philosophy believes in combining the best of two worlds to create a “third dimension”, the complex Peruvian Nikkei cuisine. The food here is inexplicably phenomenal, and along with other small touches create the iconic Maido experience. Though Maidos is expensive, it is relatively cheap compared to some of the top 50 restaurants in other parts of the world. We recommend you to reserve 2 months in advance to secure your table!

4. Indulge in Delicious Ceviche, The National Food of Peru


If there is one Peruvian dish that I could have forever, it would be the Peruvian ceviche. This national dish of Peru is exemplary of what Peruvian cuisine is about – simplicity, superb ingredients, and bursting flavors.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Peruvian ceviche, it is a popular dish made using raw fish “cooked” primarily in Peruvian lemon juice. The acidity of the Peruvian lemon is so strong that it essentially kills all the harmful bacteria in the raw fish, creating a dish that is fresh and flavorful.

Every bite of this national dish of Peru reminds you of the sea, as the fish retains most of its flavor. Combined that with the unique flavors of the Peruvian lemon and a few spices, you have yourself a simple master dish.

As a coastal city, Lima is blessed with some of the freshest seafood in the world. There is honestly no better place in the world to try this magical dish. Luckily for you, having the Peruvian ceviche doesn’t have to be expensive.

Here are some of our favorite affordable ceviche restaurants in Lima!

5. Visit Huaca Pucllana, A Pre-Incan Archaelogical Ruin


Located in the heart of the Miraflores district is one of the oldest archaeological sites in Peru – Huaca Pucllana. At first glance, this site looks less impressive than Machu Picchu or even Kuelap in Chachapoyas. That is because this ruin actually dates back to sometime between 200 AD to 700 AD, almost 1000 years before the Inca empire. 

This pre-Inca run features a great adobe and clay pyramid made from seven staggered platforms and was once the administrative center of the Lima culture indigenous group.

At around 700 AD, the Lima culture group was conquered by the Wari culture. Under the Wari’s rule, Huaca Pucllana became a burial site for nobility. In 2008, tombs were discovered in Huaca Pullcana.

The admission fee to Huaca Pucllana is 15 Peruvian soles and it comes with a mandatory guided tour.

6. Visit Love Park (Parque Del Amor)

Credit: WikiCommons Along the beautiful malecón of Miraflores is one of the most popular parks in Lima – the Love Park, or Parque del Amor in Spanish. Featuring a kissing statue, mosaic walls, and views of the Pacific Ocean, the Love Park is a relaxing romantic place for dates and couples. Lovers and soon-be lovers can sit on one of the benches and enjoy a nice chat while enjoying the ocean breeze. If you are hungry, there are several snack stands nearby to keep you at the top of your performance!

7. Go Paragliding Off Of Lima’s Picturesque Coast

Miraflores Lima

If the view from the malecón is not breath-taking enough, why not go paragliding. The perfect mixture of fun and sightseeing, paragliding is one of the most popular activities in Miraflores, Peru.

As you stroll down the malecón, it is not unusual to see paragliders over the beautiful coast of Lima. You don’t have to watch from the sidelines, as there are many paragliding schools right on the malecón.

Simply head over to Parque Raimondi near the Love Park and you will find yourself multiple paragliding companies. We recommend Parapuerto Miraflores – APIPT. No reservation is required but it is wise to give them a phone call to make sure the weather is okay for paragliding!

8. Pet Some Stray Cats At Kennedy Park, The Central Park of Miraflores


While there are many things to do in Miraflores Peru, there is only one if you are a cat-lover – visiting Kennedy Park.

Kennedy Park is the home of numerous stray cats. But unlike stray cats that are not taken care of, these stray cats in Kennedy Park are well-maintained. Park officials periodically do check-ups, feed them, and give them water.

These stray cats stroll around the park and approach anyone that has food. However, they are by no means aggressive. Even if you don’t have food, they are always up for a nice belly rub or a head scratch. Don’t worry about being scratched by them, they are the most docile cats we have ever encountered.

If you see a cute one that is just dozing off on the side, don’t approach him/her. Imagine someone entering your house and waking you up from your sleep, you wouldn’t be too happy, would ya?

Kennedy Park in Miraflores is pretty much like a cat cafe in Japan, but the cats are living happy lives and free from captivity!

Besides the adorable cats, there is the famous Sunday night dance. A speaker is set up and locals dance the night away, sharing laughter and having fun!

9. Check Out the Crafts at The Miraflores Indian Market


No Peru trip is complete without a visit to one of its artisan/craft market. Luckily for you, there is the perfect one in Miraflores – the Miraflores Indian Market.

A huge market with anything from alpaca sweaters to hats to t-shirts to other miscellaneous crafts, the Miraflores Indian Market is the perfect place to see what the local craft scene is like. If you are looking to purchase some souvenirs, this is the perfect place to do so.

Like many markets in South America, quality can be an issue. Many vendors will claim that their textile or clothing is 100% (insert adjective here), but that isn’t the case most of the time.

The most popular souvenirs from Peru are the alpaca products –  hats, sweaters, ponchos, and others. The most precious of which is the 100% baby alpaca products, sometimes costing as much as a few hundred dollars. 

We do not recommend you to search for any high-quality alpaca products at the Miraflores Indian Market. If you do intend on purchasing some, please go to Cusco, as their selection is much cheaper and higher quality.

Nevertheless, a stroll down Miraflores Indian Market will expose you to the amazing crafts Peru is known for!

Don’t forget to negotiate… and negotiate again when you visit the Miraflores Indian Market.

10. Learn How To Surf At One Of Miraflores Beaches


Behind the dramatic cliffs in Miraflores are some of the most beginner-friendly surfing beaches in Peru. One of the most popular beaches for surfing in Miraflores is the Makaha Beach, or Playa Makaha in Spanish.

Dozen of surfing schools line up on the beautiful rocky beach with wetsuit and boards available for rent. Classes are available, and so are 1-on-1 private lessons.

Unlike other surfing beaches in Peru such as Mancora in the North, the surfing beaches in Miraflores are less crowed, perfect for beginners.

Though we haven’t taken a lesson in any of the surfing schools, we have heard great reviews for Willy’s Surf School.

TOP Things To Do In Miraflores At Night

1. Try Pisco Sour (The National Drink of Peru) At One Of The Best Bars In Miraflores


Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru, is an alcoholic beverage you must try on your Peru trip. The name of the cocktail comes from pisco, which is the base liquor used, and the term sour comes from the citrus elements used.

At first glance, this drink might look at all appetizing, because raw egg white is one of the ingredients, creating a thick white foamy layer at the top of the drink.

However, this doesn’t stop local Peruvians from indulging in their favorite alcoholic drink. In fact, they love it so much that the first Saturday of every February is National Pisco Sour Day.

Luckily for you, there are plenty of bars in Miraflores serving some of the nation’s best Pisco sours. The one we highly recommend is Bar Capitán Meléndez. Its friendly atmosphere along with carefully crafted Pisco sours makes it one of the best places to visit in Miraflores at night. 

2. Dance Salsa At One of The Nightclubs in Lima


If you are traveling in South America, learning how to dance salsa is essential to surviving in the nightclubs. From the small towns to the big cities in South America, salsa dancing is a huge part of the culture. Though Colombia is definitely the prime location for salsa dancing, Lima’s salsa scene is quite amazing.

Though you might want to take some salsa classes to unlock your full potential, local Peruvians are very accepting of foreigners trying to learn. Since this is a partner dance, if your partner is experienced, you both can still have a lot of fun.

If you don’t want to dance salsa, you can just admire the art. The quick movement of the feet, the sway of the hip, everything about this dance is hypnotic to watch.

If you ask a local how did they get so good at dancing salsa, chances are they will tell you they were dancing salsa when they came out of their mother’s womb!

The best place to dance salsa in Miraflores Lima is unquestionably Son de Cuba. It is a place with good music, decent drinks, and a fun atmosphere!

3. Relax And Admire The Night View Of Costa Verde From The Malecón


Though the nightlife in Miraflores is amazing, you don’t always have to go to a bar or club at night. In fact, one of my favorite things to do in Miraflores at night is to simply stroll along the malecón. I know we have mentioned this malecón numerous times throughout our post, but visiting it at night is very different from seeing it in the day.

If you simply want to unwind and look into the abyss that is the Pacific Ocean at night, the malecón is the perfect place to do it.

Traveling doesn’t always mean doing something exciting all the time. Simply doing nothing or very little at night will help you enjoy your travels more, especially if you are traveling for a long time! 

Where to Stay in Miraflores, Peru

Best Hostel in Miraflores, Lima – Pariwana Hostel Lima

If you are backpacking Peru, you are in luck. There are plenty of amazing hostels in Miraflores, Lima. Our personal favorite is the Pariwana Hostel Lima, a famous hostel chain in Peru.

Featuring comfortable beds, an on-site restaurant, a bar, a shared lounge, and an outdoor roof terrace. The hostel is in no shortage of common areas where guests and socialize and meet other solo travelers. Anyone traveling solo in Peru must stay at Pariwana Hostel Lima.

Click here for more details!

Best Cheap Hotel in Miraflores, Lima – Larq’a Park Rooms

Featuring spacious no-frills private rooms, Larq’a Park Rooms is one of the best cheap hotels in Miraflores, Lima. The decor is cozy and the hotel actually feels like a home more than a hotel, something rare to find traveling abroad.

The location of this hotel in Miraflores cannot get any better, but certain rooms in the hotel can get noisy. However, it is not a big deal given the high quality of the rooms.

Click here for more information!

