One of the great gifts of world travel is the opportunity to see different landscapes, the myriad natural wonders that exist on this planet. Some of the most beautiful of these can be found in South America and what better experience them than to get out into nature and learn firsthand what an incredible place the world is. The following are five exceptional hiking destinations that will allow you to do just that.
Torres del Paine Circuit
This national park in Chile’s Patagonia is one of the most wildly recommended, in part because it is accessible for beginning hikers and those who are more advanced. The W trail is considered a good way to see the park and experience the natural beauty of the place. Novice hikers or those who are skittish about having to be entirely self-sufficient in the wild will be comforted to know that there are cabins, food, hot showers and clearly marked trails so there is little danger of having to rough it too much while experiencing nature.
Also in the Patagonia region, though this time in Argentina rather than Chile, Mount Fitzroy is also highly popular for hikers looking to explore the region. Mount Fitzroy is said to be home to trails that are somewhat less challenging than the Torres del Paine circuit, making it even more accessible for those visitors who are amateurs when it comes to the great outdoors. Mount Fitzroy treks have been lauded for the breathtaking views afforded to visitors and the variety of the landscapes.
This trek has been called one of the most famous in the world, and with good reason. The 26-mile trail leads to the mysterious, beautiful and renowned Machu Picchu, an absolute must-see if you are in Peru, or planning any trip to South America, really. There are numerous different trekking trails that can be taken to the top, so you can determine which suits your experience levels and goals for the journey. Along the way, you’ll see stunning ruins and natural wonders that will make for one of the most memorable experiences of your time in Peru.
This Colombian trek to “The Lost City,” allegedly older even than Machu Picchu, is not for the faint of heart. Ciudad Perdida, a city set on 170 stone terraces that thrived during the 800s then lie forgotten until 1973, is a remarkable site. However, while the rewards of reaching and exploring this indigenous place are great, so are the obstacles to getting there. This hike takes place in the heart of the jungle, which means an intensely hot and sweaty journey. You will need to join an organized tour in order to make the trek, so you will at least not be lonely during the climb. Along the way, you may find yourself crossing rivers and traversing landscapes you never thought possible, but it’s well worth the effort.