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Best Hikes with Toddlers or Babies Around the World

While we are big proponents of all kinds of travel with a baby or toddler, there are times when we look forward to a break from the cities. Getting out into nature and finding a place where we can get away from the hustle and bustle. A place where toddlers can explore more on their own and under a (less) watchful eye. That’s why we love to find incredible hikes with toddlers or babies around the world.

Baby friendly hikes are easier to find since most hikes are doable with a baby in a baby carrier, assuming the hike isn’t too technical. We share all the best baby carriers for hiking with a baby so you and baby are comfortable getting out on the hiking trails together.

Most hikes can be done with a toddler if you can convince your toddler to be carried for a large portion of the hike or have your toddler walk the flat portions of it.

Manarola Cinque Terre Italy with toddlers

For truly toddler friendly hikes we look for hiking trails that have fun elements and are relatively flat. We still often use a toddler carrier when hiking with toddlers for when little legs get tired. Here are our recommended backpack carriers for hiking with toddlers (we also include other toddler carriers if a hiking backpack carrier isn’t for  you).

The best way to find easy hikes is to use an app like AllTrails. This is a good idea any time you are taking a baby hiking, looking for short hikes or searching the best hikes for toddlers. You’ll get an idea of the elevation changes, difficulty level, distance and recent reviews from others who have been on the trail.

For stroller friendly hikes, look for trails that are relatively flat and wide. If you are lucky you might even find a few stroller walking trails that are paved like some of those listed in our Best Hikes with Toddler or Babies in the USA.

hiking with a baby in sedona Arizona

If you are new to hiking with a baby or a toddler, don’t worry. You can find all our tips for hiking with a baby here and even more tips for hiking with toddlers.

Finally, if you plan to travel with a hiking backpack carrier on a plane, we share our experience on flying with our Deuter Kid Comfort 3 on multiple occasions.

While we’ve done a lot of hiking around the world, we love to include experiences from other parents. We asked other parents just like us to share their favourite hikes with toddler and babies around the world and here is what they came up with:

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Best Hikes with Toddlers & Babies in Europe

Latemar Natura trail in Italy

Latemar Nature Trail in Italy

Submitted by Annabel of Smudged Postcard

We loved the Latemar Natura trail close to the village of Obereggen near Bolzano in northern Italy. The hike is around 3km long and has lots of fun attractions for young children and toddlers including special look out points, sculptures and installations. The trail is well maintained and suitable for buggies but most kids will love running along the pathways which travel through wooded areas as well as along the hillside with dramatic views of the valley below.

There are a few areas of the pathway which are a little bit steep but generally it is a fairly flat hike which most young children will be able to walk. There’s sufficient diversions to distract them from realizing the distance they’re travelling.

The hike begins at the Oberholz chairlift where there’s a restaurant, toilets and a play area.

The hike is a couple of hours from Lake Garda so if you’d like to combine a holiday on the lake with some time in the Dolomites with kids, this location is very convenient if you don’t want to drive too far.

Parco degli Acquedotti in Rome, Italy

Aqueduct Park in Rome with a baby or toddler

Submitted by Celine and Dan of Baby Can Travel

Here’s another one in Italy that your toddler can do all on their own. Aqueduct park, accessed by public transit from central Rome, is the perfect spot to let your toddler do some hiking. The trail is flat and you can go for as long as you want before turning back.

The trail is a dirt path that follows the aqueducts and it is narrow in parts, so it’s best to use a baby or toddler carrier rather than a stroller. You’ll find mostly joggers on this trail with the odd bike, so just keep an eye out. Once you are done with your walk, you can stop at a nearby playground before your return journey to Rome.

When visiting Rome with a baby or toddler, you’ll be glad to escape the crowds and bustle of the city if only for a morning. This is the perfect spot to get away, have a picnic and enjoy this incredible architecture and history.

Port Miou to Calanques Port Pin in France

Hiking in Calanque National Park France with a baby or toddler

Submitted by Sarah of Explore as a Family

The Port Miou to Calanques Port Pin in Calanques National Park is a manageable for kids of all ages, with the majority of the 2 km trail being fairly flat with hard packed gravel. We had our 10 week old and 2 year old in carriers but kids 4 and older would probably find it manageable to do on their own.

