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The Andes are a formidable trekking destination, with steep and rugged terrain, and alititude often over 3,000 for even a more moderate route. Your efforts will be more than rewarded however, with the breathtaking scenery your will enjoy.
An emerging adventure travel destination in the Andes is undoubtedly Peru, with it's extansive range of hiking and mountain biking opportunities. This is your chance to explore the land of the Incas, and journey to the ancient civilisations of Ollantaytambo, Cusco, and of course, Machu Picchu.
Outside of the Himalayas, Aconcagua is the world’s highest summit, offering some of the most difficult trekking routes on earth.
The extreme weather conditions and high altitude offer a challenging yet thoroughly rewarding expedition, where stunning views of the awe-inspiring Andes mountain range can be seen from the highest peak in the Southern and Western hemispheres.
(Photo by Jim Ryan from 'Aconcagua and the Southern Andes)
At the southernmost point of the Andes lies the Torres del Paine national park in Chile. With its iconic granite spires, vast glaciers, unspoilt forests and rich wildlife, this destination is truly unforgettable. It is a remote trekking destination, but one that (in good weather) is not technically demanding, as there are clear paths to follow for the majority of the routes.
www.aconcagua.com (Information about the mountain, routes, guides, climate)
www.gochile.cl (all the information you need to plan a trip)
Guided / Self guided trips:
www.andeantrails.co.uk (Specialist tour operator offering treks and expeditions)
www.patagonicas.com (Aconcagua expedition mountain guides)
www.aymara.com.ar (Aconcagua expeditions and adventures)