Taroko Gorge is Taiwan’s biggest tourist attraction, boasting 22 kilometers of majestic mountains dropping off into steep ravines . We made a trip to the gorge with a few friends over the long weekend, and we can honestly say we were blown away by how beautiful the gorge truly is. Although most people just spend the day in Taroko, we opted to camp right in the middle, and despite the constant rain and wet socks, we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Most of the scenic sights in the gorge are easily accessible, and you’ll notice lots of women walking the trails in heels. However, if you are interested in a more demanding hike that leaves your quads burning, there are beautiful options right around the corner. The must-see sights of Taroko include The Shakadang Trail, Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto and Tunnel of Nine Turns, when it’s open.
The only disadvantage to crashing at the free campsite in Taroko is the lack of showers, so enjoy the pictures and be glad you can’t smell us through them ;-p