It took us about 45 minutes each way with the last stretch – the descent into the calanque – being the most precarious with some switchbacks and loose rocks. You would want to either have a carrier handy or ensure that your kids are being extra careful.

As you may imagine from the name there are lots of pine trees that provide shade along the way. As with all the hikes you will want to pack lots of water, a sun hat and sunscreen, sturdy shoes as well as water shoes since the beach here is pebbles and not sand.

There is a large car park at Port Miou which is free in the low and shoulder seasons but during high season can be up to 10 euro per day. There is also some street parking but even during shoulder season we didn’t notice any free spaces.

Wondering what we bring for hiking with a toddler? Find all our recommend toddler hiking gear here.

Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

hiking to the Fairy Glen in Scotland with toddlers

Submitted by Celine and Dan of Family Can Travel

Let your toddler run wild on the short hike to the Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. While this would be an equally pleasant hike while carrying a baby, it’s a great spot to let your toddler burn off some energy, rain or shine.

The small emerald hills with trails running over and around them is the perfect place to let your toddler explore. They’ll even love spotting the sheep and bunnies in the area.

The official trail to the Fairy Glen is only about 1.2 miles / 2 km long but you can spend even more time exploring the area.

Once you reach the large spiral, you’ll see Castle Ewan looming above it. It’s actually a large flat rock that you can climb, but we recommend taking turns heading up there if you are hiking with a baby or toddler. There are some tight spots to get up the to the top and the steps are high.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Ireland

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge hike in Ireland

Submitted by Natasha

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is one of the most scenic and beautiful hikes. Connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge across the Atlantic Ocean, Carrick-a-Rede Island is the final destination. Suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level. That said, I wouldn’t recommend this hike for those afraid of heights. The hike itself is 1.6 miles out and back, good for all skill levels.

I would recommend baby wearing as the trail can be steep, rocky and as mentioned high at parts. Once you get to the bridge itself you have to go up and down stairs to access the bridge. The bridge, itself, is very narrow and does not allow for stroller accessibility. It is open all year round, aside from dangerous weather conditions.

What makes it the very best… the views are spectacular, the most breathtaking cliffs, ocean on both sides of the bridge and along the hike you will see some local animals. It really is unbelievable. You can spend the second half of your day at the Giants Causeway (as it’s only 7 miles down the road). This should definitely be on your list of must-sees while in Ireland with a baby or toddler.

Parking is free. Cost is 6.50 euros per person to cross the bridge.

Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park with toddlers

Submitted by Celine and Dan of Family Can Travel

Plitvice Lakes is as impressive in person as all the pictures you’ve seen. The stunning waterfalls, pristine lakes and fun wooden boardwalks, make it a wonderful place to hike with a baby or toddler. You don’t want to rush it here, so this is a great time to go at a slow pace and take it all in.

Within Plitvice Lakes National Park you’ll find 12 upper lakes and 4 lower lakes, with the hiking trails and some boardwalks throughout. While we don’t recommend bringing a stroller to Plitvice Lakes, we have seen it done. You’ll enjoy it much more if you have a baby or toddler carrier, especially on a busy day.

The hiking here can easily be done by toddlers since it’s relatively flat, but take extra caution on the boardwalks as there are no handrails. This is especially important on a busy day. We have even more tips for Plitvice Lakes with toddlers and the best routes to take.

Camino de Santiago in Spain

Hiking the Camino de Santiago with a toddler

Submitted by Mark of Mount Adventure Club

The Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes leading to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, the most popular is the Camino Frances which begins just over the border in St Jean Pied de Port, France and to walk the full route covers some 790km. One of the world’s great long distance hikes, the same route has been walked for hundreds of years, it’s not usually considered child friendly or accessible with younger ones in tow. But here’s the thing: it really is 100% totally achievable.

By walking town to town, with supermarkets, bars, restaurants and water fountains along the way the logistical practicalities are easily covered. To make life interesting we decided to start in Le Puy en Velay, France and walked the Via Podiensis and the Camino Frances back to back last summer, 1500km in total with our three children in tow. Our littlest was just 3 when we set off.

The complete distance sounds daunting but with accommodation every 8km or so in Spain, you can take as long as you need, or as long as you have! France is not quite so well set up, but also completely doable.

