If you are headed to South America and are in search of an adventure, the trips below are guaranteed to fit the bill.
The Inca Trail is one of South America’s greatest trips because it leads to Machu Picchu. Along the trail you will encounter numerous Inca sites and panoramic vistas. Hiking at altitude can be tough, so if you are up for a challenge, this is probably the trip for you. But don’t worry if hiking isn’t your thing. You get to choose to hike the Classic Inca Trail, hike the Inca Quarry Trail or stay in Cuzco a bit longer before catching a train to Aguas Calientes.
You will travel through the Sacred Valley which still holds mystical significance to the indigenous cultures of the area. While there you get to interact with the local community.
This adventure will also take you through Lima and Cuzco where you can witness the unusual blending of colonial and Inca cultures.
One of the few untouched places on earth, the enchanting Galapagos Islands offer visitors a unique opportunity to view Mother Nature at her best. Charles Darwin noted that critters here evolved with traits that made them suited specifically for their island environment.
On your trip you will be able to snorkel among the turtles and the diamond sting rays off of Darwin Beach (don’t forget your underwater camera!), wander in Santa Fe’s Opuntia Forest, tour the seabird rookeries on Genovesa, learn about the unique flora in Bahia Sullivan, and take in a stroll along the rust-colored sands of Isla Rabida. You will also learn about the islands’ history at the San Cristobal Interpretation Center.
The trip includes 2 nights at a hotel and 4 nights on boats. What could possibly be more fun than that?
Trekking Patagonia is something most adventurers have longed to do since they first set their eyes on a picture of Torres del Paine National Park. This awe-inspiring trip takes you there where you will camp for 3 nights. You then move on to El Chalten, Glacier National Park, El Calafate, and to see the Perito Moreno Glacier.
You also get a chance to visit Punta Arenas and glance across the windswept plains and Straits of Magellan towards Porvenier and Tierra del Fuego. A boat trip on the Beagle Channel sets out from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city,and you get to spend some time in Buenos Aires taking in museums and possibly fitting in a tango lesson or two.
With a physical rating of 4 out of 5, this Patagonian trekking adventure is challenging and promises scenery guaranteed to take your breath away.