Best Luxury Hotel in Miraflores, Lima – Radisson Decapolis Miraflores

If you want a luxurious stay in Miraflores Lima, then you must stay at Radisson Decapolis Miraflores. Featuring beautiful rooms and stylish modern decor, it is a luxurious experience the moment you step into the hotel.

The hotel contains an outdoor rooftop swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness center, a restaurant, and two bars. When you are not exploring the city, guests can enjoy a drink from the bar on their rooftop pool. A delicious breakfast buffet is served every morning.

Don’t miss this luxury hotel in Miraflores Lima, Peru.

Click here for more info!

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Here are the best things to see in Miraflores, Peru. I hope this Miraflores blog post has at least given a rough idea on how to plan your Lima itinerary!

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The PERFECT Cameron Highlands Day Trip Itinerary!

The PERFECT Cameron Highlands Day Trip Itinerary!

Planning a Cameron Highlands one day trip?

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia, numerous tourists flock to Cameron Highlands every year to see some of the country’s best attractions. However, with so many things to do in Cameron Highlands, planning a day trip is no easy task.

In our Cameron Highlands blog post, we will help you plan your trip, tell you what to do in Cameron Highlands in 1 day, how to get around, and the best time to visit.


Is A Day Trip To Cameron Highlands Enough?

If you are planning a Cameron Highlands trip, you must wonder if one day in Cameron Highlands is enough. After all, there are tons of stunning Cameron Highlands attractions. Is one day really enough to enjoy them all?

The answer is… probably not.

From morning to night, Cameron Highlands is packed with fun activities. There are night markets, hiking trails, tea plantations, waterfalls, the list goes on and on. One day is simply not enough to fully experience Cameron Highlands.

Ideally, you would want to spend at least a weekend there. If you can only spend a day in Cameron Highlands, you will be able to see the main points of interest, but you will also miss quite a few!


How To Get To Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Located in the center of the Malay Peninsula, Cameron Highlands is reachable by many of the big cities of Malaysia. Below we will talk about how to get to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur (KL), Penang, and Ipoh.

Getting From KL To Cameron Highlands

If you want to take a Cameron Highlands day trip from KL, you must be willing to get up early. About 200 kilometers apart, it takes about 3 hours to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands. Personally, we wouldn’t recommend you to spend just one day in Cameron Highlands if you are coming from KL because you will spend half the day sitting on your butt.

Besides renting a car / having a car and driving to Cameron Highlands, you can also take the bus. The KL to Cameron Highlands bus departs at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), and the journey takes about 3.5 hours. If you get carsick easily, take a motion sickness pill. Though the journey is very scenic, it is also very windy.

You can find the schedule for buses to Cameron Highlands from KL here.

Unfortunately, you cannot go from KL to Cameron Highlands by train. The train only takes you to Ipoh, where you would have to take a bus or drive to Cameron Highlands.

Due to the long commute, I recommend taking a tour from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands. Here are the tours we recommend:

Getting From Ipoh To Cameron Highlands


If you are going from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands, you can be a lot more flexible. The journey takes a little less than 2 hours, and renting a car or taking the bus are both viable options.

For anyone flying into the Cameron Highlands airport, you are actually going into the Ipoh Airport, because it is the closest airport to Cameron Highlands.

If you are taking the bus from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands, you will have to get it from the Terminal Amanjaya. It is located 20-30 minutes away from Ipoh center, so plan accordingly. The bus journey takes about 2 hours and you are dropped off at Tanah Rata, one of the two main towns in Cameron Highlands.

The bus schedule is as follows: 8 AM, 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, and 6:30 PM. If you are taking a taking day trip from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands, chances are you will want to take the 8 AM bus.

Getting From Penang To Cameron Highlands

Taking a day trip from Penang to Cameron Highlands is similar to taking one from Kuala Lumpur, it takes about 3 hours driving to get there. You must wake up early to avoid the rush hour, otherwise it might take longer than you expect.

If driving is not an option, buses from Penang to Cameron Highlands depart at Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal daily. Frequently, there is only one bus that leaves in the AM, making your one day trip to Cameron Highlands much more difficult.

Click here to find more information about the bus schedule.

The other option is to drive there. Having your own transportation in Cameron Highlands will be very useful.

Cameron Highlands Day Trip Itinerary


Aim to arrive in Cameron Highlands as early as possible, ideally before 9 AM.

The first stop of your 1-day Cameron Highlands itinerary is the renowned BOH Tea Centre. (Don’t get this confused with BOH Tea Plantation, which is another destination in Cameron Highlands)

Due to the moderate weather, consistent rainfall, and rich soil, the tea produced from Cameron Highlands are some of the finest tea you will find in the world.

At BOH Tea Centre, you can marvel at the acres of undisturbed tea plantations with the perfect cup of tea in hand. The tea plants stretch for miles, running up and down the lush hills of Cameron Highlands. The vibrant blue sky harmonizes with the solemn green, and it reminded us of the beautiful paddy fields in Sekinchan.

If you have not had breakfast yet, their cafe serves light snacks that will keep your energy up for now.

BOH-Tea-Plantation Cameron Highlands

When you are done enjoying the incredible views at their cafe, take a free guided tour of their tea processing facility. Here you will see every step of the procedure and every machinery used to create this tasty delicacy.

The free guided tours take place every 30 mins starting from 8:45 AM to 4:15 PM, and you can register for it when you arrive at BOH Tea Centre.

Before you leave, make sure you check out the BOH Tea Shop, the perfect place to purchase BOH’s tea to take home!

BOH Tea Centre is one of the most crowded places in Cameron Highlands. We highly recommend you to arrive early and leave before the crowd comes.

Unless you decide to purchase something, it is free to enter the BOH Tea Centre!


After you have finished visiting BOH Tea Centre, it is time to move on to the next attraction on the itinerary, the Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm.

Featuring a small garden in the rear, visitors can observe the honey bees in action. After strolling through the garden, make a stop at their multi-level souvenir shop. Featuring cheap and locally-made honey, don’t forget to grab some on your way out! Honey has many known health benefits!

There is no admission cost to enter the bee farm!



After a visit to the Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm, the next stop is the Pasar Pagi Kea Farm (Farmers’ Market).

At first sight, this crowded farmers’ market in Cameron Highlands might look like a tourist trap. However, if you do a little bit of observing and investigating, you will notice both tourists and locals shop here. The market is only one street long, but stalls inundate the sides of a street like the rainy season in Malaysia.

The farmers’ market mainly sells fresh produce from the region, but you will also find souvenir shops and a fair share of street food. It is also one of the best places to catch a glimpse of a local’s daily life.

If you have been following this Cameron Highlands one day itinerary, you probably have not eaten yet. Time to stuff yourself with some street food!


Chances are you the street food at the farmer’s market is just a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. If you are like us and love to eat all the time, you might still be hungry after the street food.

If that is the case, it is time to head into Tanah Rata!

Tanah Rata is a quaint walkable town in Cameron Highlands. Known for its easy accessibility, good food, and affordable accommodation, Tanah Rata is the best place to stay in Cameron Highlands.

Here in Tanah Rata, we will find our afternoon tea (or second meal).

Being an ex-British colony, Malaysia still has many traces of British traditions. In the Lord’s Cafe in Tanah Rata, you will find delicious British scones, pies, cakes, and other dishes. Their strawberry scones are known to be mouth-wateringly delicious.

After a delicious second meal at the Lord’s Cafe, it is time for one of Cameron Highlands’ best attractions, the Big Red Strawberry Farm.


Not only is Cameron Highlands climate perfect for cultivating tea, but it is also the ideal location for growing strawberries. Throughout Cameron Highlands, there are numerous amount of strawberry farms, but the one you must visit is the Big Red Strawberry Farm.

The Big Red Strawberry Farm is exactly what the name suggests, a big strawberry farm. Visitors can stroll down its hydroponic environment and check out the strawberries growing in action. When they first start growing, the strawberries are as tiny as a peanut, an occurrence we usually don’ get to see.

Besides strawberries, the farm also grows a variety of other produce such as vegetables and flowers. They also have an on-site cafe serving food made with ingredients from the farm. The strawberry sundae is one that you have to try!

If you are visiting Cameron Highlands, chances are you would like to do some strawberry-picking. At Big Red Strawberry Farm, the price for strawberry picking is 30 RM per 0.5 kg. If you are traveling Cameron Highlands with kids, this is a must-do activity. 

Before you visit, give the farm a call to make sure strawberry-picking is available. Though strawberry-picking season is from May to August, it is best to confirm with the property!

It is free to enter the Big Red Strawberry Farm!



At this point, you are probably exhausted from your Cameron Highlands trip. While there are still many things to do in Cameron Highlands, you have seen the best. If you have extra time, I would recommend to you visit the Mossy Forest and Mount Brinchang for sunset, though it is a bit of effort to get to both. (We will talk about these two attractions down below.)

If you are visiting Cameron Highlands on the weekend, then you are in luck. The Cameron Highlands Night Market, also known as the Golden Hills Weekend Night Market, is happening!

The Golden Hills Weekend Night Market is the best thing to do in Cameron Highlands at night. If you thought the street food at the farmers’ market was intense, then you need to see the Golden Hills Weekend Night Market.

You can find extremely affordable meals here, great souvenirs, and lots of sweaty people. Golden Hills Weekend Night Market does not understand the concept of personal space! It surely didn’t stop us from getting a 4 RM meal here though.

If you have been to Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur, this night market is about half the size but twice the hecticness. Skewers, nasi lemak (the national food of Malaysia), nasi goreng (fried rice), mie goreng (fried noodles), fried vegetables, desserts, there is definitely more food than you can handle! Don’t worry to give everything a try though because the food there is so affordable.

