Any outdoor enthusiast knows that South America is a continent with beautiful national parks and fantastic hiking, but did you know that you don’t have to give up a warm bed and luxurious meals on these outdoor adventures? If you want to experience nature, but don’t want to sacrifice your comfort, you’ll want to keep reading. Below are our 3 favorite luxury adventure trips in South America.
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Days: 7 days / 6 nights
- Starting point – Cuzco
Imagine, following in the footsteps of the Incas through the Andes Mountains to the magical Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. The Andes Mountains are a magnificent place of incredible beauty and what better way to discover the mountains by trekking. Along the journey you may experience a sort of peace and tranquility – when you do, that’s Pachamama, Mother Earth. In the Andes, you will hike past beautiful mountains and glaciers contrasted by dense jungle and waterfalls. After a journey such as this, you will arrive at Machu Picchu with a greater sense of accomplishment and a deeper understanding of what it meant to live during the Incan civilization. Along the journey, you may see guanacos, Aymara locals, sheep herders, pristine wildlife and so much more. Take in the beauty the Andes and experience nature in it’s purest form.
Instead of the classic Inca Trail we offer a luxurious lodging option, perfect for an outdoor enthusiast that wants extra comfort on the trek. During the day you hike from lodge to lodge and enjoy the comfort and service of top-quality mountain lodges located in the Andes Mountains. Each night you can enjoy fine dining, massages, spa treatments, and other amenities to make the trek more enjoyable. Experienced guides will be with you along the trek to make sure you have the best experience possible.
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2. Torres del Paine (the W Trek), Chile – Luxury Adventure Trips
- Difficulty – Moderate
- Duration – 8 days
- Best time to go – November – April
- Starting Point – Puerto Natales
Torres del Paine has over 1 million acres of incredible scenery and wildlife complete with over 60 miles of hiking trails making this the ultimate destination for any outdoor enthusiast. The glacial lakes, ice-capped peak, guanacos and Andean grey foxes are just a few of the reasons why nature lovers add this classic Patagonia park to their trip.
There are a few ways to do the W Trek, but if time and weather permit, just hit the main attractions: the Towers, the French Valley, and Glacier Grey. Keep in mind that if you’re traveling outside of high season, there is a possibility that parts of the W Trek could be closed due to weather.
EcoCamp Patagonia – Luxury Adventure Trips
Ditch the camping and opt for our luxury adventure trip in Torres del Paine National Park with Eco Camp Patagonia. Eco Camp Patagonia takes you on guided day hikes throughout the park to the three highlights: The Towers, Glacier Grey, and the French Valley. Combine beautiful day hikes with delicious meals, fantastic wines, and comfortable accommodations, and you get the perfect luxury adventure tour. This adventurous trip is ideal for anyone that wants to experience Torres del Paine and all its glory. Keep in mind that you can never predict the weather in Patagonia. You can experience all 4 seasons in one day, so come prepared.
Read more about “Glamping” at Patagonia’s EcoCamp.
You have your choice of five-star lodges in the park. Since you can do a majority of the hikes in a day, you can stay at a lodge in the park and still manage to complete the Towers Hike, The French Valley, and Glacier Grey hikes. We recommend the Explora Lodge, Tierra Patagonia, & Hotel Las Torres. Take a look at our Patagonia Lodges online for details. At these lodges, you will enjoy the finest wines paired with fresh food, luxurious beds, spa treatments and everything else you’d expect from a five-star hotel.
3. El Chalten & El Calafate Luxury Adventure Trips
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Days: 4 days / 3 nights
- Best time to go: November – April
- Starting Point: El Calafate
El Chaltén is a small hiker’s towns in Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park. El Chaltén is home to the famous Mount Fitz Roy peak. The park feels similar to Torres del Paine since it is in Patagonia, but the glaciers and overall feel is completely different. Also, keep in mind that El Chaltén is in Argentina, whereas Torres del Paine is in Chile. Here you will see beautiful tidewater glacial lakes, glacier moraines, jagged mountain peaks and Patagonian animals.
We offer a 4-day Patagonia tour with hiking trips to the ever so beautiful Torre Lake and Laguna de Los Tres. Here you will have your very own Patagonia expert tour guide that will take you throughout the park. You’ll be staying in the Hosteria Senderos, perfect for relaxing after a full day of trekking. Finish this portion of your trip in El Calafate at a four-star hotel; Kau Yatun equipped with jacuzzi tubs and deluxe amenities. Treat yourself to an excellent meal in town after those two full days of hiking. That’s what we like to call a Luxury Adventure Trip!
Check out our Guide to El Calafate for more details.
Get started planning your dream luxury adventure trip to South America! Click the link below to look at our recommended Adventure Tours or visit us online at www.SouthAmerica.travel.