Stunning diverse landscapes, mountains, forests, waterfalls, rivers.


Machu Picchu Trek (Peru)

  • Country: Peru
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Minimum Elevation: 2,430m
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,215m
  • Total Kilometers: 43km (26.7 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $500-$800
  • Best Companies: Adventure Peru Tours, Alpaca Expeditions, Llama Path
  • Best Period: May to September

The Machu Picchu Trek is a bucket-list adventure that takes you through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. This multi-day hike allows you to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sacred Valley and leads you to the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Trekking along the Inca Trail, you’ll pass through diverse ecosystems, including cloud forests and high mountain passes, while immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Incas. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Sun Gate, where you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. This iconic hike combines history, nature, and adventure, making it a must-do for any avid hiker and history enthusiast.

Machu Picchu © Alex Azabache Free Use
Machu Picchu © Alex Azabache

Torres del Paine Circuit (Chile)

  • Country: Chile
  • Duration: 7-10 days
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Minimum Elevation: 50m
  • Maximum Elevation: 1,100m
  • Total Kilometers: 130km (80.8 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $500-$1,000
  • Best Companies: Fantástico Sur, Cascada Expediciones, Erratic Rock
  • Best Period: December to March

The Torres del Paine Circuit is a legendary trek that winds through the stunning landscapes of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. This challenging hike takes you around the iconic granite towers and offers jaw-dropping views of glaciers, sparkling lakes, and vast open plains. The circuit encompasses a variety of terrains, from steep ascents to river crossings, allowing you to immerse yourself in the raw beauty of Patagonia. You’ll encounter breathtaking sights such as the Grey Glacier, the French Valley, and the famous Torres del Paine peaks. This adventure is a true test of endurance and rewards hikers with unforgettable vistas at every turn.

Torres Del Paine Chile pexels © claudio mota
Torres Del Paine Chile pexels © claudio mota

Ciudad Perdida Trek (Colombia)

  • Country: Colombia
  • Duration: 4-6 days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Minimum Elevation: 50m
  • Maximum Elevation: 1,200m
  • Total Kilometers: 46km (28.6 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $300-$500
  • Best Companies: Expotur, Magic Tour Colombia, Wiwa Tours
  • Best Period: December to March

Embark on a journey back in time with the Ciudad Perdida Trek, also known as the Lost City Trek, in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This archaeological adventure takes you deep into the dense jungle, following ancient stone pathways built by the indigenous Tayrona civilization. As you hike through lush rainforests, cross rivers, and ascend stone steps, you’ll come across terraces, plazas, and ceremonial sites that make up the Ciudad Perdida complex. The trek offers a blend of physical challenge, cultural immersion, and natural beauty, with encounters with local indigenous communities adding a unique touch to the experience. This off-the-beaten-path trek is a true gem waiting to be discovered.

Lost City ciudad perdida colombia
Lost City ciudad perdida colombia – photo Credit © Tristan Quevilly

Huemul Circuit – El Chalten (Argentina)

  • Country: Argentina
  • Duration: 4-5 days
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Minimum Elevation: 400m
  • Maximum Elevation: 1,400m
  • Total Kilometers: 56km (34.8 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $300-$500
  • Best Companies: Ananta Expeditions, Expediciones Huemul, Mountaineering Patagonia
  • Best Period: November to April

The Huemul Circuit in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park is a challenging and remote trek that offers a true wilderness experience. This lesser-known route takes you through pristine landscapes, including glaciers, lakes, and snow-capped mountains. The circuit involves river crossings, steep ascents, and navigating rough terrain, making it suitable for experienced hikers seeking an adventure off the beaten path. The highlight of the hike is the breathtaking view of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field from Paso del Viento. With its rugged beauty and sense of isolation, the Huemul Circuit is a true hidden gem for those seeking a true Patagonian wilderness experience.

Huemul Chalren Free Use
Huemul Chalren Free Use

Acatenango Volcano (Guatemala)

  • Country: Guatemala
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Minimum Elevation: 2,000m
  • Maximum Elevation: 3,976m
  • Total Kilometers: 16km (9.9 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $50-$100
  • Best Companies: OX Expeditions, Guatemalan Adventure, Old Town Outfitters
  • Best Period: November to April

Ascend the mighty Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala for an unforgettable hiking experience. This overnight trek takes you to the summit of Acatenango, where you’ll witness breathtaking views of the nearby active Fuego Volcano erupting in the distance. The hike involves steep ascents, rocky trails, and camping near the summit. As you hike through lush forests and volcanic landscapes, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Camping overnight allows you to witness the mesmerizing spectacle of Fuego’s eruptions under a starry sky. The Acatenango Volcano hike offers a perfect combination of adventure, natural beauty, and volcanic wonders.

