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Different ways to say hiking



I'm unsure about how to best talk about going hiking. I did a search on here and "escalar" was suggested, but the direct translation of this word is "climbing", which in english has a slightly different meaning than "hiking" (climbing suggests more of an arduous, "straight up" activity, whereas hiking is like a difficult walk, usually in a forest or mountains). The dictionary suggests "ir a excursión" which may be correct...but I've gone on a few hikes while traveling in South America and the only word/phrase I remember being used is "caminata". My problem is, I don't know how to use it - if you want to say "I'm going hiking" do you say "Voy en caminata", "Voy a caminata", "Doy una caminata"...etc.

So my question is really "How does one say 'I'm going hiking' or 'I like to hike'"?

Thank you.

updated JUL 8, 2010
posted by luke77

5 Answers


Here are several ways:

To hike:

dar una caminata - ¿Quieres dar una caminata mañana por la mañana?

ir de caminata - Vamos de caminata el jueves.

ir de excursión - Mis primos van de excursión con nosotros.

To go hiking:

hacer excursionismo smile

updated JUL 8, 2010
posted by Delores--Lindsey
I know that Paralee teaches: " Ir de excursion " = to go hiking but I think I have seen her use senderismo but I cannot remember with which verb possibly hacer ???ver o - FELIZ77, JUL 8, 2010
Delores please ignore ver o ... typo - FELIZ77, JUL 8, 2010
Sí, es con "hacer." O por lo menos, lo uso así. :-) - Delores--Lindsey, JUL 8, 2010
Hicimos senderismo ayer. - Delores--Lindsey, JUL 8, 2010

Have a look at this thread

updated JUL 8, 2010
posted by Benz
Es un hilo excelente, Benz. - Delores--Lindsey, JUL 8, 2010

Another possible way to say "go hiking" is "hacer senderismo".

updated JUL 8, 2010
posted by peregrinamaria

Senderismo is what I have always heard when people were talking about hiking

updated JUL 8, 2010
posted by scottdoherty

I have heard... "Me voy al monte" Technically means "I am going to the hill" but used to say "hiking".

updated JUL 7, 2010
posted by NikkiLR
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