The diversified grandeur of South America entices hordes of travellers. South American destinations offer an abundance of soothing natural beauty, thought-provoking historic sites, spectacular cultural insights, and loads of beach adventure. Now, talking of adventure, South America is a paradise for the ones who love to flirt with danger by way of going on difficult and often risky treks. For instance, Argentina and Peru are a couple of such destinations. A tryst with difficult trekking involves high risk and is not recommended for the faint-hearted. If you have such an action on your to-do list, here are a few treks that are named among the most dangerous treks not only in South America but in the world.
Huayna Picchu, Peru
Your visit to Peru is incomplete without experiencing the enchantment of Machu Picchu. Inca Trail here is among the most popular trekking trails in Peru. The real danger starts when you reach Huayna Picchu or the Hike of Death. This 1000 foot hike comprises of exposed corners, slippery stones and crumbling stones. Besides, mist and clouds would add more difficulties to your trekking drill. Once you reach at the top, the captivating bird’s eye view washes away all the fear and pain.
Cerro Torre, Patagonia, Argentina
This vertical granite peak is more than 3120 metres in height with glacier accounting for a sizeable portion. Of course, there are taller peaks in the world but its steep incline and the harsh weather conditions together make it very difficult to climb. In fact, over the decades, mountaineers have even been accused of making false claims about conquering this peak. It was only as late as 1974 that four climbers from “Ragini de Lecco” were officially acknowledged to have actually scaled this peak.
Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru
Among hiking and trekking enthusiasts, this is name is quite popular. While there are main mountain peaks here, not everyone dares to conquer them. Cordillera Huayhuash is strategically located in the Andes of Peru and is easily accessible from Lima Region. Trekkers may choose from a variety of trekking tours facilitated by reputed operators.