Hiking is the activity most demand during a trip to Peru and Bolivia. It must be said that all the landscapes you will see during your journey through these vast territories deliver more wealth when they are approached very closely. And when the slope larger, the reward, beautiful, is always at the end of the effort!
Below are some examples of hiking that I offer. Many others are possible.
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The Inca Trail (Peru)
At the height of 88 km of the railway Cusco-Quillabamba it is Qoryhuayrachina, the starting point of trekking routes (40kms) the most famous of Peru. During the course of four days the traveler passes through stages of different altitude and varied ecosystems between 2800 and 4000 m. Before reaching Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail through the beautiful stone citadels of Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna, among 16 other archaeological sites.
Trekking the Choro (Bolivia)
The Choro Trek is ideal as a gentle introduction to the history of the landscapes of Bolivia. Gradually, we move from the mineral world, the Andes Mountains to the tropical vegetation of the Yungas.
This is a 4-day trek starts in the Andes, to a pass at almost 4700 meters, before descending to the warm valleys of the Yungas. The path is the same as one passing through the Incas in their time.
Trek Ancohuma (Bolivia)
This trek takes place on the flanks of the “Giants” of the Cordillera that are Illampu (6370 m alt.) and Ancohuma (6430 m alt). From Sorata we reach the first camp through ascension of Illampu. This massive preserved and still little known (the mountaineers are not legion to venture there) is offered to you in this beautiful loop 6 days, alternating points of view on the massif of Apolobamba, Titicaca Lake, the Illampu and the blue valleys of the Yungas.
Trekking Santa Cruz (Peru)
The circuit with 62 km starts in Cashapampa (35 miles north of Caraz), continues through the breach Santa Cruz, rises to the base camp of Alpamayo, through Punta Unión (4750 m) passes through the gap and Huaripampa to the Llanganuco Lake. We can see beautiful views of lakes, and snowcapped Andean landscapes. (Minimum time: 4 days)
Tour of the Cordillera Huayhuash (Peru)
The complete circuit (180 km) begins and ends at Chiquián. In 12 days by northern bypasses one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, continues its eastern side and ends with the western side. It passes through a chain of snowy peaks, as Yerupajá (6634 m) and dozens of lakes and mountain passes.
Colca Valley (Peru)
Colca Valley offers countless mule roads connecting villages with fertile terraces or mountains. The route of the volcanoes is a favorite of hikers: Hualca Hualca (6025 m), Sabancaya (5976 m) and Ampato (6288 m). Another suggested route linking the villages of Cabanaconde and Tapay in a circuit that takes two to three days. (Minimum time: 3 days)
Tour of Salkantay (Peru)
The hike to the Huamantay (5917 m) and Salkantay (6271 m), Apu or sacred mountain of the Incas, may be starting to Mollepata on the Apurimac river and end at Chilca (km 76 of the track) at the torrent Vilcanota and catching the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The other possibility is from the Km 88 of the railroad to Machu Picchu. (Minimum time: 4 days)
Tour of the Alpamayo (Peru)
This trail of 80 km from Pampa Huallcayán to Huishcash and travels to the Andes, through the archaeological site of Yaino. Magnificent views of the Callejon del Yanamayo with lakes and snow-capped Alpamayo (5947 m), Santa Cruz, Aguja and Quitaraju. (Minimum time: 10 days)
Cotahuasi Valley (Peru)
It begins in the village of Cotahuasi, following the ancient paths of the deepest canyon in the world (3535 m). There are several variants with different geographical landscapes such as mountains and Solimana and Sarasara and waterfall of Sipia. (Minimum time: 3 days)
Choquequirao, or the other Machu Picchu… It was mainly built during the reign of the Inca Pachacuti. This place is considered the last refuge of the Inca dynasty led by Manco Inca and his son during the year 1535. In addition to a city cultural and religious Choquequirao was probably a strategic point of control over Vilcabamba. The Citadel also had a role to play mediator between the Amazon forest and the city of Cusco. This territory has an infinite number of microclimates, of snowy peaks, and lies between the glaciers and more than 600m high jungle, through the Andean highlands drowned in a sea of clouds. (4 days)
Trek Ancohuma and Illampu (Bolivia)
All treks from Sorata take us quickly at high altitudes. The effort is worth and treks Ancohuma and Illampu are not an exception. On this trip, we pass through La Laguna Glacial, which is always exciting with chunks of ice floating, but also the mystical Laguna Chilata where healers still use their gifts to heal people. (6days)
Trek Condoriri (Bolivia)
The treks in the region Condoriri are fabulous experiences. It includes a multitude of top and lagoons, tranquil meadows and the view is fantastic. Considered high-altitude trek can be quite exhausting and acclimatization of one or two days on the shores of Titicaca Lake are strongly recommended. (5 days)