The best places for trekking are Chile and Argentina as well as Peru where treks to Machu Picchu are amongst some of the most popular. There are also many jungle trekking options in the Amazon, as well as treks in Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.
There are 3 main trails to Machu Picchu - the Inca Trail, Salkantay and Lares Treks. The Salkantay Trek is generally a 7 day tour, the Lares Trek ranges from 5 to 7 days and for the Inca Trail there are options between 4 and 7 days.
Yes we offer a Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, staying in luxury lodges every night.
Yes Chimu offers a wide range of guided trekking tours. In Peru these include the various trekking options to Machu Picchu (Inca Trail, Lares & Salkantay Treks) as well as the Rainbow Mountain Trek from Cusco and the Santa Cruz Trek in Huaraz. In the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, we offer the W Trek, Short W Trek and El Circuito. In Bolivia there is the Choro Trek, in Colombia the Cano Cristales Trek, in Ecuador the Mountain Guardians Trek and near Salta in Argentina we offer a tour named “Trekking to the Clouds”. There are also guided treks in the Atacama Desert and even some Antarctic itineraries offer the option of guided hikes.
Yes Chimu can certainly tailor-make your trip to have a trekking focus - please contact us to discuss further.
The minimum age for trekking depends on the trek, so please contact Chimu for more information. As a rough guide, the minimum age for treks in Peru and Bolivia including the Inca Trail is generally 8. In the Amazon, the walking options tend to be relatively easy and slow-paced and so are suitable for younger children. In Patagonia, especially Torres del Paine, a minimum age of 16 is recommended as many of the treks are long and relatively hard because of the terrain.
This will depend on the trek that you propose to do. Some treks are relatively easy and only require an average level of fitness but some are longer and more strenuous and require a high level of fitness. For any trek, the fitter you are then the easier you will find the trek and the more you will enjoy it. For treks that are at altitude, it is important that you spend time acclimatising before you begin your trek.