We regularly covered 20 kms a day with Tom walking 3 or 4 of those under his own steam and the remainder parked up in an Osprey carrier on my back, happiness was finding a town with a playground of which there were many. In total we spent 86 days across our two Caminos with a few rest days thrown in.

It’s not a technical walk at all, the tracks are well maintained and (mostly) not too testing, the first section of the Camino Frances is one of the most difficult (and incredible!) as you climb over 1000m through the Pyrenees. Also for better or worse it’s so popular, you’re never far from other walkers if help is needed and you generally pass through several villages each day.

The terrain, the food and the people make this hike. The Spanish have a special appreciation for pilgrims, but also especially for children and love seeing them, it’s like family wherever you go. We loved it and most importantly, Tom loved it as well.

For more Spanish adventures with a toddler or baby, see our posts on Madrid with a toddler and Seville with a baby.

Molde Panorama in Norway

hiking in Norway with a toddler

Submitted by Celine and Dan of Family Can Travel

Norway is perhaps one of the most scenic places we’ve had the pleasure of visiting, so it’s no wonder that it also has some of the most incredible hiking. It’s not always easy to find hikes that toddlers can do on their own, especially in a place like Norway. That’s easy to get around by letting your toddler do portions of hikes and carrying them when they are tired or it gets too difficult.

Hiking the Molde Panorama is one that your toddler can complete all on their own. This hike in the town of Molde has a trail that is wide and though it does climb, the ascent is not that difficult. Our 4 and 2 year old hiked most of it on their own. There is a little cabin at the top with benches you can stop to rest & eat as well. It was a great spot to relax and let the kids play. Which is perfect, as you’ll want the time to take in the view of the 222 snow covered peaks across the water.

If you are looking for a stroller friendly hike, consider the paved trail to Mount Floyen in Bergen.

Ladder of Kotor hike in Montenegro

Montenegro Ladder of Kotor hike with a baby

Submitted by Jessica of Familee Travel

The Ladder of Kotor hike in Montenegro offers breathtaking views of the bay and mountainous landscape that hug Kotor’s charming medieval old town. Take the quicker more difficult trail directly up the stairs inside the city walls, or head outside the walled city to the easier (but longer) route – trailhead a little past Pekara AS bakery.

It is not stroller-friendly, bring baby carriers, even for toddlers. An ambitious toddler may want to hike part of it, but it’s easier to carry them. The trail is rocky switchbacks all the way up, wear supportive shoes with good grip.

Amazing views will wow you early on, so there’s no need to go all the way up if you don’t want to. Rocks, mountain goats, boats, and the fort are the highlights for little ones. Shade on the trail is very minimal. The entire trail is about 4 miles (6.4 km) one way.

About a third of the way up, you’ll come to a house that sells water and beer. You can then return the same way you came, continue further up or cut across toward the fortress and come back down the steeper route (with some stairs) directly into the city walls.

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Tisa Walls in Czech Republic

hiking in Czech Republic with toddlers

Submitted by Celine and Dan of Family Can Travel

The Tisa Walls in the Bohemian Switzerland area of the Czech Republic is a fun and scenic place to hike with your toddler. The Tisa Walls are found in the town of Tisa and are a series of rock formations. There two different loops that you can hike here. If you plan on doing both loops, bring a toddler carrier for when your little one gets tired.

We started with the Male Tiske Steny loop. This will be the most fun place for a toddler to hike. The sandstone rocks tower above and there are endless opportunities for your toddler to climb, to find narrow sections to walk through and to run around.

The Velke Tiske Steny loop is less fun for the kids but it does take you to the top for some incredible views. This is a great time to give your toddler a break and carry him in a toddler carrier.

There are two entrances to the Tisa Walls – one outside of town by a restaurant and one in town by the cemetery. We recommend starting at the cemetery entrance as it allows you to easily walk both loops.

Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland

Lauter Hike in Switzerland with a baby or toddler

Submitted by Diana of Travels in Poland

Lauterbrunnen is a beautiful village in between the mountains in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. Cable cars run from the center of the village up into the higher smaller villages in the mountains. One beautiful hike can be taken from Grutschalp to Murren. To get to Grutschalp, one must take the cable car from Lauterbrunnen up into the mountains. Carriers and strollers are fine to take. The hike is stroller friendly albeit a bit rocky in some places, and certainly with several hilly climbs.