Though advertised as a night market, the market is opened as early as 5 PM. Don’t miss it before you leave Cameron Highlands (if you are here on a weekend).


Additional Things To Do In Cameron Highlands

If you have extra time on your day Cameron Highlands one day trip, consider some of the additional things to do down below. Similarly, if you have more than one day in Cameron Highlands, you could take a day trip to Ipoh and check out some of the cave temples around Ipoh.

1. Hiking in Cameron Highlands

The moderate climate and stunning views make hiking one of the most popular activities in Cameron Highlands.

There are a total of 14 hiking trails in Cameron Highlands, and each of them is conveniently numbered. Not all trails are created equal, and others such as Trail 9 is known to be overgrown and dangerous.

Personally, I would recommend Trail 10 combined with Trail 6 as the trail allows you to walk through some of the local farms and stunning tea plantations.

The trailhead starts right outside the town of Tanah Rata, so it is still accessible if you don’t have your own vehicle. The hike takes about 3.5 hours to complete. Just keep in mind you finish at Cameron Valley Tea House and you would need to take a taxi back to town!

Another popular trail in Cameron Highlands in Trail No.1. Trail No.1 is a 3-hour hike that takes you up to the peak of Mount Brinchang, the second highest peak in Cameron Highlands. The views from Mount Brinchang is said to be the best in Cameron Highlands, as you get a panoramic view of the lushness Cameron Highlands is known for.

Install the mobile app maps.me before hiking to avoid getting lost!

If you enjoy hiking, you must check out Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s highest mountain, in Sabah!


2. Visit Mount Brinchang

As we have mentioned above, Mount Brinchang is the second tallest mountain in Cameron Highlands and offers unparalleled views of the surrounding area. Luckily for you, hiking is not the only way to get there. 

Travelers can also take a taxi or drive up to Mount Brinchang. Because of the constant rain that Cameron Highlands receives, the road is not exactly in the best condition. To make matters worse, parts of the road are so narrow that only one car can fit through at once.

Many tour operators might even tell you it is impossible to reach without a 4×4. However, that is just not true. If you have a regular automobile, you will get there without a problem. If you have a motorcycle, it’s not impossible, but just a little tricky.

Is it worth the effort? Definitely YES!


3. Check out the Mossy Forest

Due to the elevation of Cameron Highlands, low-level clouds constantly cover the area with mist and moisture. The result? A perfect environment for mosses ferns, lichens, and other plants to grow. In fact, such a phenomenon has created one of the most interesting places in Cameron Highlands, the Mossy Forest.

Mossy Forest is located a short drive from Brinchang on the same narrow road. If you visit the Mossy Forest, you should also see Mount Brinchang and vice versa.

The entrance cost to the Mossy Forest is 30 RM for foreigners and 10 RM for locals. Once you are inside the Mossy Forest, you are limited to a ~250-meter boardwalk. Some travelers say the price is too steep for such a short visit. Whether or not the price is justified, that is up to you! 


Getting Around Cameron Highlands

One thing travelers must be aware of is how difficult it is to get around Cameron Highlands. Without your own vehicle, the only way to get from one attraction to another is by taxi. Some of these attractions are located very far apart from each, so be prepared to spend quite a bit of money.

Taxis can be found at the Tanah Rata Bus Terminal, the location where your bus will drop you off if you are taking a bus. If you are planning to visit a ton of places in Cameron Highlands at once, try to rent the taxi by the hour. As always, don’t forget to negotiate! 

If you are able to drive a scooter legally in Malaysia, renting a scooter in Cameron Highlands could be an option for you. There are several scooter rental places in Tanah Rata, and they are much more flexible than taking the taxi.

Half-day tours can also be found in many of the kiosks along the streets of Tanah Rata. If you only have 1 day in Cameron Highlands and would like to see as much as possible, taking a tour might not be a bad idea.  


Best Time To Visit Cameron Highlands

When considering when is the best time to visit Cameron Highlands, you must think about what you are trying to accomplish. Are you planning on doing some hiking in Cameron Highlands? Picking strawberries? Or do you just want to stay away from the crowd? 

For hiking, you will want to pick the months that rains the least. Months like January, February, June, and July are the best months for hiking in Cameron Highlands because it rains less frequently. However, June and July are months of summer vacation, so you will see huge crowds and tons of traffic. The months of October and November are known to be the peak of the rainy season.

If you want to go strawberry picking, May to August is considered the strawberry-picking season. Just remember to check with the strawberry farm because there could be minor discrepancies. 

Temperature-wise, it is moderate all-year-round, though in the winter months (especially January and February) you might see some snow!


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This concludes our guide to a day trip to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. We hope it has given you a rough idea of how to plan your Cameron Highlands itinerary! 

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15+ Must-Visit Attractions in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

15+ Must-Visit Attractions in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Not sure what to do in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia? Worry not, we were in your shoes once.

However, after spending a month in Malaysia uncovering all the hidden gems (such as Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor) and exploring popular destinations, we are now ready to share one of our favorite places in Malaysia: Cameron Highlands.

Located in the highlands of Malaysia, Cameron Highlands’ altitude varies from around 800 meters to 1600 meters, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists to enjoy some nature and escape from the city life.

Without further ado, below are the 16 best attractions in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Whether you are on a day trip to Cameron Highlands or spending a few days, you don’t want to miss these!

Map Of The Best Tourist Attractions In Cameron Highlands

With so many Cameron Highlands attractions, we have decided to create an interactive map to help you plan your Cameron Highlands itinerary. On the map above are the 16 places of interest we will talk about in our Cameron Highlands blog post.

The upper left corner of the map is a toggle. Don’t forget to click on it if you need more information about a specific attraction in Cameron Highlands.

If you have questions about the map, feel free to leave a comment down below.

What To Do In Cameron Highlands: 16 Top Things To Do In Cameron Highlands

1. Go Hiking in Cameron Highlands (Especially Trail 6 & 10)


If there is one place to go hiking in Malaysia, it is in the Cameron Highlands. Known for its lush rolling hills, beautiful tea plantations, and moderate weather, it is no surprise that hiking is one of the best activities in Cameron Highlands.

There is a total of 14 hiking trails in Cameron Highlands, and they are conveniently named by their numbers. With so many options and such a short time in Cameron Highlands, it was difficult to pick the perfect trail for us.

After asking the reception, fellow travelers, and lots of research online, we found that Trail 10 that splits into Trail 6 is the most scenic route.

The hike starts with trail 10, just a few minutes from the town Tanah Rata. After 30 minutes of hiking through the jungle, you reach Gunung Jasar, a peak with incredible views of the surrounding area.

That is also where the trail splits into Trail 6 or continues to Trail 10. If you take trail 6, you will pass numerous farms along the way and have the opportunity to walk through the gorgeous tea plantations Cameron Highlands is known for.

The hike ends at Cameron Valley Tea House 1, where visitors can cool down with a nice cup of tea before heading back into town.

The difficulty of this hike in Cameron Highlands is moderate, though it becomes treacherous after a rainstorm. It is a half-day hike so plan accordingly! 

2. Visit the BOH Tea Centre (BOH Tea Plantation) and Learn About Tea Processing!

BOH-Tea-Plantation Cameron Highlands

If there is one thing to do in Cameron Highlands, it is to check out the labyrinth of tea plantations and learn about the tea processing procedures. BOH Tea Centre, one of the most famous tea plantations in Cameron Highlands, is the proper place to do so.

(If you look carefully on the map, BOH Tea Plantation is another location in Cameron Highlands. Don’t get those two confused. The one you want to go to is BOH Tea Centre.)

Featuring acres of gorgeous tea plantations, a cafe with great views, a tea shop selling tea made on-site, and a tea processing facility tour, it is no wonder why BOH Tea Centre is so popular.

If you are traveling in Malaysia with kids and family, BOH Tea Centre is a great spot to just hang out for a day, take in the views, properly relax, and learn something about this super popular beverage. However, due to its popularity, BOH Tea Centre can sometimes be crowded, especially on the weekends.

When you visit the tea plantation, make sure you take the free guided tour of the tea processing facility. It shows you the procedure and machinery used to make the picture cup of tea! Being an old British colony, you know that the tea in Cameron Highlands is going to be superb!

The free guided tours happen several times throughout the day. You can sign up when you arrive, there is no need to reserve your spot beforehand.

3. Hike Mount Brinchang


At 2,032 meters high, Mount Brinchang (Gunung Brinchang) is the second-highest peak in Cameron Highlands. The summit of Mount Brinchang is one of the best places to visit in Cameron Highlands due to its surreal landscapes of the surrounding greenery.

There are three ways to get there: Hiking Trail 1, taking a taxi up, or taking a tour in Cameron Highlands.

If you are an avid hiker, consider taking the 3-4 hour Trail 1 to reach the top of Mount Brinchang. The trailhead is located in the northern part of Brinchang, so visitors staying in the popular backpacker town of Tanah Rata will have to find a mode of transportation there.

When you arrive at the trailhead, look for a signboard indicating the start of jungle walk No.1. Once you have found that, you are only 3 kilometers away from the peak of Mount Brinchang! The trail is through the jungle and sometimes it can get quite messy.

There might be rumors that Trail 1 has been closed. However, as of March 2020, the trail is still open. Just download the app maps.me and use their offline maps feature to make sure you are on the right path!

For visitors that are semi-lazy, taking a taxi up to Mount Brinchang and hiking down is a good option. Taxis can be found at the Tanah Rata bus station or just flagged down in the streets. It is advised to visit the nearby Mossy Forest to kill two birds with one stone!

