South America adventure-Best Hikes in South America

South America is rich with lot of mountains and lot of jungles. Beside this South America is rich with wonderful beaches and many other thing. Home of one of the highest mountain range in the world Andes this region offer fantastic condition for hiking. Although there is some super difficult hikes like Patagonia but still there is many mid and low hikes.

We made a list of 5 best hikes in our opinion. Feel free to suggest more if you like but let see what we made for you.

1.Salkantay to Machu Pichu hiking trail/Peru

The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.Its one of the most famous in South America

Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft) Mt. Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local indians. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning “Savage Mountain”.

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2.Summiting Huayna Potosí – BOLIVIA

In fact, Huayna Potosi is the most climbed mountain in the Cordillera Real and around La Paz. Its proximity to La Paz, its PD normal route, the presence of refuges and, most importantly, the huge amount of advertisement in tour agencies in La Paz initiate plenty of outdoor enthusiasts into mountaineering, while its other routes including its West face will offer different environments for more experienced mountaineers.
It is often written on the Internet that Huayna Potosi is the easiest 6000 meters peak in the world. In my experience, Chachani, in Southern Peru, is quite easier. From a friend of mine’s experience, Acotango, on the Bolivia-Chile border, is probably even easier.

From La Paz, public transport to Zongo pass where the eastern routes originate is possible. Buses depart daily from Bavillián Plaza in El Alto at 5 and 6 am and ask to be dropped at the hydroelectric dam (please double-check the schedule beforehand). Any taxi can also be hired for this trip. Make sure to arrange for your return too as the road is very infrequently traveled. Since there are many guided tours on Huayna Potosi, you can also buy a seat in one of their transport. If you are in South America this trail should be on your list.
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3.Valley of the Volcanoes and Cotopaxi Volcano – ECUADOR

Trekking is special in Ecuador, as you can experience the endemic vegetation and wildlife that has adapted to the high Andean plateaus and volcanoes.Explore areas that are home to species that have developed unique coexistence with low oxygen levels, active volcanoes and thousands of fresh water lagoons. Discover perfect moments, glowing sunsets, exceptional ecosystems and amazing wildlife under the towering volcano giants that will accompany our journey. Freshly prepared meals, exceptional interpretational and guiding skills and professional grade camping equipment are part of what you can expect from Ecuador Adventure’s trekking experience.Its one of the most adventures treks in South America

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4.Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu – PERU

The Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu is by far the most adventurous trekking option in the Cusco region. It is also the most varied in terms of activities.

The ‘trek’ includes a massive downhill mountain biking experience, followed by possible river rafting on Grade III and IV rapids, jungle trekking, and optional zip-lining. It culminates with a visit to Machu Picchu.

Most trekking companies offer the Inca Jungle trek on a 4D/3N itinerary, although it is possible to complete the trek on a 3D/2N itinerary (more on this below). Accommodation on the trek is in hostel or home-stays, with a night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

The trek naturally appears to adventurous types who like thrilling adrenaline-filled experiences. If you are looking for a pure Andean trekking experience, hate mountain biking and enjoying camping, then this trek is not for you. Rather check out these alternative treks to Machu Picchu or indeed, the Classic Inca Trail.

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5.La Ciudad Perdida, Lost City Trek – COLOMBIA

Undiscovered by the Western world until the 1970s (some say that locals knew of its presence for hundreds of years), this ancient lost city is visited by a handful of tourists compared to the hoards that descend upon Machu Picchu each year. The city itself was built between the 8th – 14th centuries by the Tayrona Indians and although only circular stone terraces remain, the site is a wonder to behold, perhaps made all the more amazing by the lack of fellow tourists. The trek can be completed in either four or five days (cost is the same regardless of duration) and will take you through rainforest, walking through streams and wading through rivers and then finally to the entrance of the Lost City where the trees open up to offer spectacular panoramic views of the blue-tinged jungle-clad mountains. There is some steep hiking on the trail and swimming in the river and splashing in the beautiful waterfalls along the way will certainly help to cool you off. One of the most interesting parts of the trek are the encounters with the indigenous Kogi tribe of people that have been living a traditional life in the area for thousands of years. One tip, is to make sure you have good mosquito repellant as the insects can be extremely persistent in the jungle!

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