The views on the hike are spectacular. Hiking is done on a dirt road, up into a forest, through an open countryside that provides beautiful views across the valley and to the mountains nearby, and finally to the village of Murren, a car less village up high in the mountains. The hike takes about 3 hours with a stroller but can certainly take longer when you stop to take photos, to play in the fields with flowers and to see the animals that graze in different places.

If going in the summer, there is also a small ice cream shop and restaurant at the halfway point by the small railroad. While a stroller is wonderful to bring, consider a hiking backpack carrier or carrier as well for an extra workout.

Belgian Ardennes in Belgium

Belgian Ardennes hike with a baby

Submitted by Bhushavali of My Travelogue

Belgian Ardennes is the hilly region in Southern Belgium, along the border of France. Hiking here is very much possible and there are more than 70 way-marked trails varying from almost level-ground to extreme altitude variations and varying from just 5km to 100+ km! For the first ever hike after our daughter was born, we chose the Belgian Ardennes and we stayed at a resort in Spa (yes, that’s the name of a town!).

We chose one of the trails that went through, just behind the resort which was also the short 5km trail. The trail was uneven and we had to cross some streams and climb over a couple of fallen trees etc., but there was not much altitude change. My daughter was slightly younger than 1yr when we visited here and I wore her on an Onbuhimo baby carrier.

It was easy and we both (me & my husband) took turns wearing our baby. Half-an-hour into the trail, with the cool breeze and natural sounds of the forest, made my daughter fall asleep on my back!

Don’t miss all our Resources for Hiking with a Baby or Toddler. We cover everything from hiking tips to the best carriers for hiking.

Cinque Terre in Italy

best hikes with toddlers in CInque Terre Italy

Submitted by Celine & Dan of Baby Can Travel

While Cinque Terre is not a specific hiking trail, there are so many wonderful options for hiking here that we are including the whole area. When visiting Cinque Terre with a baby or toddler, you can still do these popular hikes from village to village.

Most of the trails are difficult and not toddler friendly, but if you have your baby or toddler in a good backpack carrier for hiking (we used the Deuter Kid Comfort 3 which is now the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro) they will be content to watch the world go by.

We found it worked best to get out first thing in the morning and take the train to our starting point. From there our toddlers could explore the fun streets without the crowds. Once they had walked around for a bit, we put them in the backpack carriers and started our hike.

Cinque Terre with toddlers

After a morning of hiking, we found a playground or a spot on the beach to give them time to play.

Bring plenty of sunscreen, hats and snacks. Some of the trails do have some shade but it can get very hot hiking in Cinque Terre. We recommend visiting in the Spring or Fall.

Hellnar to Arnastapi in Iceland

hiking in Iceland with a toddler

Submitted by Celine and Dan of Family Can Travel

Another hike that your toddler can do all on their own is the hike from Hellnar to Arnarstapi on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland. This incredibly scenic hike follows the coast line on a (mostly) flat trail. It does traverse a lava field and there are some sections where the trail gets rocky, but it’s nothing your little hiker can’t manage with a little help. The hike is 1.5 miles (2.5 km) each way.

We started the hike in Arnastapi, since that’s where our Airbnb was and there’s a small parking lot there. There are plenty of viewpoints at the start and the ocean views are something to not be missed. From there the hike follows the coast line and eventually comes to an area filled with volcanic rock covered in moss. As you near Hellnar, the trail transitions into a long wooden boardwalk.

This trail is not stroller friendly, so have a carrier with you just in case. And keep an eye on your toddler to keep them away from the cliffs edge. For the most part, the trail is a safe distance from the edge, but there are a few sections closer to Arnarstapi where you should be cautious.

Best Hikes with Toddlers & Babies in Canada

Joffre Lakes in British Columbia, Canada

Joffre Lakes hike with toddlers

Submitted by Annika of Born to be Adventurous

Joffre Lakes, located in British Columbia, is a beautiful trail to three pristine glacier fed mountain lakes. The 8 km out and back trail has an elevation gain of 370 meters which can be challenging when you are carrying a baby or have a toddler that is hiking the trail. However, kids as young as three have been known to hike all the way to the second lake and back on their own two feet.

