The National Natural Integrated Park of Apolabamba covers an area of 4837 hectares and it is one the most beautiful geographical regions of Bolivia, with temperatures of 4.50C in the high Andean zone and 100C-250C in the valleys it has a rare and unique season setting, with only two seasons which are: Rainy season and Dry Season. With high snowy peaks, a series of rives descending and discharging its waters into the great arteries of the Amazon area which possesses an infinite range of landscapes as well as the most important summits of Apolobqamba which are: “Akamai”, “Presidente”, “Katantika” and “Orcko”.
Within the protective area at 3,800 masl you will find the town of Curva, considered the capital of the Kallawalla Andean ethnicity, this remarkable race has taken the role of doctors with their vast extensive expertise in natural remedies and cures. Also expanding their domain over a wide range of land like the Curva, Charazani, Chari and Chajaya they are recognized by UNESCO in 2003 as “The Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.
Apolobamba was created with the only purpose of protecting the high Andean Ecosystem, its landscape is characterized by its great scenic beauty mainly due to the impressive snowcaps and the diverse flora which is approximately 1,500 different species and fauna that inhabit the region such as; Vicuña, “Taruca” (Andean deer), petite deer, “Titi” (Andean wild cat), Torrent Duck, Cougars and Condors.
Day 01: LA PAZ – PELECHUCO
AM Pick up from your hotel/hostel(downtown La Paz only) in private vehicle and travel towards the town of Pelechuco which was founded in 1560 by Jesuit missionaries and located at 2,700 masl, for approximately ten to eleven hours boarding Lake Titicaca, throughout the drive you will pass through the typical populations of the Altiplano visiting the chapels of Carabuco and Escoma which are known as the “Chapels of Bolivia” because of their beautiful work of art. Throughout the journey we will provide lunch and observe herds of hundreds of vicuñas, alpacas and llamas before arriving to Pelechuco where you will receive accommodation at a lodge for the evening.
Day 02: TREKKING PELECHUCO – HILLO HILLO
After breakfast we begin the day by visiting the main plaza and the church, there we will see a map of our tour and then continue our ascending trek from the town of Pelechuco to Keansani located at 4,900 masl, while our ascend you will experience the different ecological zones as well as enjoying the majestic panoramic view of the snowcapped mountains and it is with this amazing view that you will be provided lunch at the Palca River. After lunch we will descend for about two hours until reaching the small town of Hilo Hilo where we will have dinner and set up camp for the evening.
Day 03: HILLO HILLO – SUNCHULLI
After a well balanced breakfast we will initiate the trek passing through Hilo Hilo and “Piedra Grande” which is small communities of stone made homes with straw roofing. After lunch we will continue ascending for another three hours to the outskirts of the snowy slopes of Sunchulli, with an impressive view of the snowed mountains of “Machu Sunchulli”, “Huayna Sunchulli” and “Cuchillo”. It is at Sunchulli where we will set up for dinner and camp for the evening, at 4,800 masl.
Day 04: SUNCHULLI – INKA CANCHA
After breakfast we will ascend to the highest point in the tour, definitely the most challenging day of the tour. We will ascend periodically to avoid fatigue until reaching “El Paso Sunchulli” (Sunchulli Pass) located at 5,100 masl, here you will enjoy an incredible view of the snow caps of the mountains while resting and enjoying a delicioues lunch. Later you will continue by descending the slopes while passing by the mining town of Sunchulli, Laguna Quellwaqota and the abandoned mining camp of Viscachani until reaching the descent of the “Mil Curvas” (Thousand Curves) which will lead us to “Inka Cancha” where dinner will be provided and we will set up camp for the evening.
Day 05: INKA CANCHA – JATUN PAMPA – CURVA
After breakfast we continue our decent towards the Apacheta of “Muro Qarpa” which is located at 4,558 masl (Apacheta.- Sacred locations of worship; built of mounds of rocks in the highest points of a mountain) We will descend to the “Jatun Pampa Valley” where we will be really close to the sacred mountain of Akamani, here lunch will be provided with an amazing view of the environment as well as the animals such as the Alpaca.
Once you have rested we will continue our trek for another three hours until reaching the town of Curva located 3,780 masl with houses made out of stone and adobe as well as it is the capital of the Kallawaya culture which is located on top of a hill overlooking the valleys, rivers, mountain peaks such as the Akamani located at 6,400 masl and reigns in Apolobamba. We will reach the community of Lagunillas where dinner will be provided as well as accommodation at a lodge.
Day 06: CURVA – CHARAZANI – LA PAZ
After breakfast we will pack up and depart back to the city of La Paz, the drive is approximately eight hours and passing through the town of Kallawayas until reaching Pelechuco where we will take a short break before arriving to the town of Huatajata which is at the border of Lake Titicaca here we will provide a very typical lunch of the area consisting of fresh fish vegetables and potatoes.
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