Stretched 4,300 miles across the western part of South America, the vibrant-green Andes are one of the world’s most revered natural landscapes. A haven of mountain trails, ruins, villages and free-roaming llamas, a trip to this mountain range isn’t just educational. It’s spiritual, too.
Lucky for daring families, Surtrek, the leader in South American adventure travel, offers plenty of ways for you and your loved ones to explore every corner of the Andes. Make them your Andes travel agency of choice, and they’ll make sure you see the best of it—including these area gems, below.
High up in the Cusco region of Peru, Pisac has one of the most popular Sunday markets. Every Sunday, indigenous Quechua communities from the surrounding highlands visit Pisac to sell their produce and stock up on supplies for the week. Go any day of the week, however, and you’ll still find local craftsmen selling their handicrafts and wares: from weavings, jewellery, ponchos and hats, to Andean instruments, ceramics, alpaca products and more. The market is open Monday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
If you’re in Santiago, Chile and looking for an escape, look no further than Aguas de Ramón Natural Park! Sitting on the border of the Las Condes and La Reina districts, it’s here that visitors will find forested valleys, hanging bridges, waterfalls, endless flowers, hiking paths, exotic animals, and like most places in Chile, unparalleled views. Perched high up in the Andes, the park is open year-round. Make it part of a custom, guided trip to Chile with Surtrek and you and your family can see it exactly like you should.
There are few places in the world that compare to Machu Picchu. Virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century, this ancient Inca city makes you feel like you’ve got the whole world in your hands. Surrounded by the towering Andes, no pictures do this place justice. Take the bus up from Aguas Calientes or hike to the top by foot, and once you’re there, spend hours taking it all in. Hidden under a mystic fog, the whole site looks like a hidden castle floating in the sky. Make Surtrek your dedicated Andes travel agency, and you can experience this sacred location along with birdwatching, cooking, magical train rides, nature walks and more.
Set amongst the dramatic slopes of the bright-green Andes, this Ecuadorian city is filled with modern apartment buildings, busy shop-lined streets, market stands, shamanistic healers, fourth-generation hatmakers, a thriving nightlife scene and more. While you’re there, you have to spend time exploring the “Old Town,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with colonial monuments, 17th-century facades, picturesque plazas and beautiful churches covered in art. However you choose to spend your time, you’ll never forget your escape to Quito. (No one ever does!)