The largest mountain outside Asia: Mount Aconcagua, Argentina
And this list of the best adventure destinations in South America has already started strong. Mount Aconcagua is the largest mountain outside of Asia. Located in the Cordillera de los Andes, near Mendoza, Argentina, the Aconcagua has 6,962m altitude. A dream for any climber and a great physical and mental challenge for those who decide to face the summit.
The Aconcagua has three accesses to the peak with different levels of difficulty (in order): normal route, Glacier of the Poles and South Wall. Physical conditioning is important to reach the top of the mountain and to face the 15 days of the rarefied air and extreme cold. Those who want to reach the summit will find expeditions organized by tourist agencies that include guides, equipment and various options.
Not so much in adrenaline, but for being a true trip in time, Manchu Picchu is unsurpassed. And of course here we will completely disregard the buses and cars that go up to the city and mention what really matters: the Inca Trail - a series of trails that culminate in the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It has everything to do, going through mountains, leaving countries like Bolivia and Argentina, to go on foot or bike, with different challenges, landscapes and stories. Here's the list:
· Vale de Lares
· Pukara de Quitor
The adventure paradise: Atacama Desert, Chile
Another important information about the Atacama is that the city of San Pedro de Atacama is very well structured to receive tourists (as far as possible inside this desert), counting on tourist agencies at every corner that offer tours and guides for all tastes, pockets, available time and physical capabilities.
The rappel descent in Salto Ángel, Venezuela
Almost 1km of fall - to be precise, 979 meters (of which 808 are uninterrupted). This is the height of Angel Falls, the biggest jump in the world. An adventure destination in South America that is unforgettable and even more desirable for rappelling . If you are interested in it, know that Salto Ángel is considered the most inhospitable rappel on the planet.
A visit to the Chimborazo Volcano in Ecuador
One curious fact is that the Earth is not completely round. It has the shape of a flat sphere, which makes the distance between the surface of the poles relative to the center of the planet smaller than the same ratio on the Equator. And therefore, the true highest point of the planet, in relation to the center of the Earth is the Chimborazo (with a difference with the Everest of approximately 2km).
One of Perito Moreno's largest water reserves in Argentina
Many tour agencies in the region offer guided trekking. They are usually found in two modes: minitrekking and Big Ice. The first is a light walk of about two hours, the second lasts about six hours. In both cases, the traveler will face an extremely cold environment and should wear special clothing, as well as claws on the shoes, to avoid slipping.
From the mountains to the beach: meet Taynora, Colombia
The National Taynora National Park is located in Santa Marta, Colombia, and is rich in natural landscapes. The park covers 12 thousand hectares of forest and the snowy peaks, of Colón and Bolivia, the highest points of the Mountain of Sierra Nevada. Access by car can only be done until the beginning of the park, then it is possible to carry out the trail by walking or with the aid of a horse. Do not forget to bring suitable clothes to do the trekking.
From the highest point to the level of the sea, the park also has beaches open to visitation. Bringing two different scenarios, visitors who enjoy water adventures, too, can practice surfing at Los Naranjos beach, one of the sport's venues in the region. To get to the park, the city's tourist agencies offer transportation to the entrance. Those interested can stay in the city or camp in campsite areas in the park itself.
Adventure destination at the end of the world of Ushuaia, Argentina
In Brazil, a destination for adventure lovers is Monte Roraima. The rock formation in table format has 2,734m of altitude and the trekking until the mount joins to the most known of South America and has duration of six days. Throughout the period, you will spend the nights in camps and also, will enjoy to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes.
The journey begins in Boa Vista, capital of Roraima, passing through Santa Elena de Uairen and then Paraitepui, an indigenous community in Venezuela. The ascent to the mountain begins by the Venezuelan territory, because the walk can only be made by this way. But do not travel alone , look for a travel agency in Boa Vista to arrange the transfers, accommodations and permits needed to enter the park.