Bolivia's Cordillera Real High Level Trek
Visit: La Paz, Ancoraimes, Isla Campanario, Estancia Challa, Caiconi, Laurani, La Paz
Tour Type: Small Group
- Cross 8 high mountain passes, including two over 5000 metres
- Explore the pre-Inca archeological site at Tihuanaco
- Stay on the Isla del Sol and enjoy 3 days acclimatising beside Lake Titicaca
- Stunning views of Huayna Potosi (6088m) and Condoriri (5648m)
Product Code: 162791
Tour Type: Small Group
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh
Starts: La Paz, Bolivia
Finishes: La Paz, Bolivia
Duration: 20 days
Physical rating: Basic
- An experienced English-speaking local tour leader
- La Paz Airport transfers (on group arrival and departure dates only)
- All land transport involved in the itinerary
- All accommodation as described the trip dossier
- Meals as described in the Meal Plan
- A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
Price person (sharing double) $2,855 ($143/day)
$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure
Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure
Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)
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I most enjoyed the remoteness and being up high amongst the mountains, along with the lakeside campsites.
Support crew was excellent - especially the cook and his assistant - almost certainly the best cook and food that I have had on any trek. Ivan was an excellent leader. Very knowledgeable about his country, its history, wildlife and the area we trekked in. Always very caring, positive and helpful.One of the best treks that I have ever done. The landscape was constantly changing - each pass gave us a whole new set of views. Probably the most variety of scenery that I have experienced on a trek. A real bonus was the time spent at Lake Titicaca - a strange but wonderful place.It certainly lived up to my expectations - or exceeded them.
This trip was better than I expected and rates as one of my favorite trips. Most enjoyed - The physical beauty of the trek and the remote nature of the area. The guide did a wonderful job He was patient, always pleasant and cheerful and very knowledgeable.
My wife and I did the 20 day Traverse of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia and had a great time. The hiking was moderate with a lot of up & down through valleys and saddles, but not really hard. We had amazing mountain views. I would warn trekkers about the cold nights we encountered (of course when you are at 15,000 feet you should expect very cold nights). Definitely take a zero degree sleeping bag (and a liner) and a very warm down jacket & gloves. We slept with 2 baselayers, down jacket, hat and gloves and still were cold at night. Our guide was great; he kept a nice hiking pace, was very friendly and very knowledgeable, and solved most issues quickly. He also gave us Bolivian history lessons after dinner. Two folks in our group (of 8) had tent/zipper issues that for some reason couldn't be completely resolved even with replacement tents. (An open tent door in freezing windy night temps can be a real issue...) Day hiking was in the 60s to 70sF, perfect for hiking. No rain, two days were windy, but not a real issue. We visited the ruins of Tihunanaco and did several interesting things in and around Lake Titicaca to get used to the altitude. We also stayed a couple extra days in La Paz, which has several good museums and interesting areas to visit. The food throughout the trek was very good. All in all, this was an excellent trek with lots of great hiking and things to see.
The first week in the Isla Del Sol provides some luxury and some good day walks before the trek starts. Top quality hotel in Copacabana and the Eco-lodge was perfect. Be prepared for the trek - there are some big ascents and descents. The descents - often on steep loose scree slopes - which is good if you're happy with this terrain. The views are amazing and we saw just a handful of other trekkers. Definitely worth the effort. The campsites are all different but the settings are beautiful. The tents are very good. But it gets very cold at night. Expect -15 degrees or lower. Have the right sleeping bag and thermarest. The food is very good and plentiful. Snacks are provided every morning for morning tea. Might be worth taking water purification tablets just in case. Water is boiled but with a big group that's a lot of water that is needed every day. Local guides including cook - very good. Very knowledgable of the route - as not always on paths and some scrambling required - a rope was needed for one small part - but more for safety purposes. Various flight options. Flying via Miami with AA was ok - luggage is checked all the way through. Hotel in La Paz is in a good location and helpful staff. Take the cable car rides to see the city. Go for it - July departure - blue skies and warm sunshine during the day but once the sun goes the temperature drops - be prepared. Take a Sig bottle for a hot water bottle.
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