Top 4 Destinations in South America for the Adventurous Traveler

If you’re planning a trip to South America, chances are you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to what to see and where to go. In such a stunning geographically and culturally diverse location, there is truly something for every adventurous traveller. Here are some of the best things to add to your South American adventure itinerary.

Hiking to Torres del Paine

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Set in the middle of one of the driest deserts in world, San Pedro de Atacama is a must-see destination. With stunningly clear star-gazing, abundant bird watching, and a chance to trek to the Toco volcanoes, Atacama is a truly captivating experience for all who visit. If you’re interested in exploring, hikes are recommended through the Kari Gorge, Jeres Valley, Devils Gorge and the Inca Highway. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the wilder side of Chile.

Torres del Paine

This spectacular National Park is a magic part of Chilean Patagonia. With imposing mountains, majestic lakes and an abundance of stunning flora and fauna, Torres del Paine is an essential stop for nature enthusiasts. You can choose to explore the amazing landscape in a variety of ways, with guided horseback tours, nature treks and bicycle rides all being offered by a number of operators. As some of these can be quite challenging, it pays to keep safety in mind: always have current travel insurance, research your tour operators, and ensure they use reputable brands such as Merida bikes and other quality equipment. For those who would rather focus on relaxation, a visit to the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa will let you soak up the scenery while indulging in a range of luxurious treatments.


If you’re looking to chase the thrills of the best ski slopes in Argentina, then look no further than Bariloche. Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Nahuél Huapí lake, it is also known for its stunning treks through picturesque and majestic mountains and forests. A perfect mix of modern luxury and pristine nature, Bariloche is defitniely worth a visit.

El Calafate

This modern city is as popular with the Argentineans as it is with visitors, yet still retains a relaxed feel. For the adventure of a lifetime, take a drive out of the city and experience the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno glacier, a truly unforgettable sight. It is one of the only glaciers in Patagonia that is growing, and thanks to several tour organisers, you can take treks to the glacier that range from and hour and a half to five hour explorations.

If you’re looking for adventure, you can’t go wrong with South America. Whether you’re into hiking, bike riding, skiing or exploring on horseback, there’s an activity for every taste. Your itinerary is bound to be diverse, as nowhere else offers such a breathtaking contrast of landscapes. From harsh deserts to glaciers, and magnificent mountains to lush forests, your trip to South America will truly be an experience of a lifetime.


Written by the South America Tourist, your #1 resource for backpacking South America.