For those that are extra lazy, tours can be found throughout Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Just go up to any of the kiosks and ask if they have tours to Mount Brinchang!

4. Visit the Mossy Forest, One of the Most Interesting Places in Cameron Highlands


The Mossy Forest is one of the tourist attractions in Cameron Highlands that gets a lot of debate. Some visitors say that it is totally worth the trip and hefty admission cost, while others say it is just a complete scam. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop the Mossy Forest from being one of the top places of interest in Cameron Highlands.

Having been to the cloud forest in Mindo Ecuador, we felt that there was no need to visit the Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands.

What is a moss forest? Good question. A mossy forest is a very unique environment that is only present in several places in the world. The perfect elevation of Cameron Highlands allows for low-level clouds to constantly cover the area with mist and moisture, providing the ideal environment for many mosses, ferns, lichens, and orchids to grow.

With such different vegetation, it shouldn’t surprise you that the animals that live there are also quite unique. Insects, birds, frogs, and other mammals inhabiting the environment are unlike other animals in Malaysia, making the Mossy Forest one of the most interesting places in Cameron Highlands.

What stops some tourists from visiting such an exciting place in Cameron Highlands is its price. For 30 RM for foreigners (10 RM for locals), you get to walk on a boardwalk for 15 minutes before heading back. You are not allowed to steer off the designated path. That is not including the price for the taxi/tour to get to this place!

As travel bloggers, we feel obligated to lay out the fact. Whether you decide to go or not, that is up to you!

5. Check Out Big Red Strawberry Farm And Pick Strawberries If You Want


If you traveling with kids and not sure what to do in Cameron Highlands, take them to the Big Red Strawberry Farm. This place in Cameron Highlands is quite self-explanatory, a huge strawberry farm! Though strawberries are their main attractions, they also grow a variety of other things such as lettuce and flowers in their hydroponic setting.

Their affordable cafe sells various products from the region, but the ones you must try are definitely the strawberry ones. We had the strawberry sundae and it was absolutely delicious!

If you go to a strawberry farm, chances are you would want to pick your own strawberries! At Big Red Strawberry Farm, that is a possibility, but only during peak season (May to August). If your focus is picking strawberries, I highly recommend you to call them to confirm that they are open for strawberry picking. The price is 30 RM for 0.5 kilograms.

Yes, strawberries are somehow really expensive in Cameron Highlands. 

It is completely free to enter the Big Red Strawberry Farm.

6. Eat Street Food At The Golden Hills Weekend Night Market (Cameron Highlands Night Market)


No Malaysia trip is complete without indulging in some delicious and cheap street food. If you had time to visit Kuala Lumpur, you might have had your fair share of street food at Jalan Alor, if not, worry not. The Golden Hills Weekend Night Market will satisfy some of your cravings.

Numerous hawker stalls line up on the sides of the street, selling nasi lemak (The national food of Malaysia), nasi goreng, skewers, fried chicken, deep-fried vegetables, and many other local dishes. I found a full meal here for 4 RM (less than 1 USD)!

Not only will you find a variety of street food there, but you can also encounter produce and souvenirs. Even if you are worried about eating street food, there is something at the Golden Hills Weekend Night Market that will excite you.

If you see a strange fruit that looks like a brown coconut with a hat, you might be tempted to give it a try. Don’t do it. The exotic fruit is sea coconut, and we made the mistake of trying it because we saw the line of people. It is by far the most tasteless and bitter fruit we had in our lives. Learn from our mistakes!

The market is only opened on weekends, and it is crowded if you arrive at night. Personally, the crowd is one of the quintessential components of a street market in Southeast Asia. If you want to avoid the crowd, arrive no later than 5 PM.

The Golden Hills Weekend Night Market is located in Brinchang. Anyone staying in Tanah Rata without a vehicle will have to take a cab there.

7. Relax and Admire The Landscape At Cameron Valley Tea House


If you are visiting Cameron Highlands from other places in Malaysia, chances are you want to escape from the heat, humidity, noise, and stress. What is a better way to relax than sitting in a beautiful cafe, having a cup of locally grown tea, and admiring the beautiful tea plantations?

Though BOH Tea Centre is the most famous place to see the tea plants, it is not the most gorgeous place. The best place to see the tea plantations is actually at Cameron Valley Tea House.

There are two Cameron Valley Tea House adjacent to each other, tea house 1 and tea house 2. Cameron Valley Tea House 2 is the one with the best views of the tea plantations. If you want to appreciate the vastness of these never-ending tea plantations, tea house 2 is the perfect place for it. The greenery stretches for what seems like an eternity here, and it reminded us of the beautiful paddy fields in the nearby Sekinchan!

Cameron Valley Tea House 1 is another cafe, but it is mostly known for its entrance to the acres of tea plantations. (It is also where Trail 6 ends.)

For a small entrance fee, visitors are allowed to wander up and down the tea plantations, get up close and personal with the plants, and take as many photos as they want. If you get lucky, you might also see workers in the process of irrigating these plants.

Cameron Valley Tea House is unquestionably the best place for photography in Cameron Highlands!

8. Visit the Buddhist Sam Poh Temple

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Sam Poh Temple is located on a hill overlooking Brinchang. As the 4th biggest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, Sam Poh Temple features numerous statues of Buddhist deities, including a large temple of Lord Buddha.

The temple welcomes visitors of any belief, and anyone can enjoy the quaint architecture and serenity a Buddhist temple offers. Monks and other residents live in the temple, so it is important to be respectful when visiting.

If you are into temples, you must visit the nearby cave temples in Ipoh. Those cave temples are nestled in the limestone hills and will amaze you!

It is free to enter Sam Poh Temple.

9. Check Out The Indoor Cactus Park At Cactus Point


If you are traveling Malaysia on a budget, Cactus Point is a free attraction in Cameron Highlands you cannot miss. Its expansive greenhouse not only features a huge variety of cacti, but other plants for visitors to check out.

The plants are arranged neatly row by row, and their geometrical intricateness creates the perfect photo-taking opportunity. If you are interested in purchasing your own cacti, you can get the small ones for as cheap as 2 RM!

Though you won’t be able to spend a long time here, it is worth making a short stop to check out what they have! 

10. Try Some Fresh Honey At Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm


If you are not sure where to go in Cameron Highlands, spend some time at Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm, one of Cameron Highlands’ best bee farms.

The farm features a nice little garden where visitors can stroll through and observe the little hard bee workers at work. When you are tired from walking around the garden, head over to their gift shop where they sell locally made honey.

Honey has many known health benefits, so don’t miss your chance to snatch some quality ones for low prices at the Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm.

The bee farm is free to enter.

11. Reminisce at the Time Tunnel


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Have you ever wanted to take a glimpse into the past? To reminisce about your childhood or wonder what your parents or grandparents’ daily lives were? Here at the Time Tunnel, you can!

Featuring lots of items and artifacts from the 40s to the 80s, this quirky museum is one of the best places to go in Cameron Highlands. Information about Malaysia before its independence from Great Britain is detailed along the walls of this museum, perfect for anyone that wants to know more about Malaysia’s rough history.

The museum also contains pictures of Cameron Highlands back in the day, and it is astonishing to see the transformation that has happened.

If you are a history-lover, you will find the Time Tunnel to be your favorite place to visit in Camron Highlands. If you are not, it will still surely evoke a sense of nostalgia!

The entrance cost of the Time Tunnel is 6 RM.

12. Check Out The Local Produce At Pasar Pagi Kea Farm (Farmers’ Market)


If you are planning to visit Cameron Highlands, a stroll down Pasar Pagi Kea Farm is a must. Featuring many local produce, souvenirs, street food, and other merchandise, this local market might seem like a tourist trap at first. However, many locals in the area often shop in these local markets, thus offering glimpses into their daily lives.

The most popular product in Cameron Highlands is its freshly grown strawberries. These sweet little red delicacies can be considered a luxurious item in Cameron Highlands, as the prices for them are unreasonably high. That doesn’t stop local or international tourists from trying this delicious locally-grown fruit!

13. Cool Down At The Lata Iskander Waterfall


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Is the weather in Cameron Highlands too hot for you? Why not cool down in a swimmable waterfall?

Located about an hour away Tanah Rata, Lata Iskander waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in the Cameron Highlands area. Though there are some waterfalls in town such as Robinson Falls and Parit Fall, they are often quite dirty and filled with litter. It is worth spending the extra time venturing out of town.

This small waterfall is the perfect place to relax, especially with family. Kids can enjoy the fresh cool water while parents sit in the adjacent restaurants with a drink in their hands.

For travelers that are coming from Kuala Lumpur or Ipoh, chances are you will pass by Lata Iskander waterfall. Stop by for a short break and enjoy this natural beauty!

14. Take A Day Trip To Ipoh, A Quaint Little City


Located 2 hours away from Cameron Highlands is Ipoh, one of the quaintest cities in Malaysia. Known for its rich Hakka history, delicious local food, and internationally recognized white coffee, Ipoh is a small city with many things to do.

Though we recommend you to spend several days exploring Ipoh, a day trip to Ipoh is a good way to introduce yourself to the richness of this historic city. Plenty of cheap hotels are available in the Old Town and New Town, so staying for a few days to wander around does not have to be expensive.

If you are visiting Ipoh from Cameron Highlands, you won’t have that much time. There are some notable attractions in Ipoh that you cannot miss, namely the picturesque Concubine Lane, the stunning street arts and murals, and the cave temples that are scattered on the outskirts of town.

15. Smell The Roses At Rose Valley


Even if you are in Malaysia for a short trip, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Luckily for you, there is a rose garden located just right outside the town of Brinchang.

