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Strike out to the remote Andes of Bolivia and enjoy our stunning Apolobamba trek.
Our expert guide will take you hiking into the heart of the Cordillera Apolobamba range, Apolobamba National Park and Madidi National Park.
This fully-supported walking holiday is well off-the-beaten-track in a relatively unexplored area.
The trails are suitable for active walkers looking for a remote, adventurous trek in Bolivia.
Bolivia’s trekking is superb and none more so than this trek.
It’s a relatively unexplored area, to the north of La Paz, and as well as being part of the largest protected reserve in Bolivia, is also home to native healers and great wildlife.
We hike through gold-rich valleys and over high mountain passes, with soaring snow-capped mountains all around.
Keep a look out for vicuña, condors, flamingoes and more, with every step.
This trek is demanding and requires that you are fit, acclimatised and used to camping and being in remote areas.
Apolobamba National Park
The word Apolobamba, originally Apullu Pampa (several plateaus), is the ancient name for the Ulla Ulla plains.
Nowadays, these plains constitute the Apolobamba National Park (Area Nacional de Manejo Integrado Apolobamba), the largest Vicuña reserve in Bolivia.
Ulla Ulla boasts a swelling population of 2,500 vicuñas and healthy numbers of black ibises, Chilean flamingos, Andean geese and viscachas. The wild vicuña herds can be observed at close range.
During the day, the vicuñas graze with the alpaca. Towards evening, when their domesticated brothers and sisters head home to their stone-wall corrals, the vicuñas head off to more isolated pastures.
The land here has been home to many different peoples through the centuries. Some still survive in the lower mountain valleys.
The Kallawaya Indians, who are the most well known, are the traditional healers of the area. Highly respected throughout South America (they journey as far as Patagonia and Panama), they are expert in the use of herbal medicine.
Their art is making diagnoses by ‘reading’ a llama’s entrails or scattered coca leaves. The Kallawayas also work as arrieros on the trek.
Madidi National Park
The park started as a very small area between the shores of the lower Tuichi River and the Madidi River. As a result of the success of the conservation and tourism development programs more land has been brought into the protected area.
Madidi Park adjoins the Ulla Ulla wild life reservation and together they form the largest protected land area in Bolivia.
Prices From $1505 / £1204 per person
Dates: July 2019
El Pedral lodge in Argentina is Peninsula Valdes’ best estancia from which to enjoy the area’s fantastic wildlife.
Thanks to its privileged location, El Pedral, a 19th century Norman house, is the perfect top quality accommodation in Valdes.
Southern Right whales, killer whales (orcas), Humbolt penguins, elephant seals and sea lions can all be found here.
After a day wandering the remote beaches, take a swim in the pool or relax in your comfortable room.
All communal areas are open and so you could read in the library, take in the views and enjoy a drink while wait for your home-cooked meal to arrive.
The Atlantic ocean, which El Pedral looks on to, is so deep that you can see Southern Right Whales directly from the beach.
There is a growing penguin colony too, plus the chance to see the resident orca pod.
The wildlife cast is completed with the steppe fauna – guanacos, foxes, maras and nandus, and the traditional activity you see all around, the sheep farming.
Prices From $1200 / £960 per person
Dates: October 2019
The Estancia Cristina Lodge is a historical farm situated on the northern shore of Lake Argentino in Argentine Patagonia and can only be reached by boat from El Calafate. This is one of the many El Calafate lodging options available but the advantage is that you are well off-the-beaten-track in pristine nature.
The setting is stunning on the lake shore surrounded by glacial peaks. Here you are away from it all surrounded by the majestic Patagonian scenery and immersed in the history of this remote location.
Facilities and package
It has 5 cottages which comprise of a lounge and 4 en-suite bedrooms with stunning panoramic views. The “Octagon” is an exclusive facility for overnight guests which comprises a bar, restaurant and lounge.
Overnight stays include full board, a choice of activities chosen from an extensive menu of horseback rides, 4×4 vehicle excursions and guided hikes.