As you make your way up the trail closer to the glacier, the turquoise color of each lake becomes more vibrant. When the sunlight hits the lakes just right, they can sparkle as if little diamonds are scattered across the surface.

The trail to the second lake has the most elevation gain with some cliffs that may require hand holding. The area around the second lake is the best place to have lunch or stop for a snack. The trail to the third lake passes a small waterfall and is more technical but worth the effort. If needed, pack a carrier to make it to the final lake. It is worth mentioning that the Joffre Lakes trail can be very busy.

Lake Agnes Trail in Lake Louise, Canada

Lake Louise to Lake Agnes hiking trail with a baby

Submitted by Emma of Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

It is impossible to prepare yourself for the colors of the lakes in Banff National Park. It comes from rock flour that drains through the rivers and into the lakes as the glaciers melt. The sun reflects off this sediment to give it a startlingly bright aqua / turquoise color.

The hike from Lake Louise to Lake Agnes is 3.5km from the chateau at the bottom of Lake Louise and there is a lovely tea house at Lake Agnes to take a break. You can go straight back to Lake Louise for a 7km / half day total hike. Or, if you are feeling energetic, you can also hike from Lake Agnes along the Highline trail to the Plain of Six Glaciers (where there is another teahouse) – this makes a 14.6 km loop and should take around 5 hours (not counting stops).

We took it easy so it took us a little longer. This is absolutely not a stroller friendly hike – we had the baby on our back and little legs might struggle. The first part of the trail is in the grounds of the chateau and is like a boardwalk so much better for strollers or a lighter walk.

Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park, Canada

hiking Johnston Canyon in Banff with a toddler

Submitted by Celine and Dan of Travel Banff Canada

Johnston Canyon is one of the busiest spots in Banff National Park, but for good reason. Johnston Canyon and its waterfalls are a must see. This hike is along an easy trail that consists of a path through the forest and across elevated walkways and bridges. It’s mostly flat and enjoyable for toddlers and kids. It’s also easily doable with a baby in a baby carrier. We don’t recommend using a stroller for hiking Johnston Canyon due to its popularity.

You’ll have the choice to just visit the Lower Falls or make your way to the Upper Falls as well. We recommend seeing both. The Lower Falls are best seen in the cave on the far side of the bridge. It can get slippery and wet in the cave so take extra caution if you go in with a baby or toddler.

Water falls at Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park

The Upper Falls have two viewing platforms. To get to the Upper Falls it’s 2.5km one way from the parking lot. There are no steep parts to the Lower Falls so your toddler should be able to do most of the walking then offer some help on the steep parts to the Upper Falls.

As usual, we recommend visiting popular places like Johnston Canyon as early as you can and even better if you can visit on a weekday.

Best Hikes with Toddlers & Babies in Oceania

Hanmer Fairy Door walk in New Zealand

Hamner Springs Fairy Door Hike in New Zealand with a toddler

Submitted by Jennifer of Backyard Travel Family

The Hanmer Fairy Door walk is such a beautiful walk to do with toddlers. While it is only a short hike, you can join it up to the awesome Forest Amble walk to make this a 1 hour leisurely stroll.

The Fairy Door walk is located in the small resort style town of Hanmer Springs, 90 minutes north of Christchurch in New Zealand. The walk itself takes about 20 minutes to stroll, but the best part of this is that toddlers can walk this all on their own. It is also a stroller friendly walk too.

The offroad trail is a flat safe track through the Forest where kids can discover over 20 different fairy doors. The fairy doors open and walkers often leave little treats or trinkets for other children to find. (Top tip: Bring something to leave behind with you)

This is one small hike that toddlers will run from tree to tree, searching for the colourful fairy doors. You won’t have to worry about them being too tired to walk on this one. So if you enjoy lighting up your children’s eyes, then the Hanmer Fairy Door walk is a must when visiting New Zealand.

Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Hooker Valley Track Hike in New Zealand

Submitted by Anna

Hiking Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, and the majestic views both out and back, was the highlight our New Zealand adventure. We spent a month in New Zealand with our son who was four months old at the time and loved this trek for its stunning scenery.

On a sunny day, Mount Cook is in full view while hiking in and you can see parts of Mount Sealy on the walk back to the trail head. This 10km hike is mostly flat and easy to meander with a baby. There were loads of families enjoying the park and the hike so we were in good company. The trail ends at a glacier lake where there is plenty of room to take a rest, feed baby, have a snack, etc.

