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The Top Five Summer Holidays That Burn The Most Calories For Fitness Fanatics

hikers in the pervuian mountains

NEW research has revealed the top places to visit in the world that will burn the most calories doing so.

Experts have compiled the shortlist for fitness fanatics and those wishing for a calorie burning, over bulking, holiday.

WeRoad, the world’s leading solo travel company, has revealed that a walking trip in the Scottish Highlands will burn approximately 1,500 active calories per day. This is pipped to the top with a trip to Peru where you will burn 2,000 active calories per day hiking the likes of the Rainbow Mountain.


1. Peru, Rainbow Mountain – 25,000 steps and 2,000 calories daily

2. Scotland, Scottish Highlands – 30,000 steps and 1,500 calories daily

3. Patagonia, Laguna de la Torres – 20,000 steps and 1,400 calories daily

4. Iceland, Vatnajokull – 16,000 steps and 1,300 calories daily

5. Italy, Dolomites – 15,000 steps and 1,200 calories daily

(Steps and active calories burned per day based on average Brit)

The top five trips to stay trim were compiled taking into account activity required to see famous landmarks and data on distance travelled, average daily steps taken, altitude, conditions and active calories burned for the average person.

So, say farewell to the all you can eat inclusive buffet and the occasional exercise racing for an early morning sun bed, step out of your comfort zone and try one of these heart racing vacations.


Activity level: Intense

Highlights: Colca Canyon, Rainbow Mountain, Lake Titicaca

Activities: Hiking, Trekking, kayaking

Conditions: Cold, crisp, sunny

Ave. daily steps: 25,000

Ave. daily active kcals burned: 2,000

The physical effort to see the best that Peru has to offer is greater than most trips. Not only does it take some serious step counts to see its most stunning settings, but the considerable altitude – between 9,000 and 17,000 feet – makes it a challenge for any fitness level.

The Rainbow Mountain is located near Cuzco and is a real miracle of nature, only discovered a few years ago when the snow covering it melted. See llamas and alpacas as you hike to the summit for sweeping panoramic views of Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley.

A day of high-altitude hiking will literally leave you breathless, with oxygen levels depleting the higher the hike gets. Following a three-hour hike you have to climb a very steep, hard-packed dirt mountainside to get the classic view and reach its 17,060-foot summit – almost the same altitude as Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet). Expect to burn around 3,500 active calories on this hike alone.

Other ‘must dos’ in Peru include a high-altitude trek of the Colca Canyon which, whilst it takes just 40 minutes to reach the summit above the Cruz del Condor, at 16,400 feet is great practice for the hike of the Rainbow Mountains.

Lake Titicaca is the largest freshwater basin in South America and takes 5 hours to reach by foot. After a long walk, kayaking the lake is a must to add to that physical expenditure.


Activity level: Moderate to Intense

Highlights: Loch Shieldaig, coast-to-coast adventures

Activities: Walking, kayaking, cycling

Conditions: Mild, sunny

Ave. daily steps: 30,000

Ave. daily active kcals burned: 1,500

A coast-to-coast walk from Perth to Fort William – 118.5 miles  – is sure to get the heart pumping. The route, which can take ten days to complete, comprises hill and mountain tracks through woodland and forests and also moorland. You’ll come across riverside trails, minor roads and highland paths, all whilst taking in breath-taking views.

For the keen cyclers out there, a 262-mile bike ride from Aberdeen on the east coast to Applecross in the west might just be the ticket. It includes the UK’s highest (and probably most challenging) road climb at 17,000 feet, but the stunning scenery along with an array of cultural experiences make up for all the huffing and puffing.

If walking or riding isn’t really your thing, head to Loch Shieldaig for some kayaking. The water here is so clear you can see down to the sea floor. Look out for the incredibly diverse sea life including starfish, sea urchins, crabs and countless different types of fish as you explore this marvellous coastline.


Activity level: Moderate

Highlights: Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, El Calafate, Puerto Natales.

Activities: Hiking, Trekking

Conditions: Cold, wet

Ave. daily steps: 20,000

Ave. daily active kcals burned: 1,400

Patagonia is home to many tall peaks, as well as lakes, glaciers and forests. Some of the best treks will be on Mount Fitz Roy (11,171ft) and Cerro Torre (10,262 ft).  A full-day trek to Laguna de la Torres at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy will see a standard holidaymaker hit over 16,000 steps – not bad.

El Calafate is widely known as the national capital of glaciers. A kayaking tour is the best option for the fit and adventurous, following an expert guide into the glacier’s interior and exploring the deep crevasses, waves and lagoons.

Biking through Puerto Natales is also a great way to take in the incredible combination of forest, mountains, glaciers and fjords. As you ride along the 12.4-mile route, the landscapes and colours will change as you follow the coast of the Ultima Esperanza fjord with views of the Moore Range, Whale Hill and Mount Pratt.


Activity level: Moderate

Highlights: Vatnajokull, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, Leirhnjúkur

Activities: Snow trekking, walking

Conditions: Crisp, cold

Ave. daily steps: 16,000

Ave. daily active kcals burned: 1,300

A non-negotiable for Iceland is visiting Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. Covering 6 per cent of the country, the mesmerising glacial lagoon descending from the mountains and stretching to the beach is a sight to behold. The best time to explore is at sunset or in the midst of the night with the Northern Lights illuminating the sky.

During the night, you can embark on an aurora hunting adventure, visiting unique points of interest such as the majestic waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, the captivating Dyrholaey viewpoint, or the renowned Plane Wreck site. A snowy trek leads to a free thermal water pool, offering the perfect opportunity for a rejuvenating dip.

The lesser travelled Eastern Iceland is home to breath-taking waterfalls and fjords and humble fishing villages and is also a great spot for trekking. Head to the other-worldly smoking lava fields of Leirhnjúkur and enjoy the geothermal mud pools, helping your muscles recover after a day’s trek.


Activity level: Light to Moderate

Highlights: Cortina d’Ampezzo, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Mt Elmo

Activities: Hiking, Walking

Conditions: Mild, rainy

Ave. daily steps: 15,000

Ave. daily active kcals burned: 1,200

One of the most famous mountain towns in Italy is Cortina d’Ampezzo. A top destination for many celebs, professional athletes and nature lovers, this is the perfect spot to be mesmerised by the beauty of the Dolomites whilst smashing the step count.

Starting from the Auronzo Retreat at 7,874ft, Tre Cime di Lavaredo is a breathtaking 5.6-mile (11,800 steps) panoramic walk around these majestic peaks. With mostly flat terrain and occasional gentle slopes, it’s suitable for all fitness levels and makes the picnic taste a little bit better afterwards.

A ridge walk along the Italian/Austrian border and ascending Mt Elmo at 7,985 feet has a number of bunkers and look-out posts from WW1 and gives hikers the opportunity to take a cheesy photo with a foot in each country.


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