Adventure-Ready: Around the World in 5 Daredevil Hikes

Those who think hiking is just walking should take a look at these hikes. With trails that stretch over Indiana Jones-worthy canyons and hug steep cliff-sides, daredevils will approve of the surge of adrenaline these "walks" offer.

El Caminito del Rey, Spain

Known as Spain's most dangerous path, the King's Pathway was constructed in the early 20th century as a hydroelectric workers' cliffside path through the narrow El Chorro gorge. This trail became a destination for thrillseekers unintimidated by the hike's state of disrepair, but was closed to the public from 2001 until 2015 after five tourists fell from the walkway to their deaths over a two-year period.

"My fingers grip white-knuckled to the rail and my guts churn over themselves in waves," Andy Jones wrote of the walk for London's The Independent. And that's with the additional safety features on the now-reopened path. Suffice it to say, the three-to-four-hour trek still offers a heartstopping experience along the three-foot-wide, nearly five-mile-long wooden footpath.

Feeling more like an armchair hiker today? Google Maps has an interactive virtual walk just for you.

Mount Pinatubo, Philippine

If you like a Russian Roulette type flair to your hikes, you'll love Mount Pinatubo. After a 400-year period of dormancy, the volcano blew in 1991, becoming the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century—ten times larger than the blast of Mount St. Helens in 1980. More than eight hundred people died. It erupted again in 1992, killing 72 people.

The three-hour hike to Mount Pinatubo's crater lake is a relatively easy one; it's the question of when the volcano will next erupt that adds an element of danger. If you swim in the crater lake, be aware of strong currents at its center.

Mount Hua, China

A spiritual ascent that has been home to hermits and seekers since the 2nd century BCE, many hikers have met their maker on this dangerous hike in Northwest China's Shaanxi province. Mount Hua has five peaks which form the shape of a lotus flower, the bloom of wisdom and Buddha's throne. Each peak is home to a temple, but it is on the southernmost 7,087-foot peak where brave hikers will be rewarded with a cup of tea at Cuiyun Palance. It may be the most difficult-to-reach teahouse in the world.

The climb begins at a series of steps carved into the mountain side, known as the "Heavenly Stairs," and is followed by a rickety gondola ride. That's the easy part. Most of the trek to Cuiyun Palace is on a thin wood ledge affixed to the mountainside along which hikers must shuffle. If someone comes from the other direction, good luck. There are no official death statistics, but word on the trail is that about 100 people per year fall to their deaths here.

Huayna Picchu, Peru

It's been called The Hike of Death. Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Macchu Picchu, essentially a sacred satellite to the famous citadel of the Incas. This higher peak was home to the high priest and, you know, some sacrificial virgins.

The trail today is the same as the original built by the Incas—a heart-thumping ascent up stairs cut into the mountainside. It's not only a hike for the thrill-seeker, it's a good choice for those who like a sense of exclusivity. To limit wear and tear on the ancient trail, only 400 people are allowed to climb it each day. After you reach the summit, proceed down the back side of the mountain to the Temple of the Moon that may have been used to hold mummies.

The Maze, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

In southeastern Utah, Canyonlands National Park is known for its dramatic desert landscape of canyons and buttes carved by the Colorado River. Rivers divide the park into four districts with The Maze being the most remote and inaccessible. Only about 2,000 annual visitors make the several-hour drive from the nearest ranger station. (For reference, Yellowstone had more than 4 million visitors in 2017.) Those who make it to The Maze are experienced hikers who are orienteering whizzes who can read topographical maps like the back of their hands. The 13.5 mile primitive trail weaves in and out of canyons that can quickly begin to look alike, often ending in dead-ends. Temperatures often climb to punishing 110-degrees Fahrenheit, and water is scarce.

"This is not the place for inexperienced hikers," park ranger Paul Henderson told Backpacker, who said it would take rescuers three days to reach a hiker in crisis. "You have to be self-sufficient, and ready to deal with your own emergencies," he adds. So far, the ill-equipped have heeded the warnings; The Maze has yet to claim a single life.

