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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.
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.
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 lagoons lie only a hike away in the mountains.
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.
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 souls there.
Hike in style and comfort on our Salkantay trek, walking through magnificent scenery and staying in luxury lodges on your trip to Machu Picchu.
This Salkantay trek is a once-in-a-lifetime and stylish alternative journey to the famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu.
You walk from one cosy mountain lodge to another through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a spectacular mountain range.
The enchanting valley of Soraypampa is the starting point of the trek, by many accounts more scenic and exclusive than the famous ‘Inca Trail’.
Hike through changing altitudes and varied terrain while you marvel at the beauty of the Salkantay Peak, Salkantay Glacier and Humantay Glacier Lake.
After a day’s walking, indulge in the comfort of enchanting mountain lodges with their innovative local cuisine and the warmth of the local people.
All the lodges offer private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, hot showers, bar/lounge and cozy reading rooms – some even have a jacuzzi!
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We chose Andean trails after finding you online. As soon as we got talking about our options, it was clear you guys were hugely knowledgeable and could help us plan the perfect trip. We had an incredible time!
Overall Organisation: excellent, couldn’t have been better!
Highlight: It’s hard to pick just one, but exploring the suspension bridges above Grey glacier was amazing, exploring the French Valley, and watching a huge chunk of glacier carve away were some of our favourites.
Low point: I’m not sure we really had a low point, it was all amazing.
Accommodation: hotel in Puerto Natales was great, really quirky, good service. As expected the refugios on the trek were pretty basic but perfectly ok, the cabin at Cuernos though was brilliant!
Food: Again, as expected the food in the refugios was very basic, but edible. Our food in Cuernos refugio was actually very good, a nice treat in the middle of our trek! In the hotel, our breakfast was very good.
Guides: We didn’t really have any, but the lady that met us at the bus station and took us to our hotel was very friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed spending a short period of time in Puerto Natales, spending money in the local shops and restaurants. All the locals were super friendly. Hopefully we contributed to the tourist economy. We were very aware of our impact on the natural environment in the park, and the clear impact humans are having with erosion of paths etc. We were as careful as we could be to make sure we had as little environmental impact as possible.
What would we do differently? Not much really. Other than do some training for the hike, 32km on the first day was hard going!!
We love hiking and spending time in the outdoors. We had a couple of friends that had done the W trek and their experience sounded amazing. We weren’t disappointed!
Thanks for all your help and advice in making our trip an experience we will remember forever!
Anna Redman, UK, 2019
» Patagonia Self-guided Trekking Tour
We had a very nice time on our trip, and you earned our appreciation for the planning and arrangements.
Highlight was the scenery, which was superb. We had excellent weather (windy!) but with sun and clear skies.
A Szeri, USA, 2017
» Patagonia Self-guided Trekking Tour
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