Depart from your hotel in La Paz early this morning with your guide and driver. Drive along the La Paz - Coroico highway until reaching La Cumbre at 4,700 meters. Here you will begin your trek, hiking upwards until you reach Apacheta Pass at 4,900 meters. Along the way, gaze out at llamas and alpacas grazing peacefully in the high Andean fields. After reaching the pass, you will begin your descent, featuring spectacular views of the peaks and glaciers of the Andes. Watch as the scenery around you changes from high Puna Grasslands to lush cloudforest. Pass through the tiny village of Chucura and arrive to the Challapampa Campground at 2,800 meters. Camp will be made here. Enjoy your dinner - you've earned it!
Hike Time: 6-8 hours
Today, you begin your hike after a well deserved rest. Most people wear far fewer layers of clothing today, as you will further descend into the cloudforest. The trail passes through one of the few untouched cloudforests left in Bolivia, protected by the Cotopata National Park. The trail descends through a narrow valley full of trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Colorful birds and butterflies can be seen amongst the branches. With enough luck, you may even spot a Spectacled Bear, although these are rarely viewed by visitors. In the afternoon, you will arrive at your campsite in Pabellonani.
Hike Time: 6-7 hours
Today, you will begin your hike early to take advantage of the best views on this part of the trail. The landscape around you continues to become more and more lush. The ancient path you tread on feels as if it defies possibility as it winds down through the mountains. Pass by cascades of water plummeting down the hillsides. At mid-day, you will arrive at the Sandillani Japanese House where you will visit with a Japanese family that has lived in the area for numerous generations and has cultivated one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Continue on your hike until you reach Chairo at 1,200 meters. Your driver awaits you to return you to La Paz for the evening.