Of course, as anyone who has read Cheryl Strayed's Wild or Jon Krakauer's Into The Wild knows, a hike is never just about walking, and these most dangerous hikes are about more than making it to the peak. Strayed and McCandless, and countless other brave hikers, follow in a great tradition of wanderers.

"The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure—they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come, like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered," writes Edward Abbey in Beyond the Wall. "It leaves a golden glowing on the mind."
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Tequila Herradura

Ride in style on the Herradura Express, a distillery sponsored train ride that runs from Guadalajara to the town of Amatitán for a distillery tour and tastings, followed by lunch featuring live entertainment. The train then takes visitors back to Guadalajara by evening. Herradura is housed in the last tequila-producing Hacienda in the world, Hacienda San Jose del Refugio. Casa Herradura will be closed for visits and tours until Mexican health officials declare the coronavirus emergency over.

La Rojeña

Producer of Jose Cuervo, La Rojeña has a train of its own called the Jose Cuervo Express (currently on hiatus due to COVID-19) to bring visitors to the oldest distillery in the town of Tequila. Jose Cuervo offers distillery tours, tastings, and tours of the agave fields. Mundo Cuervo (Cuervo world) also has its own hotel, Solar de las Animas. Check for COVID-19 hours and restrictions before booking.

Casa Sauza

Founded in 1873, Casa Sauza offers four levels of tours including a visit to the La Perseverancia distillery, a visit to the Quinta Sauza estate, and for those willing to spend more, barrel tastings and a barbeque or a three-course meal. Casa Sauza is on hiatus until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, but should go on the distillery tour bucket list.

La Cofradia

The only tequila distillery with a hotel inside, La Cofradia offers many experiences in addition to distillery tours. Choose a hike through natural trails, biking, or horseback riding through the agave fields. Rooms made of giant tequila barrels sit among the agave plants for a unique stay. Visiting La Cofradia is sure to be a tour that thrills tequila lovers. Contact the hotel directly for information about lockdown closures.

A distillery tour offers education about tequila's history and manufacture. Bone up on your tequila terms and tips for choosing quality tequila before you go, so you'll understand what you're tasting.

We don't know how to feel about winter this year. Sure, nobody likes the cold and dreary months, but there's something special about the Holiday season that just seems to be missing. Maybe the thought of staying inside and cozying up to a nice book isn't very enticing given the last few months. The joyful winter wonderland that we usually associate with winter seems to be missing.

That's why our editors decided to take it upon themselves and spread some delight with seasonal meals, courtesy of HelloFresh. For those who don't know what HelloFresh is, it's a meal-kit delivery service with dozens of easy-to-prepare recipes to choose from. Simply select which meals you want as well as how many servings and a neatly organized cardboard box will arrive at your doorstep within the week. Nobody wants to go out in the Winter anyway, and with HelloFresh, you don't have to!

To celebrate the arrival of the coldest season, we decided to highlight some of our favorite (and heartiest) recipes from HelloFresh that are perfect for the Holiday season. Here are five wholesome and balanced meals that will warm you up in no time.

Veggie Loaded Kale & Risoni Soup

A hearty and warm soup is a Winter staple and this veggie loaded kale and risoni soup from HelloFresh absolutely hits it out of the park. All anybody wants during the colder months is to feel cozy and nurtured--just like the flavorful bowl of nutrients. Warm and creamy risoni compliments the seasonal veggies perfectly and the side of garlic bread is a sure-fire cure for any winter blues. With 22 meals to pick from each week, this one is sure to be a household favorite.

Cheesy Red Pesto Chicken Melts

Everyone is familiar with classic green pesto, but have you ever tried red pesto? Red pesto offers way more complexity and oomph than its green counterpart. It is incredibly bright with rich notes of umami, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil and garlic. This rendition also features hits of chargrilled capsicum for a little extra zest. You get the exact amount of each ingredient and seasoning, as well as super detailed recipe cards, that make meal prep a breeze. Spread it over a glistening chicken bread and sprinkle with cheese for delectable chicken melts.

