Amazing Sets of …Stairs
I have always thought that traveling is the best weight loss regime you could possibly undertake. While I have an irrational fear of the gym, and refuse to put my body through unnecessary exercise when at home, I have a love of the outdoors, a love for adventure, and when I travel I travel to destinations which naturally lend themselves to physical exercise.
Forcing myself to run on a treadmill for an hour is the worst kind of torture I can possibly imagine, however I would happily hike for 7 days above the clouds to summit Mt Kilimanjaro, or stroll between towns in the Cinque Terre, being able to take in the stunning views of Italy’s coastline at the same time. This kind of physical activity is far from forced – the scenery and intrigue of being in a new place distracts your mind from realizing you’ve been walking for 5 hours!
As such, here are 10 locations around the world which offer wondrous views, while doing wonders for your waistline at the same time! I present, ten amazing sets of…stairs! Looking to loose weight? Put the money you were going to spend on a personal gym into a plane ticket to one of these amazing locations.
“Where are they going? These steps lead down to a huge pool, built in the tenth century to overcome the lack of rainfall in the region and store water for long periods.
The structure has a total of 3,500 steps, down to a depth of 30 metres — then up again with the water.”
Stairs Elbe Sandstone Mountains Dresden
“Where are they going? Stairs carved into the stone of the mountain itself. They date from the 13th century and have been eroded by wind and water, but are still being used daily by tourists.
487 steps, though not enough, were restored and expanded in the eighteenth century to facilitate transit.”
The Rock of Guatapé
“Where are they going? The rock is a stone monolith 220 metres high.
The steps are constructed with cement, directly on the rock, making use of a natural cleavage. 702 steps must be climbed to reach the peak.”
The ladder Haiku: Oahu, Hawaii
“Where are they going? On the small island of Oahu there is this tremendous journey of 3922 steps,climbing, across and down a hill of 850 metres.
They were created to facilitate the installation of a satellite in 1942. Originally of wood, they were modernized in the ’50s, but since 1987 have been closed to the public.”
The Inca Trail, Peru
“Where are they going? An ancient trade route linking the city of Cuzco to Machu Pichu.
The rugged topography of the area forced the Inca Trail to make detours around hills and between mountains. The result: miles and miles of stairs, in some cases very precarious, as the famous floating staircases.”
Wayna Pichu: Machu Picchu, Peru
“Where are they going? Stairs carved into the rock that crowns a climb of about 360 metres from MachuPicchu itself. In some parts, the ascent is complicated to pass through narrow sections, with small step and eroded steps.
Climbing time is calculated to be between one hour and 90 minutes: 90 minutes climbing stairs! Only 400 tourists a day are allowed, and access is closed from 1pm, just in case.”
Robson Square, Vancouver, British Columbia
“With disabled people in mind this architect designed the most awesome stairs with full wheelchair access! It is the perfect set up and most likely the future of staircases.”
Do you have any locations to add to this list?