Tuesday, 16 Aug 2022

The Top Mountains to Climb in Latin America

Latin America is a destination rich in glorious and hikable mountains, from up north to Patagonia.

The Top Mountains to Climb in Latin America

Mountain hiking has become an increasingly popular activity as travelers seek to make contact with nature and discover new places with incredible natural landscapes. According to data from the United Nations, mountain tourism is responsible for between 15 and 20 percent of world tourism.

In celebration of this latest trend, travel company Despegar recommends some iconic Latin American destinations for adventurous travelers who prefer to discover new places through their rugged mountains.

Latin America offers extraordinary mountains for all kinds of climbers, from the north of the continent all the way to Patagonia. Here are six of the most beautiful and challenging peaks for experts and amateurs alike.

Located between the states of Veracruz and Puebla, this active volcano which is the highest peak in Mexico and third-highest in North America is one of the most popular for hiking and mountaineering. This site, known as Pico de Orizaba National Park, is ideal for hiking or camping and enjoying great views in the process. For those who want to reach the top of the Citlaltépetl, the National Park has specialized guides, as well as tours that can be booked on site.

For those considering climbing it, it's good that they know that in autumn and winter there are many snowfalls, also a thick haze is very characteristic of these seasons. The driest season of the Pico de Orizaba is all spring and even a little earlier since it is considered from October to May. These months are excellent to visit if you want to practice mountaineering.

Found in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, this mountain is covered with deep rainforest. In this unique place, you can explore the ruins of the Lost City Teyuna, and from there tour the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta which is characterized by its dense jungle and its mountainous landscapes.

You can only walk through open trails deep in an incredible humid tropical forest. This hiking destination is very interesting because currently in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta there live different indigenous communities, descendants of the Tayronas who preserve their dialect, culture, and tradition, with whom adventurers can interact.

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