Winter Risotto

Risotto is a great winter warmer. It's packed full of veggies so your body will light up like fire, but it's also silky, sumptuous and a real crowd pleaser. HelloFresh's Winter Risotto features a heart helping of kale that pairs perfectly with nutty Parmesan and crunchy walnuts for a robust taste. Did we mention that it also comes with fennel seeds sprinkled throughout? This unique seasoning adds a distinctive, yet delicious flavor to this classic winter staple. We know these meals are pretty hardy, which is why we love having the option to pause our subscription or cancel a week when need be.

Cheat's Italian Pork & Veggie Bolognese

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Smokey Mild Chorizo & Bean Chilli

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8 of the Best Donut Spots In the United States

Celebrate National Donut Day with our favorite treats across the country.

November 5th marks one of 2020's two National Donut Days.

Occurring in both June and November, National Donut Day allows fans of those delectable yeasty treats to embrace their sweet tooth. But like any niche food group, people often take their donuts very, very seriously, and there are countless places to get your fix.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best donut spots across the country. From coast to coast, these bakeries are sure to impress even the pickiest donut-heads.

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop – Modesto, CA

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop

If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's worth taking a short trek out east towards Modesto for some of California's best donuts. Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop has remained family owned since its opening over 30 years ago, providing both tried-and-true classic donuts as well as experimental flavors and holiday specials. Even their 24-hour service doesn't diminish the line that trails out the door most mornings.

Dough — New York, NY

Dough \u2014 New York, NY

Donuts might not be the first circular, doughy treat you think of when it comes to New York City. If you've had your fair share of bagels, the Big Apple also boasts some spectacular donuts at Dough, a go-to spot for both tourists and locals alike. Here, you'll find a host of Latin American-inspired flavors that are hard to come by anywhere else; their Dulce de Leche flavor is a customer favorite, while the tangy Hibiscus donut is just as good for Instagramming as it is for eating.

Blackbird Doughnuts — Boston, MA

Blackbird Doughnuts \u2014 Boston, MA

Boston's Blackbird Doughnuts is a no-frills donut spot specializing in both brioche "raised" donuts and old-fashioned cake donuts. With a small menu of year-round donuts and a rotating cast of seasonal flavors, Blackbird keeps it simple and classic. Why mess around?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop — Brooklyn, NY

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop \u2014 Brooklyn, NY

For over 60 years, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop has been calling the quaint Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint home. Since then, the bakery has remained a popular spot for both regulars and new visitors passing through the area. Here, you won't find uber-trendy decor or gimmicky recipes, just damn good donuts that prove the power of long-standing local businesses.

Pip’s Original — Portland, OR

Pip\u2019s Original \u2014 Portland, OR

In both their mobile catering van and brick-and-mortar locations, Pip's Original is a staple for small, sweet treats in Portland. They're known for their tiny donuts that come in inventive seasonal flavors like marionberry-lavender and mango ghost pepper. But even if you opt for one of the more traditional flavors, Pip's Original proves good things can come in small packages.

Round Rock Donuts — Round Rock, TX

Round Rock Donuts \u2014 Round Rock, TX

Founded in 1926, Round Rock Donuts—located just north of Austin—are impossible to miss. These donuts' distinct yellow-orange color, caused by fresh eggs in the original recipe, make them stand out among the crowd. While this classic outpost can easily churn out hundreds of dozens of donuts a day, they also offer Texas-Sized Donuts, which are just as ginormous as you'd imagine. Round Rock Donuts are not only delicious and easily recognizable, but they're a slice of Lone Star history.

The Holy Donut — Portland, ME

The Holy Donut \u2014 Portland, ME

In Maine's Portland, you might not find tiny donuts or a decked-out catering van, but you will find a slightly healthier alternative. The Holy Donut was founded on the premise of creating tasty donuts that used all-natural ingredients to make a treat you could feel good about eating. The secret ingredient is fresh, mashed Maine potatoes, which make these donuts delectably moist without sacrificing flavor.

Donut Friend — Los Angeles, CA

Donut Friend \u2014 Los Angeles, CA

As expected of a city so focused on entertainment, Los Angeles' Donut Friend puts an edgy spin on their inventive donut flavors. Their year-round menu features donut flavors with names like Green Teagan and Sara, Fudgegazi, and Bacon-182 that are sure to delight the rock music nerds. For everyone else, the delicious donuts speak for themselves.