- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Climb in the Andes
The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world . It spreads over 7000 km from South to North of the Latin American continent. No need to say that the opportunities for mountaineering, rock climbing and trekking are almost infinite. You will find perfect granite walls for rock climbing, active volcanoes in which crater you can look after a day long hike, cross huge glacier to reach summits over 6000m altitude, ascend steep ice gullies on technical mixed routes or trek at the foot of the mountains across beautiful landscapes. The highest mountain outside Asia, Mount Aconcagua, rises to an elevation of about 6,961 m (22,838 ft) above sea level.
The Inca Trail is an in-depth journey through a variety of ecosystems, from plains to desert to tropical cloud forests. You’ll pass views of snowcapped mountains and rushing rivers. The highlight is Machu Picchu, the famed lost city of the Inca that was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. Then continue your trek to what was the heart and soul of the Inca Empire, Cusco.
Not to mention that you will only seldomly come across other visitors as the Andes are less crowded than the Alps, some (in)famous Himalayan peaks or known routes from the US rockies.