Few mountain-bike destinations seem as ambitious as North Korea, but the country is home to myriad steep mountains and hiking trails that are perfect for exploring

I returned to this windswept corner of Patagonia with news that mountain bike access to Torres del Paine’s hallowed trails had been negotiated by local Punta Arenas based guide Javier Aguilar.

Beginning at the 630-foot high Maletsunyane Waterfall in the middle of the country, we found top-notch mountain biking between 10,000-foot peaks, along wild valleys, and through countless remote towns.