Fourth largest continent, South America provides some of the finest treks in the world.
Whether you are for a day's trek or a multiday journey, you'll find limitless options, apt to all levels of fitness and expertise.
Naturally, when thinking about trekking South America, the legendary four-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu comes instantly to mind, but the continent's blessed geography has much more to offer to the international visitor than that.
From Venezuela's Roraima national park with its table-top mountains (tepuis) to jungle treks in the Amazon rainforest to the snow-capped mountains of southern Patagonia, there are myriad of options to choose from.
For instance, you make opt for the six-day trek to Ciudad Perdida, in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, or to explore the cloud forests of Amboró National Park, the jungles of Madidi or the vastness of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, in Bolivia, or some of Brazil's sixty percent share of the Amazon rainforest.
Perhaps you'll feel more inclined to explore the Altiplano and the Andes mountains of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. If fond of archaeological tourism, a visit to Peru's Kuelap is a great option, so it's the trek Olleros-Chavin de Huantar, or the many trails of Cuzco's Sacred Valley and surroundings, full of Inca stone roads, superb terraces and timeless architecture - Ollantaytambo, perhaps?
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Further down South, Chile and Argentina share an outstanding piece of nature known as Patagonia at both sides of the Andes, as well as some of the finest National Parks and Biosphere Reserves in the world, enough to mention Torres del Paine and Glaciers National Park, respectively.
If you'd like to explore a more secluded and exclusive destination, try the white continent, known as Antarctica. Granted, unless part of a scientific research project, you won't be able to trek much on your own, but there are some options through the different cruises that make it there on a yearly basis.
Having mentioned some of the most relevant alternatives for trekking South America, it is time to invite you to a more proactive approach and to start mapping your trails for yourself and others, the way Wikilocs does with the collaborative effort of about two million members at present time...and counting.
According to its founders, Jordi Jarmot and Montserrat Jordy..." the goal of Wikiloc is to help you share and discover GPS trails and waypoints from around the world in an easy way". In fact, you can create your own GPS tracks with your Smartphone and upload directly to Wikiloc in the easiest way possible by downloading the Wikiloc App for iPhone or Android.
The process is very simple, you need to sign up (free) and proceed to upload trails next. The site is available in several languages, also with the help of members.
Understandingly enough, South America is not as widely represented as Europe or USA is for that matter, however, there are some options ready for you to explore, and the list is growing.
Have a look at some of the available alternatives, including hiking trails, mountain biking trails, mountaineering trails, horseback riding trails, cycling trails and others, as well as to pick the length and difficulty level, from "Easy" to "Experts Only"...
Wait no more!...start mapping your own South America trekking experience to the joy of everyone!..