The Rose Valley features a variety of roses as well as many various types of plants. As you walk by each different species of rose, notice the distinct scent that each gives off. It is the perfect way to appreciate nature and properly calm down.

Besides its luring scent, the arrangement of the roses creates a beautiful landscape. Bring a nice traveling camera and make sure you take lots of photos!

However, don’t expect to spend hours here though because the place isn’t exactly huge. Besides checking out the roses, there really isn’t anything worth seeing here.

The entrance fee to the Rose Valley is 5RM.

16. Visit The Lavender Farm!


One of the best things to do in Cameron Highlands is to visit the popular Cameron Lavender Garden. 

A dainty garden known for its breath-taking lavender and lavender-flavored ice cream, it is no surprise why this is such a big tourist attraction. Many say that the lavender ice cream is a bigger attraction than the garden itself! Whether that is true or not, that is up to you to find out.

The garden features many amazing photo opportunities, whether you are traveling solo, as a couple, or even as a family. 

The entrance cost for adults is 10 RM and for children is 7 RM. When you are tired strolling down their beautiful garden, you can grab a snack from their cafe or check out their souvenir shop!

Places In Cameron Highlands You Might Want To Reconsider Visiting

It is without a doubt that Cameron Highlands has become one of the top places to visit in Malaysia. As a result, many merchants will see this as a money-making opportunity, often time neglecting their property.

Here are the places in Cameron Highlands we do not recommend visiting, especially if you only have a short trip like a day in Cameron Highlands.

1. Cameron Highland Butterfly Farm


Cameron Highland Butterfly Farm is unquestionably one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cameron Highlands. However, we decided not to visit based on the negative reviews we read online.

Visitors have left reviews saying that even though the Butterfly Farm does feature various beautiful butterflies, many of them are in terrible health, some are even dead. Besides the butterflies, the Butterfly Farm also contains a mini zoo, where animals such as kangaroos, scorpions, and raccoons look neglected.

We can’t say for sure if these reviews are true, because we haven’t been there. Reading reviews like those made us not want to support an organization that appears to neglect its animals. The entrance to the Butterfly Farm is 10 RM.

2. Parit Fall (Thompson Fall)

Thompson-Fall Parit Fall

Parit Fall, sometimes also called the Thomspon Falls, is a small waterfall in Cameron Highlands. It is one of the best things to do in Tanah Rata because this waterfall is very close to the town center. Though it is within close proximity to the town, the waterfall is still surrounded by the lushness Cameron Highlands is known for. 

So why would you not visit?

Because the place is completely littered with trash. Plastic bottles, styrofoam boxes, and miscellaneous trash contaminate the freshness of the water, destroying a seemingly beautiful location. If the rubbish ever gets picked up, Parit Fall will become one of the best Cameron Highlands attractions.

3. Cameron Highlands Trail No.9

Not all trails are created equal in Cameron Highlands. Trails such as Trail No.1, Trail No.10, and Trail No.6 are safe and stunning, but others like Trail 9 can be the opposite.

Though trail No.9 visit the Robinson Falls, the trail is known to be overgrown and filled with fallen trees. The trail also has a history of robberies and muggings, as well as attacks by aggressive dogs. Whether these events are interlinked or not, we decided not to investigate.

Until we hear better reviews about Cameron Highlands Trail No.9, we recommend that you avoid it. 

Getting Around Cameron Highlands

If you look at the map of Cameron Highlands, you will notice that the things to do in Cameron Highlands are quite far apart. This situation makes it extremely difficult for any tourists that are backpacking Malaysia or traveling without their own vehicle.

How do you overcome this problem?

The easiest way is to just hire a taxi by the hour/day. Negotiate with the driver and tell them which attractions you would like to visit, then just hop in the taxi and have your private driver take you around for a day. Taxis are located at the Tanah Rata Bus Terminal or you can flag them down in the street.

The next possible solution is to hire a car or a motorbike, and we did the latter. If you do decide to rent a car, you might have to do so in Ipoh. We did not see any car rental agencies in Tanah Rata. On the other hand, renting a scooter is as easy as cake in Cameron Highlands. We rented a scooter here for 80 RM for 24 hours, and it was just enough to see the places we wanted to see.

The last option is taking a tour in Cameron Highlands, which we will talk more about down below.


Tours In Cameron Highlands

Tours in Cameron Highlands are far from lacking, especially in Tanah Rata. Everywhere you go, you can find kiosks on the side of the street selling day tours or half-day tours. Most of these tour companies sell the exact same day tour and half-day tours, so it is really about finding a good price.

Though we have not taken a tour in Cameron Highlands, we have heard great reviews about ECO Cameron Travel & Tours. They are fairly priced and the tour often comes with a good tour guide.

If you are on a short visit to Cameron Highlands, a tour is the best way to go sightseeing in Cameron Highlands because it maximizes your time!

If you want to take a day tour from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands, here are some tours we recommend:

Where To Stay In Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

If this is your first time in Cameron Highlands, you might be confused as to where to stay. Cameron Highlands consists of two towns: Brinchang and Tanah Rata.

Tanah Rata is a quaint walkable town with lots of affordable hotels and eateries. Tanah Rata is also where most foreign tourists stay as the bus terminal is located there. I personally recommend staying in Tanah Rata if you are visiting Cameron Highlands.

Brinchang, though a little more well-equipped, doesn’t feel like a nice relaxing town in the mountains. There is plenty of traffic and the town is hard to get around on foot. Though the top things to do in Cameron Highlands are located closer to Brinchang, I still wouldn’t recommend staying here.

Here are my hotel recommendations in Tanah Raa, Cameron Highlands.

Best Hostel in Cameron Highlands- Traveller Bunker Hostel

If you are a backpacker in Cameron Highlands, you are in luck. Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata especially, is filled with amazing and affordable hostels. The one that we highly recommend is the Traveller Bunker Hostel.

Featuring capsule-style beds where each bed contains its own fan, power supply, and hanger, guests can properly relax after a long day. When you are not relaxing in your comfortable bed, you can hang out in the common area, the perfect place to meet travelers from around the world.

The hostel is also located a 5-minute walk from the Tanah Rata Bus Station!

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Best Cheap Hotel in Cameron Highlands- Arundina Cameron Highlands

Arundina Cameron Highlands is one of my favorite cheap hotels in Cameron Highlands. A non-pretentious hotel with comfortable rooms and a peaceful garden, guests will surely find themselves at ease.

The rooms are well-equipped and most of them have a balcony that overlooks Tanah Rata, perfect for watching the sunset. Though it might appear that this hotel is far away from town, it is actually within a few-minute walk from the center of Tanah Rata.

Privacy, comfort, convenience, price, all checked!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Cameron Highlands- Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands

If you are looking for a luxurious experience in Cameron Highlands, you must not overlook Cameron Highlands’ most impressive hotel: Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands.

A fancy hotel nestled into nature, Century Pines Resort has free breakfast, a well-equipped gym, large rooms, fancy decor, and very friendly staff. The hotel is also located a short 5-minute walk from the town center, so guests aren’t deprived of the action.

Though if you were staying at the Century Pines Resort, you might be tempted to just stay in the hotel and indulge in luxury!

Click here for more information!

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5 BEST Ipoh Cave Temples You Cannot Miss On Your Trip!

5 BEST Ipoh Cave Temples You Cannot Miss On Your Trip!

Majestic, mysterious, and fascinating, these are three words to describe the famous cave temples in Ipoh.

It is a no-brainer that a visit to these incredible Ipoh attractions is a must on any Malaysia trip.

However, with around 30 cave temples near Ipoh, it is difficult to decide which ones are worth your time.

In our Ipoh blog post, we have handpicked 5 of our favorite Ipoh cave temples!


Ipoh Cave Temples Map

The interactive map above details the location of the cave temples we will be discussing. On the top left corner is a toggle that will allow you to see more details.

Because the cave temples are located far from the center of Ipoh, knowing their location will help you plan your Ipoh itinerary

Best Cave Temples In Ipoh

1. Perak Tong Cave Temple

Perak Tong Cave Temple is the most famous cave temple in Ipoh and it’s not difficult to see why.

The moment you arrive at the complex, you are greeted by a beautiful staircase that leads to a gorgeous red and white temple. The temple sits at the bottom of a massive limestone hill, and it is also the entrance to the famous Perak Tong Cave Temple.

Before you go in, don’t forget to take a cool photo at the entrance. The stairs and the colorful facade of the temple create the perfect Instagram photo! They reminded me of the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.

The admission fee for all cave temples in Ipoh is free. However, donations are greatly appreciated to help maintain the conditions of these amazing places in Ipoh.

Once you have entered the cave temple, you will begin to see what the rave is about. Immediately you will notice the giant 15-meter tall Budhha sitting amidst the statues of guardian deities.

On the walls directly adjacent to the Buddha are paintings of other Buddhist deities and mythical creatures such as dragons and phoenixes.

If you thought the murals and street art in Penang and Ipoh are amazing, these religious paintings inside the Perak Tong Cave Temple will leave you breathless.

Though a very tall cave, it doesn’t take a long time to explore all of it. After spending about 15 to 20 minutes seeing the different religious artifacts, Chinese calligraphy, and well-crafted statues, head towards the rear of the cave.

In the rear of the cave is a set of stairs that leads an opening in the back. For anyone that would like to get a panoramic view of the suburban parts of Ipoh, there is a path with over 300 steps that take you to a vantage point. The climb isn’t exactly difficult but it can be given the climate of Malaysia.

In my opinion, visiting the Perak Cave Temple and not climbing to the top for that unique view is just a waste!

