Unmissable Hiking Experiences in South America

South America is a hotspot for tourism that offers countless trails for fun and spectacular views. This is a hiker’s dream location, but with so many trails to choose from, it can be difficult to pick a starting point. So, if you’re interested in visiting South America but can’t decide where, these are some incredible hiking experiences to go on.

1. Peru – Salkantay Trek

As one of the most famous trekking places in Cusco, this is known to be the trip of a lifetime and you’ll enjoy your fair share of local food along the way. Much of the trail is covered in snow, however, so you’ll want the best hiking equipment like walking boots.

The best time to go is March through to October and it takes around 5 days to hike. Trails are tough along this trek, though, so make sure you get plenty of training to ensure you complete it.

2. Columbia – Lost City Trek

Columbia is a popular destination to visit in South America with around 4.5 million people visiting in 2022 according to the most recent data. Taking on the Lost City Trek is a popular activity in the country.

This is located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia and it’s an opportunity to interact with indigenous communities that live here. It must be done with an approved tour company, ensuring you are safe. It takes from 4 to 5 days and normally around 50km.

3. Ecuador – Cotopaxi Volcano

If you’re looking for a challenge, Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador is a must-try. With a 2-day duration, 9.9km distance and a height of almost 6,000 meters, this is no small feat for any hiker. Make sure you’re experienced and confident enough to ensure success.

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The best time to go is around December and January, and your starting point will be in Latacunga in central Ecuador.

4. Chile – the W Trek

The name comes from the shape of the trek, which is a W through the Torres Del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. Incredible mountain and water views can be enjoyed along the way, which you’ll be in awe of.

This huge 80km will take around four days to complete but can be done by those with moderate skill levels. The best time to go is September and April, so you can enjoy good weather that won’t be too hot for hiking.

Whichever trail you decide to take on, you’re sure to have the best time with your fellow hikers. Just make sure you give yourself the best chance of avoiding common hiking injuries by training properly and wearing the appropriate gear.

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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