There is a wealth of climbing mountains around the world, besides the most famous Everest, Kilimanjaro, K2 and McKinley. Once you start exploring the stunning mountain ranges of South America, you will be enchanted by the array of climbing possibilities.
Fitzroy Massif, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park, is a range of monumental serrated cliffs, known to be one of the most mesmerizingly beautiful mountains range in South America. The Chilean and Argentine borders pass directly over the peak of Mount Fitzroy, and the Torres del Paine National Park is close to the Chilean border. The weather can close in quite quickly around here, so be prepared for all situations.
The Lake District, Chile
Lake District in Chile is renowned for its picturesque scenery of blue lakes, stunning beauty of larch forests, snow capped peaks and first class resorts. The Lake District comprises two of the popular regions of Lake District, the Ninth Region (La Araucania) and the Tenth Region (Los Lagos). The general climate is rainy, which makes it an all-season destination. November to April are slightly drier months, while May to October are a lot colder and rainy – so depending on how hardy you are feeling it is always important to properly prepare for a trip to the Chilean Lake District.
Alpamayo is one of the most popular trails located in the Northern part of Andes in Cordillera Blanca, Ancash. Known to be the highest tropical range in the world, Cordillera Blanca sits deep in the Andes surrounded by villages and valleys. Alpamayo is frequently rated as the most beautiful mountain in the continent by mountaineers and its stunning jagged peak makes it a heaven for both climbers and photographers. The best season for visiting is between November and March – and any ascent should only be taken on by experienced climbers.
Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Mount Roraima is the highest mountain in the Pacaraima Mountain range. Situated on three borders of Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela, Mount Roraima is the highest point of Maverick Rock, which can be climbed through a variety of routes. The mountain has been included in the Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors climb Mount Roraima all year round, however, the preferred season is between December and April. It is a tough hike but non-mountaineering visitors should be able to make the summit in good conditions.
Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
“Ometepe” literally means “two hills” in the native language of Nicaragua. The island is a home to two magnificent volcanoes, which connect each other through a small strip of land. Ometepe is one of the most popular destinations admired both by local and international tourists, for its magnificent landscape, hospitality and archeological background. The hilly island is inhabited by amicable locals who love farming and fishing. Only recently has Ometepe started housing new establishments for lodging of tourists from all over the world.
The mountains are appropriate not just for experienced climbers, but also for those looking for a hiking challenge. They continue to inspire mountaineers all year round, and welcome them to experience the thrill and excitement of mountaineering.
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Having traveled on holidays in Argentina and other destinations throughout South America, the author is a big fan of blogging about his favorite continent.