Prices From $2230 / £1784 per person
Dates: From April 2020 to December 2020
Road trip from Bariloche to El Chaltén along the marvelous Ruta 40 (Route 40). This is an iconic road trip.
The trip starts in the chocolate box town of Bariloche. Bariloche is set in a scenically beautiful spot on Lake Nahuel Huapi. The small town is surrounded by Andean peaks cloaked on their lower slopes by Patagonian forests.
We travel through some of Argentine Patagonia’s well well known highlights as we travel southwards to end in El Calafate.
We visit Los Alerces National Park, home of the endangered alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides), 2nd longest living tree species. Here dense temperate forests give way to alpine meadows and high Andean peaks.
We drive across the immense Patagonian steppe to visit the Sarmiento Petrified Forest and the Cave of Hands, cave paintings on the Pinturas River Canyon, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2017.
From there we will go west to Los Antiguos, by the huge Buenos Aires lake, the second-largest lake in South America. From Los Antiguos we cross to Chile for a day tour to the Marble Caves, in General Carrera Lake.
Next on our journey we go to Lago Posadas on Route 41, the scenic Mount Zeballos Road, through lunar type landscapes. We resume driving the Route 40, staying one night at Estancia La Angostura, a typical Patagonian ranch.
We then drive on to El Chaltén, the Argentinian capital of trekking. Say goodbye to your driver here.
You spend a couple of nights here, giving you time to trek to the granite spires of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre.
The journey continues by minibus to El Calafate for two nights and a chance to set eyes on the vast sparkling glacier of Perito Moreno.
Remote and beautiful – Bolivia’s Sajama National Park tour offers off-the beaten track mountain walks and hot springs.
Sajama National Park provides an excellent opportunity to discover a little visited part of southern Bolivia.
Trek in the shadow of Bolivia’s highest peak – Nevado Sajama (6,542m/21,463ft) – with this tour which is just 5 hours from La Paz.
Snow-capped volcanoes fringe the vast altiplano and high altitude lakes lie only a hike away in the mountains. You have the option to climb the non-technical 6,050 metre peak of Acotango.
Geysers and hot springs await and you can be sure to see a variety of typical Andean wildlife, such as llama, vicuna, alpaca, flamingos and viscachas amongst many.
Add a splash of culture by visiting the fascinating Andean Sistine Chapel and explore the village of Sajama and its picturesque little church when you stay in this remote community.
We have included the options of trekking and camping or alternatively enjoy several day walks, returning to your hotel in the evening.
For intrepid mountain climbers why not add the non-technical volcano climb of Acotango, at just over 6,000 m this is a challenge but achievable by fit and acclimatised explorers. We provide a local guide for this.
Either way you are up close to nature in this remote mountain environment.
We use simple hotel accommodation, but we can tailor this tour to be exclusively camping or hotel accommodation or a mix, whatever you prefer.
The colours of the national park are a beautiful mix of white, greens, yellows and browns and its geysers are set in a peaceful location, surrounded by mountains.
If you camp at one of the beautiful, coloured lagoons, we are most likely to be the only human souls there – bird life is prolific.
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You have a great team down there in La Paz. Very organized and well equipped. I really enjoyed it. The scenery is phenomenal!!! Maria is a great cook and never failed to surprise me with the freshness and quality of her meals. Osvaldo was very competent and it was great that he spoke perfect English so dinner conversation was not lacking.
I hope I can do another trip with your company. Thanks for everything.
L. Macintosh, UK, 2014
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The Condoriri walk was breathtaking … and on some of those passes, boy, were we taking breaths! Our guide and our cook were terrific friendly and professional people. We also stumbled across one of your team, Osvaldo, at one of the camp sites. Really nice bloke with impressive attitude to his business.
The salt flats were also fantastic … a lot of driving, but that’s the deal. Extraordinary country, surreal landscapes. And the accommodation! not really what one would call roughing it. The driver was great … calm and measured, and an ironic sense of humour that matched my own
J Miles, USA, 2016
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