Pacha Trek 3-day

La Paz, Bolivia

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Overview

Apolobamba National Park extends from the Andean highlands to the verdant tropical lowlands of the northern reaches of the department of La Paz. Originally created to protect the endangered cameloid the "vicuña" the park is home to dozens of traditional and colonist communities. Among them are three villages in the highland region that have joined together to receive guests in their communities along a three day trek, named "PachaTrek."

Visitors to this spectacular region will trek about four hours each day as they descend with local guides from the village of Qutapampa to the town of Charazani, the regional administrative capital. Each day you will be accompanied by locals and stay in comfortable lodges that they built as part of their initiative. You'll learn about the day to day lives of the locales, the traditional foods they prepare and the handicrafts and medicinal plants that are a living part of their culture.

Lunch (3)
Dinner (2)
Breakfast (2)
Tips
Services not mentioned

Departure Point

Plaza del Obelisco, Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from Obelisco square

Departure Time

6:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Itinerary
Cordillera Real
We hope to get an early start this morning, in order to make the most of the day and have time for some short stops as we travel overland to Apolobamba National Park. We pass through the city of El Alto and along the coast of Lake Titicaca as we head north and begin to climb up into the Cordillera. Our destination is the tiny village of Qutapampa, about 6 hours from La Paz (not including stops). The village is inhabited by llama and alpaca herders and is located at an altitude of 4,480 meters above sea level (14,698ft). Qutapampa is also a member of PachaTrek, a community-based tourism company and ours hosts-guides while visiting the protected area. A local guide will be waiting for us at the first lodge, where we will enjoy a typical Andean lunch. From there we set off on the first leg of our journey, en route to the community of Kaluyo (4,056m / 13,307ft). Along the way, we will see beautiful landscapes and stop at Suraqucha lagoon, a sanctuary for Andean birds, surrounded by beautiful mountains and landscapes. After a 4-hour walk, we arrive in Kaluyo, a Quechua community and home of the Kallawayas, herbalist doctors who possess an enormous apothecary of medicinal plants that they manage in the landscape. The village has its own museum to share the cultural history of the doctors and after our visit, we will share a meal and have a special visit from a local shaman.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at a basic lodge with shared room and bathroom
Meals:
 Lunch  Dinner  
Cordillera Real
We hope to get an early start this morning, in order to make the most of the day and have time for some short stops as we travel overland to Apolobamba National Park. We pass through the city of El Alto and along the coast of Lake Titicaca as we head north and begin to climb up into the Cordillera. Our destination is the tiny village of Qutapampa, about 6 hours from La Paz (not including stops). The village is inhabited by llama and alpaca herders and is located at an altitude of 4,480 meters above sea level (14,698ft). Qutapampa is also a member of PachaTrek, a community-based tourism company and ours hosts-guides while visiting the protected area. A local guide will be waiting for us at the first lodge, where we will enjoy a typical Andean lunch. From there we set off on the first leg of our journey, en route to the community of Kaluyo (4,056m / 13,307ft). Along the way, we will see beautiful landscapes and stop at Suraqucha lagoon, a sanctuary for Andean birds, surrounded by beautiful mountains and landscapes. After a 4-hour walk, we arrive in Kaluyo, a Quechua community and home of the Kallawayas, herbalist doctors who possess an enormous apothecary of medicinal plants that they manage in the landscape. The village has its own museum to share the cultural history of the doctors and after our visit, we will share a meal and have a special visit from a local shaman.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at a basic lodge with shared room and bathroom
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Cordillera Real
After breakfast at the community lodge in Chari we descend along a winding, mostly downhill road to the regional capital of Charazani (3,905m / 12,812ft). The landscape is dramatic as our altitude decreases, more and more agricultural plots and farming villages appear and the mountains extend ever upward to the sky. We reach “town” at about 11:00 am and after lunch in Charazani, our private transportation will take us back to La Paz (around 6 hours). Dusty and dirty trekkers are welcome to visit the town hot springs before departing.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.
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