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Pelechuco - Apolo

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Bolivia  
Specialty Categories: National Parks   Ecotourism  
Season: April - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5000 US Dollar (USD)

The trek will take you between two important preserves such as the Apolobamba Nature Area for Integrated Management, a World Heritage Site and the Madidi National Park and Nature Area for Integrated Management, the richest rain forest park in the world. Your adventure will travel you from the high passes from the Apolobamba mountain range, descending to intact cloud forests, dry forests and the Amazon rain forest located at the Upper Tuichi River. The trek ends in Apolo. This new trail is being re-open for tourism with the collaboration of conservation programs, municipalities, and a group of the best tour operators in Bolivia.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: La Paz – Pelechuco. Departure at 05:00 am. The 4WD will pass through the nice scenery of Lake Titicaca, and the Apolobamba Natural Area of Integrated Management, where vicuñas, highland lagoons, and snow peaks can be observed. Around mid-afternoon, the road will pass a high pass over 4,800 m before descending to the Pelechuco Valley. Arrival to the Hotel Llajtaymanta in Pelechuco. Includes: (L), (D).

Day 2: Pelechuco – Sánchez High Pass - Keara – Muña Machaya. Early breakfast. Four-wheel drive to the Sánchez High Pass (4,750 m). Nice views of distant snow peaks over 5,000 m. Later descent through a glacial valley with small lakes. Some fauna such as vizcachas, condors and other medium and small size birds could be seen. Arrival to Keara, where Madidi National Park begins. Our camp will be at the Quimsa Cruz campsite. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Quimsa Cruz – Tocoaqui. The trail continues in a steep descend through patches of elfin and cloud forests. This part is technical, a careful walk is recommended. Orchids, bromeliads, colorful flowers, amazing butterflies of all sizes, and views of steaming forests are the highlights of the day. Before the arrival to the Tocoaqui campsite the trail becomes wet and muddy, since this area is one of the rainiest parts of the trek. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Tocoaqui - Río Yanalomas. This day the trail will descend deeper in the Madidi’s cloud forests, heading towards the lower part of a valley, and under tree canopies until the Yanalomas River. This part is home of some striking birds such as the bright scarlet Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, the Inca Jay, the Highland Motmot, and colorful hummingbirds and tanagers. Overnight at the Yanalomas campsite. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Río Yanalomas – Mojos. Right after leaving the campsite, we will cross a small bridge over the Yanalomas River, to start a steep ascension for about 3 hours further in the cloud forest valley and grassy hills. Arrival to Mojos, one of the oldest towns in Bolivia, located in the confluence of cloud forests and dry or semi-dry forests, where locals produce rice, plantain, banana, citric, corn, and pineapple. Camp in the Mojo´s soccer field from where views of the distant hills of the Upper Tuichi will be part of the afternoon rest. This village is well-known as a resting place for travelers and llama or horse packs. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Mojos – Soriani. This day we will reach the first dense Amazonian rainforest's of Madidi National Park covering the last Eastern Andes. The trail will continue along one side of the Mojos River. Our campsite will be near this river, at Soriani. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Soriani – Chaquisapa. The walk no longer will be the pre-Inca stone path, but will continue further as old mule trails along the right side of the Mojos passing the first very warm dry forests located below 900 m, still used by locals incense gatherers. More developed Amazon rainforest could be observed, and with luck, you might see the troops of the Common Wholly Monkey and Black Spider Monkey, also more birds such as large macaws. Overnight near the Mojos River. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Chaquisapa – Virgen del Rosario. This day will be similar than the previous. The highlight will be the arrival to the Upper Tuichi River. The trail will contours the rocky forested hills and slowly descends to the refreshing white waters this river. Arrival to Vírgen del Rosario in the mid-afternoon. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Vírgen del Rosario – Pata – Apolo. After crossing to the other side of the Tuichi River, with the help of locals, experts in crossing this river and rapids, there will be a series of zig-zags leading an ascension through very dry forest hills until Pata, another old village, at nearly 1,400 m. Transfer by 4WD, for 2 hrs, through grasslands and remaining forests until Apolo, the largest town located in the Upper Savannah region at 1,430 m. Transfer to a hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Apolo - La Paz. Departure to La Paz. The 4WD drive will be around 11 hrs. The scenery along the trip is very nice, passing through valleys with well-preserved cloud forests before the arrival to Charazani (3,600 m). This village is home of the famous local healers or kallawayas. By now, the trip will returned us to the punas of the Apolobamba and Lake Titicaca. Arrival to La Paz by night. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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