Tristan Volcan Del Fuego Guatemala
Volcan Del Fuego Guatemala photo Credit © Tristan Quevilly

Colca Canyon Trek (Peru)

  • Country: Peru
  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Minimum Elevation: 3,300m
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,910m
  • Total Kilometers: 36km (22.4 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $100-$200
  • Best Companies: Enigma, Peru Adventure Treks, The Green House Arequipa
  • Best Period: April to October

Explore the dramatic depths of Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons, on the Colca Canyon Trek in Peru. This multi-day adventure takes you through stunning landscapes, including terraced valleys, traditional villages, and soaring cliffs. The hike involves steep descents and ascents, challenging your physical stamina. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to spot Andean condors soaring above the canyon’s walls, providing an awe-inspiring sight. Immerse yourself in the local culture, interacting with indigenous communities and enjoying the tranquility of the surroundings. The Colca Canyon Trek is a thrilling journey into the heart of Peru’s natural wonders.

Colca Canyon wim van den brande Free Usel
Colca Canyon wim van den brande Free Usel

Fitz Roy Trek (Argentina)

  • Country: Argentina
  • Duration: 3-4 days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Minimum Elevation: 400m
  • Maximum Elevation: 1,200m
  • Total Kilometers: 44km (27.3 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $200-$400
  • Best Companies: Say Hueque, Hielo y Aventura, Chaltén Travel
  • Best Period: November to March

Discover the majestic beauty of the Patagonian Andes on the Fitz Roy Trek in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. This trek takes you through pristine forests, crystal-clear rivers, and glaciers, offering awe-inspiring views of the iconic Mount Fitz Roy and its surrounding peaks. The hike involves challenging sections with steep ascents and descents, but the stunning vistas and natural wonders along the way make it all worthwhile. Experience the magic of sunrise illuminating the granite peaks and witness the changing colors of the landscape. The Fitz Roy Trek is a true paradise for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts seeking to capture the essence of Patagonia.

Fitz Roy Free Use
Fitz Roy Free Use

Inca Trail to Choquequirao (Peru)

  • Country: Peru
  • Duration: 8-10 days
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Minimum Elevation: 1,550m
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,670m
  • Total Kilometers: 64km (39.8 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $800-$1,200
  • Best Companies: Apus Peru, Peru Treks, Llama Path
  • Best Period: April to October

Embark on a journey of archaeological wonders and natural beauty on the Inca Trail to Choquequirao in Peru. This challenging trek takes you to the remote ruins of Choquequirao, often referred to as the “sister city” of Machu Picchu. The trail winds through diverse landscapes, from lush cloud forests to high mountain passes, providing breathtaking views along the way. Explore the intricately carved terraces, temples, and ceremonial sites of Choquequirao and experience a sense of awe and discovery. With fewer crowds compared to the famous Inca Trail, this trek offers a more secluded and immersive encounter with ancient Inca history and breathtaking mountain scenery.

Santa Cruz Trek (Peru)

  • Country: Peru
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Minimum Elevation: 2,870m
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,750m
  • Total Kilometers: 50km (31.1 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $200-$400
  • Best Companies: Alpaca Expeditions, Peru Bergsport, The Mountain Company
  • Best Period: May to September

Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in Peru with the Santa Cruz Trek. This picturesque trek takes you through the heart of the Andes, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and vibrant meadows. The trail traverses high mountain passes, such as Punta Union, and allows you to witness the majesty of peaks like Alpamayo and Huascaran. Encounter local Quechua communities along the way, gaining insights into their traditional way of life. The Santa Cruz Trek is a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and moderate hiking challenge, making it an ideal choice for adventure seekers.

Trek Santa Cruz © Tristan Quevilly
Trek Santa Cruz © Tristan Quevilly

La Ciudad Encantada (Ecuador)

  • Country: Ecuador
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Minimum Elevation: 2,700m
  • Maximum Elevation: 2,900m
  • Total Kilometers: 5km (3.1 miles)
  • Approximate Price: Free
  • Best Period: Year-round

Uncover the enchanting rock formations of La Ciudad Encantada in Ecuador’s Cajas National Park. This day hike takes you through a mystical landscape characterized by bizarre rock shapes and formations, carved by natural erosion processes over centuries. The trail meanders through rolling hills, sparkling lagoons, and dense vegetation, providing a sense of tranquility and connection with nature. The unique geological formations resemble an otherworldly city, hence the name “La Ciudad Encantada” or “The Enchanted City.” This easy hike offers a refreshing escape into the natural wonders of Ecuador and is suitable for hikers of all levels.

