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South America is one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world: the Amazonian rainforest, Andean peaks, Incan ruins, Patagonian glaciers, white-sand beaches, colonial towns, and vibrant nightlifes — South America sets the stage for unforgettable adventures.
South America is the ultimate adventure destination, offering mountains to climb, rivers to raft, ancient ruins to uncover and jungles to explore! It is also one of the most conducive places in the world to solo travel than you may think.
The well-worn Gringo Trail encompasses the continent’s most popular destinations along a vertical path; it is an itinerary that includes some of the most popular destinations for travelers in Latin America: Mexico, Central America, and South America. This, paired with the genuine warmth of local people and the continent’s premium hostel network makes travel relatively simple, leaving you to focus on the likelihood of long-dormant El Misti erupting during your morning ascent.
The city’s guardian volcano is the most popular climb in the area, looming 5822m (19,101ft) above Arequipa.
At the top is a 10m (33ft) iron cross, which was erected in 1901. Below the summit is a sulfurous yellow crater with volcanic fumaroles hissing gas, and there are spectacular views down to the Laguna de Salinas and back to the city.
El Misti is technically one of the easiest ascents of any mountain of this size in the world, but it’s hard work nonetheless, and you normally need an ice ax and, sometimes, crampons. It’s best climbed between July and November, with the later months being the least cold. There are several routes, but none are clearly marked and at least one (notably the Apurímac route) is notorious for robberies, so taking a guide is highly recommended.
Epic travel experience: Mountain bike down Bolivia’s infamous Death Road and catching up with fellow riders over a few beers afterwards.