It’s best to have baby in a carrier since the hike is not paved and you’ll have to cross over a few swing bridges (which are very safe, just a bit daunting). The hike was a 2.5 hour drive from Wanaka but you can also camp at the trail head.

Best Hikes with Toddlers & Babies in Asia

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Japan

Fushimi Inari in Kyoto with a baby or toddler

Submitted by Celine and Dan of Family Can Travel

Fushimi Inari in Kyoto is a must see while traveling in Japan and was one of our favorite hikes around Kyoto. Your toddler will love walking through the thousands of bright orange torii gates. As one of Kyoto’s top visited sites, it does get very busy so make sure to arrive early for the best experience.

If you are in Kyoto with a baby, you won’t be able to see this portion of the shrine with a stroller. It’s best to go with a baby carrier. We also recommend bringing a toddler carrier for your toddler, which will allow you to see more and complete the full loop.

The Yotsutsuji intersection is a great place for a break and the spot where most people turn around, but if you can go further it’s well worth it. The torii gate are less after this point but so are the crowds. Your toddler will be able to hike large portions of this hike, but having a backup for tired toddlers is always a good idea.

In total the loop around is 3.4m / 5.4 km.

Best Hikes with Toddlers & Babies in South America

Laguna de los tres at El Chalten in Argentina

Laguna de Los Tres Hike in Argentina with a toddler

Submitted by Lalitha of Jills Travel Life

Laguna de los tres at El Chalten in Argentina is a beautiful blue lake with the majestic Mt.Fitz Roy in the background. This was one of our favorite hikes in Argentina. This is 15.5 miles round trip and it took us about 8 hours with a three year old hiking. This hike is accessible from the town or you can take a bus from El Pilar hostel.

The hike from El Pilar side is easier compared to the former. This route takes you through glacier Piedras Blancas and you get to see two valleys instead of one. The hike is almost flat with small bridges until the last kilometre. The last kilometre to the lake is very steep and will test your fitness.

Do check the weather as it can get very windy. Overall this hike can be done with toddler or baby in a carrier.

Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu with Kids

Submitted by Clotilde of A Princess Travelling with Twins

Visiting Machu Picchu with kids is perhaps not an activity many people would think about, but with a minimum of preparation, the experience will be really rewarding. The Machu Picchu site is vast and there are two different routes to hike plus the possibility to climb 2 mountains: Huayna Picchu and Mount Machu Picchu.

Generally, for the 2 marked routes a couple of hours of hiking are enough, but with young children it’s much better to count on three. In some places you will need to carry them and slow down, I wouldn’t venture on the mountains climbing as they are quite arduous, and you should be in strong physical shape to carry a child up and down there.

Ideally you want a proper child carrier backpack, but we still felt comfortable using a baby carrier and we found it was enough. As soon as you pass through the entrance gate you immediately face a fairly demanding ascent from the incline point of view (the altitude doesn’t help either), but safe and feasible for a three-year-old, who will be fascinated by the jungle that surrounds the path.

Continuing the exploration there are points, sometimes narrow and unprotected, where carrying your child is the safest thing, but also immense open spaces where they can run safely, explore the ruins, and discover unexpected scenery.

Looking to get even more adventurous?

Short Inca Trail in Peru

Machu Picchu with a baby on short inca trail

Submitted by Ariana of A World of Travels with Kids

Why is the Short Inca Trail in Peru good for a baby? Well, it is ‘short’, as the name suggests. The more famous Classic Inca trail is 3 days of hiking where this trek is just 1 day. It is 7.5miles/ 12km and only about 6 to 8 hours hiking. Despite being short, it is still quite difficult as the entire hike is ‘up’- your starting altitude is 2100m / 6900ft and the highest point is 2730m / 8,792ft. 600m of altitude gain – hiking on steps – is quite hard work… especially if you are carrying a baby!

In our case, we’d actually planned to do the longer 4 day Inca trek but our whole family had been sick and weren’t well – so we opted to have a porter carry the baby, which we were very glad of. In addition to being just one day on the trail, this trek is great for a baby as you get to spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes in a hotel. We then had a great Machu Picchu visit the next day.

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