Latin America features some of the world´s most famous hiking trails and the region is without doubt an excellent choice for trekking and hiking lovers.
There are plenty of routes most adventure travelers have already heard of – the Inca Trail in Peru or the W-Trek in Chile´s Torres del Paine National Park top the bucket list of many.
The below adventures are our personal favorite hiking tours and include some of Latin America´s lesser known trekking gems. Perfect for adventure travelers who love to go off the beaten path.
Southernmost Trekking of the World
Dientes de Navarino Circuit
The Dientes de Navarino Trek leads travelers off the beaten path along the world´s southernmost trekking route. Hikers encounter stunning views while trekking along the jagged and teeth-like looking peaks of the Dientes de Navarino Massif, over vast snowfields, through beautiful beech forests and mountain valleys.
The Dientes de Navarino hike is the right choice for skilled and passionate trekkers with excellent physical condition as the route is often referred to as South America´s most challenging hiking tour. One of the world´s last real adventures!
Hike in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil hosts one of the country´s most spectacular and surreal landscapes, composed of beautiful white sand dunes. Lying just outside the Amazon basin, the region is subject to a regular rain season which causes a peculiar phenomenon: fresh water remains in the valleys between the white sand dunes, painting the desert with thousands of turquoise blue lakes.
Trekking lovers can experience a unique and sensorial kind of trekking adventure exploring the area walking barefoot! Feeling the warm sand between their toes they will connect with all their senses to this magical place.
Inca Culture & ancient Ruins
The Choquequirao Trek takes hikers through historically rich territory and diverse landscapes and climates. Those who opt for this hiking tour will walk from highlands surrounded by snow-capped mountains along green valleys, and arid mountain peaks to the cloud forest and the tropical forest of the high jungle.
Hikers will visit, and even camp in, Choquequirao, a spectacular Inca Ruin site that is even larger than Machu Picchu and far less touristy. The Choquequirao Ruin site is one of the ancient lost Inca Cities that Hiram Bingham discovered in 1909.
Wildlife & Rainforest Trek
Cerro Chirripo & Corcovado Hiking
This Hiking Tour brings travelers to Costa Rica´s most outstanding destinations. They will climb Cerro Chirripo, Costa Rica´s highest peak, and explore Corcovado National Park, the world´s most biodiverse place on earth.
Along the way they can admire spectacular mountain views and diverse landscapes: cloud forest, a tundra like mountain habitat and lush rainforests and observe some of Costa Rica´s diverse wildlife. Highlights include the elusive quetzal and tropical wildlife such as sloths, tapirs, anteaters, scarlet macaws, toucans, pumas, and the 4 species of monkeys that exist in Costa Rica.
Andes Mountains & Snow Trekking
Snowshoeing Winter Adventure in Maipo Valley
This day tour takes hikers out to the picturesque winter landscape of Chile´s Andes Mountains. During an exciting snowshoeing adventure they will explore the Morado Natural Monument in the Maipo Valley located only a short drive away from Santiago.
It is the perfect experience for everybody who visits Chile during winter time and wants to escape Santiago for a day, join an active trekking tour and experience the real Andes Mountains.
Local Culture & Community Trek
Community Based Trekking Tour in Mapu Lahual
This trekking route is still one of Chile´s best kept secrets! “Mapu Lahual” which forms part of the Network of Indigenous Parks is located on the coastline of Chile´s Lake District. The the trekking route leads hikers through larch and temperate rainforests and along beautiful rivers and pristine beaches.
Accommodation during this hike is at the home of local Mapuche families and travelers will get authentic inside into the daily life of the people that live in this area and learn about their ancestors´culture and traditions.
Is your dream trekking tour missing from this list?
There are several further alternatives we can offer you all over Latin America.Get in touch with our Travel Specialists to find the best trekking adventure for you!