Cocora Valley (Colombia)

  • Country: Colombia
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Minimum Elevation: 1,900m
  • Maximum Elevation: 2,800m
  • Total Kilometers: 12km (7.5 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $5-$10
  • Best Period: December to February, July to August

Immerse yourself in the surreal beauty of Cocora Valley, a stunning natural treasure located in Colombia’s Coffee Triangle region. This day hike takes you through lush cloud forests and rolling hills, where you’ll encounter the iconic wax palm trees, Colombia’s national tree and the tallest palm trees in the world. The trail leads you to breathtaking viewpoints, allowing you to marvel at the grandeur of the landscape. Along the way, you can also visit a hummingbird sanctuary and indulge in a cup of freshly brewed coffee from the local farms. Cocora Valley offers a memorable hiking experience amidst a picturesque and magical setting.

valle de cocora colombia
valle de cocora colombia – photo credit © Tristan Quevilly

Roraima Trek (Venezuela)

  • Country: Venezuela
  • Duration: 6-8 days
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Minimum Elevation: 800m
  • Maximum Elevation: 2,810m
  • Total Kilometers: 70km (43.5 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $800-$1,200
  • Best Companies: Backpackers, Explore Partners, World Expeditions
  • Best Period: December to April

Embark on an epic adventure to the mystical tabletop mountain of Roraima, located in Venezuela’s Gran Sabana region. This challenging trek takes you through dense rainforests, rivers, and steep ascents, leading you to the summit of Mount Roraima. The trek offers a unique landscape filled with surreal rock formations, lush vegetation, and mist-shrouded valleys. Discover the endemic flora and fauna of the region, including the carnivorous pitcher plant and the Roraima bush toad. Camping on the summit of Roraima allows you to witness breathtaking sunsets and sunrises, as well as surreal cloud formations. The Roraima Trek is an extraordinary journey into a prehistoric world.

Roraima Free Use
Roraima

Salkantay Trek (Peru)

  • Country: Peru
  • Duration: 4-6 days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
  • Minimum Elevation: 2,900m
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,650m
  • Total Kilometers: 74km (46 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $300-$600
  • Best Companies: Alpaca Expeditions, G Adventures, Salkantay Trekking
  • Best Period: April to October

Embark on an alternative route to Machu Picchu with the Salkantay Trek in Peru. This challenging trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, high-altitude passes, and subtropical rainforests. The trail offers breathtaking views of the mighty Salkantay Mountain and takes you to remote villages where you can experience the local way of life. One of the highlights of the trek is reaching the Humantay Lake, a stunning turquoise gem nestled in the Andean mountains. Finally, the journey concludes with a visit to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, rewarding you with a sense of achievement and a glimpse into the ancient Inca civilization.

salkantay trek Free Use
salkantay trek Free Use

 

Pico de Orizaba (Mexico)

  • Country: Mexico
  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Minimum Elevation: 4,200m
  • Maximum Elevation: 5,636m
  • Total Kilometers: 22km (13.7 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $500-$800
  • Best Companies: MexiKanTours, Summits of Mexico, Adventures Mexico
  • Best Period: December to March

Embark on a high-altitude mountaineering adventure to the summit of Pico de Orizaba, the highest volcano in Mexico and the third highest peak in North America. This challenging trek requires mountaineering skills and acclimatization to high altitudes. The route takes you through rocky terrain, glaciers, and snowfields, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Reaching the summit of Pico de Orizaba is a rewarding experience, providing a sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring vistas. This expedition is suitable for experienced mountaineers looking to push their limits and conquer a significant peak in the Mexican landscape.

Orizaba Free USe
Orizaba Free USe

Sierra Nevada del Cocuy Circuit (Colombia)

  • Country: Colombia
  • Duration: 7-10 days
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Minimum Elevation: 3,100m
  • Maximum Elevation: 5,330m
  • Total Kilometers: 70km (43.5 miles)
  • Approximate Price: $500-$1,000
  • Best Companies: Expotur, Colombian Journeys, Trek Colombia
  • Best Period: December to February

Embark on a challenging expedition through the stunning Sierra Nevada del Cocuy in Colombia. This multi-day trek takes you through a diverse range of landscapes, from high-altitude paramo to glacial lakes and rugged valleys. The circuit allows you to summit several peaks, including Ritacuba Blanco, the highest peak in the range. Along the way, you’ll encounter unique flora and fauna, such as frailejones (giant rosettes) and spectacled bears. The Sierra Nevada del Cocuy Circuit is a true wilderness adventure that rewards hikers with breathtaking views, pristine nature, and a sense of accomplishment as you conquer the rugged terrain and reach new heights.