How To To Perak Tong Cave Temple: Perak Tong Cave Temple is located in the north of Ipoh, fairly far from the center of Ipoh. Though there is a bus that passes by the entrance of the complex, I highly advise taking a taxi or using a taxi-hailing app such as Grab. It is affordable and much quicker!

History: Every Ipoh cave temple has some sort of history, and the Perak Cave Temple is no exception. In 1926, the cave was discovered by a married couple from China.

With the approval of the state government, the husband started planning the development of the cave temple while his wife sought monetary assistance. After more than 50 years of hard work, the cave temple became one of the best attractions in Malaysia.

2. Kek Lok Tong (Cave of Ultimate Bliss)

Kek Lok Tong, or “Cave of Ultimate Bliss”, is unquestionably my favorite cave temple in Ipoh. Why? Let me explain.

When you arrive at Kek Lok Tong, you aren’t greeted with a beautiful temple like Perak Tong. Instead, it is quite the opposite. A huge gaping hole on the foot of a limestone hill awaits you, like a giant rock monster waiting to swallow you whole.

Don’t let this intimidate you. The interior of the cave is filled with marvelous geological formations, paintings, decorations, and altars. Take some time and admire the stunning stalagmites and stalactites. Their massive and jagged features create an unworldly feeling, almost as if you were on an alien planet.

On quiet days, it is possible to hear the sound of a water drop reverberate inside this half-Buddhist and half-Taoist cave temple.

Honestly, after seeing the extraordinary cave at Kek Lok Tong, I was content and ready to head home. However, this is not where the story ends.

At the rear of the cave is a massive opening that leads to an award-winning Zen garden. Did I know what a Zen garden is? No. Am I glad I had to chance to experience it? Yes. If there is a part of the cave that brings “ultimate bliss”, it is the Zen garden in the back. 

A tranquil garden surrounded by the incredible limestone hills of the region, Kek Lok Tong is the picture-perfect location. Featuring many interesting Buddhist statues, a lotus pond, and the opportunity to go boating on the river (only in peak season), the Zen garden in Kek Lok Tong is a tourist attraction on its own.

If you like to stay fit while traveling, the well-maintained jogging path that surrounds the lakes is a popular spot for jogging in the morning. You might even see locals enjoying other physical activities, such as badminton. Surprisingly, Kek Lok Tong is a top location for exercising!

Though you can spend 30 minutes to see the entire place, it is very peaceful to just sit and admire the breath-taking landscapes. Read a book, take a deep breath in, and feel the stress leaving your body. The Zen Garden will provide you with an experience unlike any other!

How To Get To Kek Lok Tong: Kek Lok Tong is a short 10-minute drive from the Ipoh center, where the majority of the best and cheap hotels in Ipoh are located. I do not recommend you to walk or take public transportation, as Kek Lok Tong is located in a fairly inaccessible area. 

History: Kek Lok Tong was a place of worship since the 1920s. However, in the 1960s, parts of the cave were excavated for mining activities. Mining ceased in the 1970s and the place slowly regained the popularity and visitors it once had. Nowadays, it is one of the most famous attractions in Malaysia.

3. Sam Poh Tong (Three Buddhas Cave)

Founded in the 1890s, Sam Poh Tong is considered as the oldest temple in the Perak region of Malaysia. It is also considered as one of the biggest cave temples in Malaysia.

With so many textbook achievements, we were sad to find that it wasn’t as impressive as the Perak Tong Cave Temple or the Kek Lok Tong Temple. That is partially because the other temples were absolutely stunning.

At the front of the Sam Poh Tong is one of its most impressive features, a beautifully landscaped garden surrounding a large koi pond. The pond is decorated with artificial rocks that resemble miniature mountains.

Rumors have it that this garden won an award for being the most beautiful garden in Malaysia in 1993. Though it is beautiful, I personally would not consider this to be on an award-winning tier.

After passing through the garden you will arrive at the entrance of the cave temple. The cave structure is much smaller compared to that of Kek Lok Tong or Perak Tong Cave Temple.

Inside you will find stalagmites, stalactites, and statues of Budhha and other Chinese deities. In general, the cave felt very run-down.

Many visitors miss the rear of the cave, where a beautiful Japanese-style pagoda and the turtle pond are located. The towering cliffs surrounding the rear part of the temple create a unique environment. Visitors can also feed or release turtles, and doing so is said to balance one’s karma.

The pagoda is not allowed for entry.

How To Get To Sam Poh Tong: The Sam Poh Tong Temple is located 5 kilometers south of Ipoh in Gunung Rapat, so it is recommended that you arrive by car or a taxi. 

History: It is said that Sam Poh Tong was founded by a monk in 1890. He decided to make the cave his home and a place for meditation. He remained in the cave until he died. After his death, many other monks and nuns continued using that cave and eventually built a temple in the 1950s.

4. Ling Sen Tong (Rock of Heavenly Spirits)

When you arrive at Ling Sen Tong, you might ask yourself, “Is this really a temple?” Featuring colorful architecture and whimsical human-size statues, it certainly feels a little bit like an amusement park. If you traveling in Malaysia with kids, the Ling Sen Tong is a great place to bring them.

The garden is decorated with statues of various characters from Chinese folklore and mythology, including the Monkey King, Guan Yin, and the 12 Chinese Zodiacs.

It might be tempting to take out your camera the moment you arrive here, and that is fine. Just be respectful and don’t forget that this is a place of worship.

The area of temple grounds is very small and it shouldn’t take you a long time to explore. Wander around and make sure you check out the tortoise pond in the rear. Tortoises are symbols of longevity and very common in Chinese temples. 

On the second floor of the building you will find joss sticks and a great view of the garden down below!

How To Get To Ling Sen Tong: Ling  Sen Tong, along with Nam Thean Tong and Sam Poh Tong, are located adjacent to each other about 5 kilometers from Ipoh center. It is recommended to drive or take a taxi.

5. GuanYin Cave (Kwan Yin Tong Temple/ Goddess of Mercy Cave)

If you just cannot get enough of cave temples, then the last one I would recommend is the Guan Yin Cave (sometimes referred to as Kwan Yin Tong).

A cave temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, you will see the statues before you enter the cave. And what can you find inside the cave temple? More Guan Yin statues. If I were to count how many Guan Yin statues are in that cave, I might still be there.

The temple is well-decorated with color and paintings of other deities and mythical creatures, such as dragons and phoenixes. Along with the lanterns that dot the premise, they create a very picturesque and peaceful scene.

The Guan Yin Cave Temple itself is not too big, and it is a great addition if you have extra time on your Ipoh temple exploration journey!

How To Get To Guan Yin Cave: The Guan Yin Cave is located at foot of Gunung Rapat on Jalan Gopeng, about 5 kilometers from the center of Ipoh.  Like most of the cave temples on this list, a car or a taxi is recommended.

Where To Stay In Ipoh, Malaysia

Best Hostel in Ipoh- De Cafe & Rest House

If you are looking for a hostel in Ipoh with great comfort, amazing security, and within walking distance to pretty much everything, then look no further. De Cafe & Rest House is one of the best hostels in Ipoh and it is easy to see why.

Their capsule-style beds offer great comfort and privacy. Their cafe provides guests with a convenient location to enjoy some amazing food. They are also located a 10-minute walk from the bus station!

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Best Budget Hotel in Ipoh- D Eastern Hotel

Find the perfect budget hotel in Ipoh might be daunting because there are so many choices. There are so many criteria to consider: security, comfort, location, and more. 

D Eastern Hotel provides spacious rooms at an affordable price. Located in the New Town of Ipoh, the best attractions in Ipoh, convenience stores, and eateries are on your doorstep. For a cheap price, you can also enjoy their amazing breakfast buffet!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Ipoh- The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat

If a visit to the cave temples in Ipoh is not enough, what about staying in a hotel that is surrounded by limestone hills? 

The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat is one of the most luxurious hotels in Ipoh. Featuring geothermal hot springs, steam caves, and hot baths, guests can probably relax after a day of exploring Ipoh’s cave temples.

The accommodation boasts an amazing natural vibe, perfect for any travelers that love spending time in a lush environment.

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This is the end of our guide on the best Ipoh cave temples! We hope you get the chance to visit some of the ones we recommended!

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The PERFECT Ipoh Itinerary: Ipoh Day Trip, 2 or 3 Day Itinerary!

The PERFECT Ipoh Itinerary: Ipoh Day Trip, 2 or 3 Day Itinerary!

Planning a trip to Ipoh, Malaysia?

Though a small city compared to Kuala Lumpur, there are still many awesome attractions in Ipoh. Visiting Ipoh without a planned itinerary can lead to much unforeseen waste of time (Speaking from firsthand experience).

From our experience, we have created the perfect Ipoh itinerary for anyone taking a day trip to Ipoh or spending a few days there.


Is A Day Trip To Ipoh Enough?

If you are planning an Ipoh trip, you must wonder how many days is required to see the best attractions in Ipoh. After all, if you could see everything on an Ipoh day trip, why would you want to spend more than 1 day in Ipoh?

The truth is… yes, you can see all the main tourist attractions in Ipoh in just 1 day! But would I recommend it? No. Why? Because visiting Ipoh on a day trip requires cramming in many things, so much that the trip itself might not even be enjoyable anymore.

It requires you to wake up very early in the morning and see the cave temples in the surrounding Perak region. Then it requires you to brave the debilitating Malaysian heat to visit the attractions in the Old Town and New Town of Ipoh. Obviously, if you are located near Ipoh and are used to the heat, an one day trip to Ipoh is more feasible.

