Patagonia is also popular – a region which is shared between Argentina and Chile. The main walking area here is Torres del Paine National Park – with plenty of mountains, lakes, rivers and a glacier, this is most definitely an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area around Mount Fitz Roy (3359m) in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina also offers an abundance of walking opportunities.
To the north, there’s Venezuela, home to the Canaima National Park which includes Mount Roraima (2810m), the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, ‘The Lost World.’ The tabletop mountains of this park are considered some of the oldest geological formations in the world. Mount Roraima was first scaled in 1884 and was in fact the first recorded major tepui (tabletop mountain) to be climbed and the route taken by Sir Everard im Thurn is the same route hikers still use today.
In the Caribbean, Cuba has excellent walking and trekking trails. This unique island has a diverse landscape and offers walks through the tobacco fields of Vinales, the tropical forests of Topes de Collantes National Parks and in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, amongst others. In the east of the island there is the famous trail through the jungle to Comandancia de la Plata, Fidel Castros’s headquarters during the Cuban Revolution. While nearby is the start of the trek to the summit of Pico Real del Turquino (1972m), the highest point on the island.
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