The stunning landscape of Patagonia is home to some of the best climbing in South America. Extreme mountaineering area, like Torres Del Paine, Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre are world famous and provide breathtaking backdrops to the less extreme climbing that is also available. Cerro Torre is the tallest mountain in the chain. The difficulty and danger is the fearsome winds during the climb. A little further north is San Carlos de Bariloche, which offers a more varied climbing experience. Between September and April, you can climb the Golden Granite Frey Spires in the Huapi National Park.
Cochamo Valley - Chile
The Cochamo Valley’s thousand-meter walls and granite crags make it one of the best and most popular climbing locations in the world. Chile’s glacier-filled National Park offers some amazing climbing opportunities. There are 200 different big-wall routes you can take. No Hay Hoyes and E.Z. Does It are just two of the more popular big-wall routes. When it comes to cragging, you will have more than 100 different routes to take. There is one wall, the Pared Seca, that is dry and climbable even when it rains. The stunning landscape is a bonus to all the great climbing walls.
The Andes – Machu Picchu & Cusco - Peru
Climbing the Andes presents a number of difficulties that not many people have successfully surmounted. The Inca Trail is an in-depth journey through a variety of ecosystems, ranging from plains to desert to beautiful tropical forests. Climbing Machu Picchu takes most climbers two to four days, and there are many other parts of this mountain range that can take a number of weeks before you reach the summit. Machu Picchu is definitely the highlight because it is the famed lost city of the Inca that was discovered in 1911. From there you can trek to what was the heart and soul of the Inca Empire: Cusco.
Cordillera Real - Ancuhuma & Illampu - Bolivia
The high peaks of Cordillera Real offer some of the most spectacular alpine climbing in the world. It is generally divided into 3 sections – Northern, Central and Southern. Illimani is the highest peak in the Cordillera Real and is in the Southern section. It is a massive mountain with three summits over 20,000 feet and with a profile visible from hundreds of miles out. Ancohuma and Illampu, both around 21,000 feet and in the Northern section, are two for the best alpine climbs on the continent. In addition, because of their remoteness and technical quality, they are also among the least often attempted of South American classic routes.
La Esfinge - Peru
Near Huaraz in the Cordillear Blanca, The Sphinx is one of the best known climbs in the heart of the Central Andes. It is a vast granite formation in the Paron Valley. It is famous for being one of the largest big wall sites in Peru at over 3,000 feet tall. The East Face features golden granite for free climbing, the South Face is for big aid routes and is in the shade all day and both the South and West faces are largely snow covered and not that steep. It’s surrounded by endless snow-covered peaks with virtually no one around, offering seemingly limitless potential for all styles of alpine exploration.
El Gunko - Panama
This coffee town of Boquete near the Costa Rican border has one of Central America’s best climbs, El Gunko, a natural rock climbing wall formed by volcanic rocks. There are four fantastic crags, which are rock formations suitable for climbing, suitable for various levels. One of the crags is known as Gunko. It is a very aesthetic-looking formation where horizontal columns have been pushed into a curvature. Gunko is gently overhanging with many positive incuts. The climbs are relatively short (13 to 20 metres) and require you to “read the rock,” or you won’t make it very far.
Antisana – Ecuadorian Andes - Ecuador
This expedition is an excellent choice for intermediate climbers wishing to apply their skills to moderately challenging high altitude routes on peaks that are often admired and seldom climbed. This volcano has a reputation for being a difficult and dangerous mountain. The peaks of Antisana loom over a diverse landscape of forests, waterfalls and exotic wildlife. Antisana is seldom visited and offers intermediate level climbers a crowd-free through glaciers and equatorial ice formations. Part of the beauty of the mountain is its serenity and breathtaking views of the cities below: Cotopaxi, Sincholagua and Cayambe. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some condors flying around.