The Salcantay Trek. Photo © holgs/istock.

A Beginner’s Guide to Trekking Peru

Peru is one of the world’s top trekking destinations, and the Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek. Here’s how to get started planning, the best times to go, and other practicalities.

View of the coastal town of Puerto Williams nestled at the base of steep mountains.

Puerto Williams in Chilean Tierra del Fuego

Puerto Williams is the so-called “Capital of Antarctica” and gateway to the rugged Dientes de Navarino backcountry circuit, a five-day slog through soggy mountainous terrain. Here’s a little about the town, its sights, and how to get there.

Two swans with black necks and bright red beaks swim through the water.

Visit Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca in Argentina

Designated a major international wetland under the Ramsar convention, Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca has a large breeding population of striking black-necked swans. It’s also the place to spot coots, ducks, grebes, gulls, upland geese, and the occasional flamingo.

View of the Futaleufú river winding through the mountains.

Futaleufú: White-Water Rafting and More

With its reputation for world-class white-water rafting, Futaleufú draws outdoor recreationists like a magnet. Get more information on how to get there, outfitters, and other essentials to plan your trip.

Plan a Visit to El Bolsón, Argentina

El Bolsón, Argentine Patagonia’s counterculture capital, may be the place to replace your faded tie-dyes. It’s also a beauty spot in a fertile valley between stunning longitudinal mountain ranges ideal for hiking. Here are highlights for travelers, along with information to help plan your visit from getting there to what to see and do.

Snow-crested mountains are visible in the distance while the heavily forest shore reflects in deep blue lakewater.

Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi in Northern Patagonia

Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi is a beautiful spot that connects two countries via a series of scenic roads and waterways. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the park, from sights like Lago Nahuel Huapi to refugios to popular hiking routes and practicalities.