Okay, okay, so there’s beach stuff here, and parties, and the usual “vacation” amenities and things to do. . . but what other stuff is there? If you’re the kind of person who loves a good hike with stunning views and serendipitous company, then Ping Pong’s legendary hippie walk is the THING to do. It’s a hike from Anjuna to Baga, which is less than 5 miles by how the crow flies, and 2 hours on the rugged, scenic path we walked instead.
Did I say Ping Pong? Yes, I did. Ping Pong and Coco are my new technicolor friends. They live down the street from us and we get to experience their magic from time to time. Besides the legendary hike, Ping Pong hosts several live jam open mic nights at different bars in Anjuna. . .some of them with views of the ocean, some with delicious organic food. If Ping Pong and Coco are there, you can be sure you’ve found the right moment.
They have been coming to Anjuna for decades and host this legendary walk 2 times a season for free. . . anything extra you’ll have to haggle for! The hike starts near the Chill-Inn and Roadhouse Hostel and Ping-Pong takes you down pathways that wind between old Portuguese homes, mango trees, and then up and over a small “mountain” that overlooks all of Anjuna and the mystical Arabian Sea.
We had around 13 people in our friendly group from multiple countries, spanning many ages, all from different walks of life. . .
The view from the top was amazing. Most of Anjuna isn’t visible underneath the palm tree canopy. It still looks like a plot of remote jungle resting near the sea. . .hard to imagine all the happenings under the green.
On the other side of the hill, you can see Baga in the distance and it looks like Cancun compared to our peaceful little Anjuna village. Making the trek down was steep but with epic views of beauty.
If you find yourself in the area sometime, I suggest you check out this hike. It’s a great way to meet new people, hosted by some of the coolest cartoons I know, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! xo