My personal recommendation is to spend a few days in Ipoh, ideally a weekend. 2 or 3 days in Ipoh is the ideal amount of time to enjoy this historical place leisurely. You can even take a day trip to Cameron Highlands for a more nature-filled trip! The tea plantations and strawberry farms there are absolutely stunning!

Ipoh One Day Trip Itinerary

The first Ipoh itinerary we will talk about is the Ipoh one day trip. This is for visitors who are planning on taking a day trip to Ipoh or only spending one day in the city.


Aim to arrive in Ipoh as early as possible, ideally around 8 AM. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, it takes about 2.5 hours by car. If you are coming from Penang, it takes about 2 hours. Yes, that means leaving at around 6 AM!

Why are we arriving so early in Ipoh? Because you want to start your day trip in Ipoh right by having the famous Ipoh white coffee. For anyone that doesn’t know what that is, it is the coffee that put Ipoh on the map as one of the best coffee towns in the world.

In fact, the coffee in Ipoh is so amazing that Lonely Planet has named Ipoh one of the top 3 coffee towns in Asia!

Ipoh’s white coffee is much sweeter and lighter than the regular kind, perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!

There are several cafes in Ipoh known for their white coffee. The two  I recommend are Sin Yoon Loong and Nam Heong White Coffee. Though Nam Heong White Coffee is a little more popular, Sin Yoon Loong still follows the original recipe! Don’t forget to grab some breakfast here as well. The food in Ipoh is some of the best and cheapest in Malaysia!

After a refreshing white coffee and some tasty breakfast, it is time to visit some of the most interesting places in Ipoh: the caves temples.

In the Perak region where Ipoh is located, there are over 30 different cave temples. With so many different options, it is difficult to decide which ones to go to, especially if you only have 1 day in Ipoh.

Luckily, you are reading our Ipoh blog post!

The best cave temples in Ipoh are Perak Tong Cave Temple, Sam Poh Tong Temple, and Kek Lok Tong. You cannot go wrong with visiting any of them. I recommend visiting at least 2 of the 3 cave temples I listed above.

Take your time and admire the geological formations, the intriguing religious artifacts, and just enjoy the unworldly feeling of being in a cave temple!

Another unique attraction in Ipoh is Kellie’s Castle. An abandoned European-style castle built by a Scot, this unfinished building is rumored to be haunted!


After spending your morning on the outskirts of Ipoh, it is time to head back into town. If you are like me, then you are probably going to be hungry. Don’t worry, I know just the perfect spot for lunch in Ipoh!

Besides white coffee, Ipoh is also famous for another dish: the bean sprouts chicken rice. If you judge it by its name, you will never expect this simple dish to be so impactful. Its ingredients are awfully plain and honestly, I had low expectations before trying it on my Ipoh trip.

However, what they don’t tell you is how well-prepared it is. The bean sprouts are seasoned perfectly and cooked to the proper crispiness. The chicken’s texture is soft but composed enough that the meat isn’t mushy. Every bite into the chicken is juicy, and the flavor is savory but not too much.

No wonder why this authentic Chinese dish has survived the test of time!

Many Chinese restaurants in Ipoh New Town sell the famous Ipoh chicken rice, but the best one I had was at Lou Wong, a restaurant that has existed for ages. Their chicken rice with bean sprouts is affordable and fresh!

After your delicious lunch in Ipoh, it is time to explore the town! Because there are so many things to do in Ipoh and so little time, I will only highlight the places you must visit!

1. Learn About The History of Tin Mining In Ipoh at Han Chin Pet Soo Museum

Ipoh has a rich history and it is difficult to grasp all of it on a short trip. The Han Chin Pet Soo Museum is the perfect place in Ipoh to start learning more about how the town became what it is today.

It talks about the early history of Ipoh when it was mostly a tin mining town. Information about the early Hakka miners and their lifestyles are also documented in the museum.

The best part about the Han Chin Pet Soo Museum? It is free and comes with a tour guide! However, there is a suggested donation of 10 Malaysian Ringgit to preserve this historical building.

You must reserve your spot on their official site before arriving. Note that the last 2 sessions of the day are at 2 PM and 3:30 PM. Han Chin Pet Soo Museum is closed on Mondays.

2. Ipoh Street Art and Murals

Everyone that travels to Malaysia knows that Penang is the city for graffiti, but we were surprised to find so many cool street art and murals in Ipoh as well.

Street arts and murals fill the streets of both the Old Town and New Town of Ipoh, and it is nearly impossible to not just randomly stumble upon them.

The amazing thing about Ipoh street arts and murals is that they are not just about anything. Usually, they often depict the daily lives of the residents of Ipoh, offering glimpses of their lifestyle and history.

Travelers can find a large concentration of Ipoh street art at Ipoh Mural and Mural’s Art Lane.

The one mural you absolutely cannot miss is trishaw 3D mural. It is one of the most magical places for photography in Ipoh!

3. Concubine Lane

If there is one thing to do in Ipoh, it is to visit the Concubine Lane. Why? Because this place summarizes Ipoh in just one tiny street.

The Concubine Lane was a street that the mining tycoon Yau Tet Shin gave to one of his three wives. The wife would make money by collecting taxes and profits from the vendors on her street. Yau Tet Shin gave 2 more streets to his 2 other wives, namely Hale Lane and Second Concubine Lane, though they are not as lively as the Concubine Lane.

Nowadays, restored historical buildings are lined up on the side of the street. Buildings that were once used for brothels and other illegal activities have now become cafes, restaurants, and shops.

As one of the most popular places to visit in Ipoh, Concubine Lane can get very crowded. If it is possible, avoid visiting on the weekend or you will learn the concept of “invasion of personal space.”

4. Ipoh Railway Station

The Ipoh Railway Station is one of the most iconic landmarks in Ipoh. Locals love this building so much that they call it the Taj Mahal of Ipoh. One of the best hotels in Ipoh, the Majestic Hotel, is built inside the railway station. (Note: The hotel is under renovation until 2023.)

The beautiful transportation hub is used by travelers daily and has connections to many big cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

To see the Ipoh Railway Station at its finest state, you must visit at sunset. The golden hues of the sunset emphasize the colors of the building, making it more beautiful than it already is. In fact, the Ipoh Railway Station is one of my favorite places to watch the sunset (the other being Bukit Kledang but that involves a hike).

After the sun has set, there is a routine evening water show. Though it cannot compare to the one next to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, it is a relaxing thing to do in Ipoh at night.

Though it is technically a water show, it doesn’t stop locals or travelers from jumping in the cold soothing waters!


If you are on a day trip to Ipoh, you might need to return home after sunset. If you are not rushed on time, then head to Tong Sui Kai and enjoy some delicious street food from the local hawker stalls. Translating to “Dessert Street”, the name Tong Sui Kai can be a little misleading because it doesn’t only contain dessert vendors!

A wide variety of cuisine can be found in the small Tong Sui Kai: Malay, Chinese, and more. You can find delicious snacks, desserts, and complete meals here for low prices. Don’t try to come here in the day because Tong Sui Kai opens at 6 PM! 

If you are staying in Ipoh and have energy left after dinner, make sure you enjoy Ipoh’s nightlife. Bricks & Barrels and Fei Bo are two great places to get a drink! Expect to meet locals when you visit the latter because it is in a more local area!

2 Days In Ipoh Itinerary

Our 2 day Ipoh itinerary will contain the same activities in the Ipoh day trip itinerary and more. Instead of rushing everything in one day and skimming the surfaces of the attractions, you can spend an adequate amount of time to fully grasp their significance.

With the extra time, make sure you visit all of the cave temples we mentioned above: Sam Poh Tong, Perak Cave Temple, and Kek Lok Tong. If you are a big fan of Chinese mythology, I would also add Ling Sen Tong onto that list. Don’t forget about Kellie’s Castle as well! (I would recommend doing temples on one morning and then doing Kellie’s Castle the next morning).

If the weather is too hot, especially at midday, you can take a break at your accommodation, a cafe, or a shopping mall. From 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, the sun is like a biological weapon that melts you like butter.

With the extra time, you can add a few more attractions to your Ipoh itinerary.

I would personally recommend a visit to the BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh bookstore. Using old bank vaults to display their merchandise, BookXcess Kong Heng is one of the most unique book stores in the world.

History lovers should allot themselves 2.5 to 3 hours to explore the Ipoh Heritage Trail. A self-guided trail with 27 points of interest in Ipoh, participators will come out with a newfound understanding of Ipoh and its history.

The trail starts at the famous Ipoh Railway Station and ends at the Birch Memorial, bypassing many notable landmarks in Ipoh such as the Town Hall and Old Post Office.

Find out more about the Ipoh Heritage Trail here!

Besides Ipoh’s famous bean sprout chicken and white coffee, there is another dish you must try: Dim Sum. With the huge population of Chinese immigrants, the Chinese food in Ipoh is just as authentic as places like Hong Kong and Southern China.

There are many great Chinese restaurants in Ipoh, but the ones I recommend for dim sum are Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum and Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum. The latter is a little far away from the town center but the trip is worth it!

Dim Sum is a breakfast or lunch thing, don’t expect to find any dim sum at night!

3 Days In Ipoh Itinerary

3 days in Ipoh is perfect for any travelers that like to take things slow. With that much time, travelers can see all the tourist attractions in Ipoh and possibly take a day trip to Cameron Highlands. 

Ipoh is a beautiful city but it is a busy city after all. There is noise, pollution, and almost no sense of peace.

Luckily, the lush area of Cameron Highlands is located a short 2-hour drive away. At over 1,000 meters higher than Ipoh in elevation, beautiful nature dominates the landscape. Anyone visiting from Ipoh will immediately find the pace much slower here, the air fresher, and the weather much more bearable. 

