The countries which make up South America and the Caribbean offer a multitude of diverse and inspiring landscapes that have long attracted walkers and trekkers to the continent. With so much choice available in this part of the world, there is something to suit all interests and fitness levels – from easy walks up to challenging treks.
South America boasts many geographical accolades. It is home to the world’s longest mountain range - the Andes, the highest waterfall – Angel Falls in Venezuela, the largest rainforest – the Amazon and the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile. South America is also one of the most bio diverse continents on earth and is home to many interesting animal species such as llama, jaguar and vicuna.
The most famous hike in this region is the Inca Trail in Peru. Suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness, it offers a physical challenge, cultural interest, ever-changing landscapes and the grand prize of Machu Picchu. However walking in Peru is not just limited to the Inca Trail; there are many more walking options including the more off the beaten track Salkanty Trail and trekking to the lesser known Inca site of Choquequirao or the Ausangate Circuit. In nearby Bolivia, there’s the Inca Pilgrim Way; a two-day trek centred around the Island of the Sun on Lake Titicaca, using old Inca Roads.