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South America: A Paradise for the Adventure Traveler

Adventure may not mean the same to everybody: As a traveler, you can find adventure in almost everything as long as you have an untamed spirit! Experiencing the life in a foreign village, exploring the wild forest, trying a new sport… Almost anything can be considered adventurous if you’re in the right mood. But, in the end, adventure traveling will bring you closer to nature, opening new possibilities and perspectives when you embark on an adventurous journey across exciting destinations. And South America is indeed an exciting destination, with a capital E! This continent is known for its seamless, natural beauty, uncharted lands, immense diversity and rugged terrain all around. If you’re looking for adventure trips, then South America is the perfect place as you have so many possibilities before you.

6 Unique Adventure Trips in South America

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is definitely one of the best South America tours, and something every adventure traveler must do. But you should know that it is not for the faint hearted. You’ll have to travel over 27 miles through ancient ruins, mountain passes and dense rainforests to reach your destination, the mind-blowing Inca city of Machu Picchu. This 4-day Machu Picchu tour is the one: the Inca trail can be the adventure trip of your life. However, if you don’t have enough time or money, tour operators offer also trail excursions to Machu Picchu with less miles (usually 10 miles). These short Machu Picchu tours may last for about 2 days trekking across the former Inca territory. One has to say that the scenery is simply breathtaking. One thing to bear in mind: The Inca Trail can be really crowded during the peak months (between June and September).

Trekking in Patagonia

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For an adventure lover, the trekking opportunity in Patagonia might be an experience he shouldn’t miss. The trekking trails extend to Chile and Argentina, in places like El Chaltén, Bariloche, Calafate, Ushuaia or Torres del Paine. In your adventure trips around Patagonia, you’ll come across some of the wildest places on earth. Breath-taking landscapes, beautiful mountain ranges and iced-over rivers are waiting for you on the trail. You can even explore the Beagle Channel (in South America’s southern end) by boat if you want. Whale watching and bird watching are also popular activities in these South America tours, if you visit places like Puerto Madryn (Argentina) or Punta Arenas (Chile).

Whitewater Rafting in Mendoza River

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Whitewater rafting in the Mendoza River is another great adventure experience you can live during your South America tours. Rafting lovers from all over the world flock to Mendoza (Argentina) to experience all kinds of adventure trips in this unique place. Even the most experienced rafter will find it really challenging to raft here. However, Mendoza River has plenty of waters and courses for every skill level. The water might be cold and calmer during the months of winter, and this would be the perfect period for rafters to enjoy the unique experience, one of the best adventure trips in South America.

Snorkeling in Galapagos Islands

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The Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) are the perfect place for those mavericks in a constant search of adventure trips. The wildlife here is very unique, and you’ll come across many interesting natural species under and above water. Hiking across the volcanoes of Galapagos Islands will introduce you to many unique wildlife species. On the other hand, upon snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean you’ll discover an incredible variety of species and beautiful coral reefs. In fact, Galapagos Islands is the second largest marine reserve in the whole world, only surpassed by the Great Coral Reef in Australia. Without question, snorkeling is the best way to enjoy the spirit of the island. You may even encounter sea lions over there!

NOTE: If you’re interested in other things to do in this amazing place, take a look at this beginner’s guide to Galapagos Island!

Scuba Diving in Venezuela


Scuba diving enthusiasts should certainly head to Venezuela, as this is the perfect place for these kind of adventure trips in South America. You should head to Los Roques Archipelago, where you’ll have the time of your life enjoying the amazing underwater scenery. This is a national park region and you will come across eagle rays, manta rays, reefs and exotic fish, among other unique species. On the island of Gran Roque, you’ll find a great deal of diving shops, which may come in handy if you need any piece of equipment. There’s also the option to arrange boats from Gran Roque for a week-long Scuba diving trip. As a Scuba lover, you won’t regret visiting Los Roques at all. If you don’t have your Scuba diving certification yet, don’t worry! Los Roques is the perfect place to start, with lots of renowned PADI-approved diving schools.

Trekking to Tayrona Lost City in Colombia

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A trekking trip to the Tayrona Lost City in Colombia is something that will take the breath away from the adventure traveler in you. The Lost City, a former 7th century settlement of the Tayrona people, was abandoned and remained inaccessible for hundreds of years. Trekking to Lost City is one of the best South America tours, and you’ll definitely enjoy every single bit of this journey. The trek to Tayrona Lost City takes about 4 days, and during the journey you’ll walk across rivers and amazing natural landscapes, stay with locals and learn about their culture before getting to this mystical archaeological site. If you liked adventure trips like Machu Picchu trekking, the Lost City is definitely a must!