If you are taking a day trip to Cameron Highlands from Ipoh, you won’t be able to fully appreciates its beauty. I recommend staying a few days in Cameron Highlands!

There are still several notable attractions in Camera Highlands you can visit on a day trip.

One of the biggest tea plantations in Malaysia, BOH Tea Centre, offers tours of their tea processing facility as well as close contact with the tea plants themselves. The maze of tea plants is almost as beautiful as the rice paddies in Sekinchan in the western part of the Malay Peninsula.

The Big Red Strawberry Farm offers strawberry picking, a cafe, and a gift shop. Due to the climate, the strawberries in Cameron Highlands are some of the best in the world. They do, however, come with a heavy price tag (even for western standards). The strawberry milkshake at their cafe is very delicious and worth a try!

The Mossy Forest is considered one of the top things to do in Cameron Highlands, as the peculiar environment is the home to many unique species of plants and trees. However, the path to the entrance of the Mossy Forest is treacherous and requires a 4×4. If you have the utmost burning desire to go, you can find tours in Brinchang or Tanah Rata in Cameron Highlands.

If you have more time, there is an endless amount of places to visit in Cameron Highlands!

Where To Stay In Ipoh, Malaysia

Best Hostel in Ipoh- De Cafe & Rest House

If you are looking for an affordable hostel in the center of Ipoh, look no further. De Cafe & Rest House offers comfortable capsule-style beds on gender-separated floors. At the entrance of the hostel is a cozy cafe that guests can dine in or have a cup of coffee. The accommodation is also within walking distance from everything!

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Best Budget Hotel in Ipoh- D Eastern Hotel

With so many budget hotels in Ipoh, finding the right one can be difficult. Luckily, D Eastern Hotel makes deciding much easier. Featuring comfortable big rooms at a low price, guests can enjoy great comfort without breaking the bank. The hotel is located in the New Town of Ipoh, with many eateries and things to do nearby!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Ipoh- The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat

The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat is the ultimate luxury hotel in Ipoh. Nestled in the stunning limestone hills of the Perak region, guests can relax and promote their wellbeing with their ice baths, steam caves, and geothermal hot springs.

However, it is located a little far away from the center of town. Having your own vehicle is a must if you decide to stay in this luxurious accommodation. 

Click here for more details!

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This concludes our suggested Ipoh itineraries! I hope this guide helped you determine how what to do in Ipoh and how many days to spend!

Any question? Leave them in the comments!

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7 Best Budget Hotels In Ipoh For Your Next Trip!

7 Best Budget Hotels In Ipoh For Your Next Trip!

Looking for a cheap hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia?

Luckily for you, there are plenty of affordable hotels in Ipoh. Whether you are traveling solo or with family, there is an Ipoh accommodation that is right for you.

Below we have outlined our favorite budget hotels in Ipoh. The majority of these accommodations are located in New Town or Old Town of Ipoh, which are the ideal places to stay if you want to visit the best attractions in Ipoh. Visitors also tend to stay here if they are planning to travel via the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (Ipoh Airport).

We also outlined the best hotels in Ipoh next to the Amajaya Terminal, perfect for anyone traveling on the bus.

Without further ado, here is our list of budget-friendly hotels in Ipoh!

Best Budget Hotels In Ipoh, Malaysia

M Boutique Hotel is the definition of luxury and affordability. Though not one of the cheapest hotels in Ipoh, its fairly low price and great value-for-money earns it a spot on our list of cheap hotels in Ipoh.

Unlike most hotels in Ipoh that just offer you a bed and a bathroom, M Boutique Hotel is more than that. The moment you walk into this boutique hotel, you will be intrigued by its interior decor. Located in a city where houses are usually old and rustic, the contemporary design of this hotel is refreshing.

M Boutique Hotel Ipoh has 3 thematic floors and 5 different types of rooms. The three themes are The Adventure theme, The Majestic theme, and the Excelsior theme. There is a decor perfect for any traveler.

The hotel also features a gym, self-service laundry, a cafe, and the Old Town Coffee Grand, one of the best places to try Ipoh’s famous white coffee.

M Boutique Hotel is unquestionably one of the best hotels in Ipoh.

Price: $$$ (Cheap, but not cheap for Ipoh)

Rating: 8.6

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  • Stylish Interior Decor Not Usually Found In A Cheap Hotel
  • Free Laundry And Gym
  • Delicious Breakfast (Included For Certain Rooms)
  • Good Location (Close To Ipoh Center) 


  • A Little More Expensive Than Other Options

If you are looking for a standard cheap hotel in one of the best places to stay in Ipoh, then look no further. Hotel Cheqinn is located in the New Town of Ipoh, one of the prime locations for sightseeing. The Old Town of Ipoh is only about a 15-minute walk away.

If you are looking for some good food in Ipoh, Hotel Cheqinn is located on Dim Sum Street and many dining options are nearby.

The hotel itself isn’t spectacular, but given the price point, you don’t expect it to be. It does have the basic amenities and will guarantee you a good night’s sleep. It is clean with spacious and comfortable beds. There is hot water in the shower and good water pressure. What more do you expect? 

Price: $

Rating: 8.4

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  • Affordable
  • Clean and Comfortable
  • Great Dining Options Nearby


  • 15-Minute Walk From Old Town Of Ipoh

D Eastern Hotel is the perfect hotel in Ipoh for anyone looking for spaciousness and affordability. Featuring 3-person triple rooms and 4-person family room, D Eastern Hotel targets families and groups instead of couples. Though any couples might enjoy the extra space that comes with one of their 3-person rooms.

The hotel is strategically located on the eastern side of the Kinta River, just at the entrance of the new town of Ipoh. Old Town is only a short 10-minute walk away. Plenty of amazing eateries including the famous Ipoh bean sprouts chicken rice at Lou Wong is located less than 10 minutes away. 

If you are traveling to Ipoh as a group of 3 or more, D Eastern Hotel is the ideal budget hotel for you!

Price: $$

Rating: 8.4

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  • Spacious Rooms
  • Great Eateries Nearby
  • Rooms Perfect For Families


  • No Breakfast Option
  • Only Options for 3 or More People

Unlike the name suggests, the French Hotel doesn’t come with the French decor or luxury that it implies. However, it does come with affordability and spacious standard rooms. Here at the French Hotel, you will find a no-frills hotel for your Ipoh trip.

It is located in an amazing neighborhood in New Town surrounded by restaurants. Famous attractions in Ipoh Old Town such as the Concubine Lane is only a 10-minute walk.

The only thing that would stop me from staying here is spotty WiFi. As someone that works online, I would not advise staying at this budget hotel in Ipoh if you rely on fast WiFi.


  • Free Parking Provided
  • Spacious And Clean Rooms
  • Good Location


  • Spotty WiFi
  • No Breakfast Included

There are plenty of budget hotels in Ipoh, but Char Lodging Inn takes budget to another level. As you can see in the photos, the rooms are very basic. The decoration is very old-school and retro. It almost feels like the place was frozen in time.

You get what you pay for at Char Lodging Inn: 2 beds, 2 chairs, and a bathroom. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because you are just paying what you are using. It is the definition of value-for-money in my book.

It is also conveniently located a close 10-minute walk to Ipoh Old Town. Plenty of well-priced local restaurants are within close proximity to the hotel! 

Char Lodging Inn is the best place to stay in Ipoh if you are on a bare minimum budget.

Price: $

Rating: 8.4

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  • Super Budget-Friendly
  • Great Location
  • Spacious Rooms


  • Unstable WiFi
  • Bathroom Could Be Improved

Best Cheap Hotels In Ipoh Near Amanjaya Terminal (Ipoh Main Bus Station)

Amanjaya Terminal is the main bus station terminal in Ipoh. Many buses depart at Amanjaya to various destinations, including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Cameron Highlands, and more! Chances are if you are traveling to/from Ipoh by bus, you will pass by the Amanjaya Terminal.

Located an 8-minute walk from Amanjaya Terminal, Valya Hotel’s location cannot be more ideal. If you have an early bus ride or arrive in Ipoh late at night, the Valya Hotel is a good place to crash for a night.

The rooms are spacious and feature comfortable beds. The hotel also provides certain amenities such as shampoo, soap, towels, and etc, perfect for anyone on a short stay in Ipoh.

The nearby area is filled with restaurants, grocery stores, and even a proper shopping mall. Travelers will undoubtedly find a pleasant stay at this cheap hotel in Ipoh!

Price: $$

Rating: 8.4

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  • Affordable
  • Spacious Rooms
  • Short Walk to Amanjaya Terminal
  • Great Facilities Nearby


  • No Breakfast
  • No Parking For Guest

Sun Inns is one of the most recognized hotel chains in Malaysia for its affordability. The one next to Amanjaya Terminal is no exception. For as low as 13 USD (at the time of writing), you can get yourself a private room with 2 twins beds or one double bed.

Since this is a newly opened hotel (at the time of writing), many of the facilities are new and clean. The same cannot be said about this hotel a year or more from now. Some Sun Inns can be poorly maintained.

Sun Inns Meru Raya is located a 6-minute walk away from Terminal Amanjaya. For anyone that needs to catch a bus at inconvenient hours, Sun Inns Meru Raya’s low price makes it one of the best, if not the best place to stay in Ipoh. 

Price: $

Rating: 8.2

Check price here!


  • Super Cheap
  • 6-Minute Walk From Terminal Amanjaya
  • Neighborhood Is Full Of Shops


  • Spotty WiFi
  • No Breakfast

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Picking the perfect budget hotel in Ipoh is no easy task! I hope this list of hotels in Ipoh has given you a rough idea of which affordable accommodation is right for you! 

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