South & Central America

Finding The Best Treks In South America

Finding The Best Treks In South America

I just back from my vacation, trekking in the mountains of South America! I had, such a great time. When I was deciding where to go, there were so many options it was hard to choose the best one. These are some of best treks in South America.

Torres Del Paine

Torres Del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is an area that a lot of people like to visit. Visitors have a lot of options within the park. The scenery is fantastic and there are photo tours, treks and mountaineering expeditions from 1 to 2 day treks up to 8 day treks. Trekkers will see mountains, forests, waterfalls and a lot more. The glacier-fed lakes are spectacular! Camping is only one way to stay in the park, there are several refuges and lodges to choose from also.

FitzRoy and Los Glaciares National Park

Trekking in the Fitzroy region would not be complete unless it included the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. This is a hikers paradise with two huge glacial lakes, Lago Viedma and Lago Argentino which are a part of the park’s giant South Patagonis Icefield. Look out, that last steps a doosy! Treks in this area are usually around 5 to 7 days, because there is so much to see and do. Visitors interested in trekking in this area should be in good physical condition, it is considered a moderate trek.

Cusco

Treks in the Cusco region will range from 3 to 5 days all the way up to 8 to 10 days. Visitors shouldn’t miss the Sacred Valley of The Incas and the Inca fortress of Ollaytantambo. This was the site of the most famous battles between the Incas and the invading Spanish Conquistadors. Trekkers planning to visit anywhere around June 24th should not miss the Inti Raymi celebration. The festival of the Sun is huge draw to the Cusco region. It’s fantastic reenactment of ancient Incan rituals brings people from all over the world.

Cordillera Blanca

The Cordillera Blanca region is a good choice for trekkers who want to see if they pass muster. It is in the northern part of Peru and is one of the highest equatorial mountain chains in the world. This is not one for the faint of heart. Even touring it in June or July with strong sunshine it would have been well below freezing on some nights. Brrrrrrr! Treks in this region are usually lengthy from 5 to 10 days. The ancient Incans sometimes called the area YAINO because of all the Pre-Inca constructions. This area is wonderful for photo’s due to the large amount of ruins that are virtually unexplored.

The Cachi Mountains

Treks in the Cachi Mountains can be from 5 to 7 days. There is a great architectural museum and the church in the old city of San Jos de Cachi was built in the 17th Century. Visitors will pass through the Los Cardones National Park with it’s giant cacti and must try not to get into any prickly predicaments! Photo opportunities in this area abound. There are many visitors to this region every year in search of the best photos of flora and fauna in South America.

Needless, to say South America can provide some of the best 3 to 8 day treks around. Visitors should pick the one that appeals to them and have a great time trekking through the mountains. Trekkers might see anything from glacial lakes to Andean condors as they travel through the spectacular views and winding passes on their way to adventure!

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