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Hiking in the Cordillera Real

Discover the stunning scenery and diverse landscapes of Bolivia’s iconic central mountain range!

Stretching from the shores of Lake Titicaca down toward the center of the country and dividing the southern extent of the Amazon rainforest from the altiplano, the Cordillera Real is home to plenty of stunning scenery and incredible hiking opportunities! Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Hiking trips to the Cordillera Real. The mountains are calling!
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Michael Chiang

5.00

October, 2022

Tuni – Condoriri trek in 5 days

Jaime was a great guide. He was friendly, showed a love for the terrain, and demonstrated clear interest that I have the best possible trek; he asked both before and during the trip which foods I would prefer, provided hot water bottles each night for my sleeping bag, and checked in frequently about my level of acclimatization. I knew I was in great hands.

Nicolas Boeschlin

4.00

June, 2022

Condoriri – Huayna Potosí 8-day hike

We spent a few days with Jaime who is an awesome guide and personn. The organisation was perfect, equipment also. Talking about the food, we had never been eating so well during a trekk (fresh fruits, vegetables...). We even had the chance to spend a night at his place to meet his family who was happy to make us discover the alpagas and their daily life (and we even got a hot shower !) Jaime speaks very good French and English. We would totally recommand going with him and can't wait for a new trip there !


 

There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in Cordillera Real

Bolivia’s Cordillera Real boasts plenty of incredible scenery that serves as the perfect backdrop for any hiking adventure. From alpine meadows tucked between glaciated mountain peaks to lush and humid cloud and tropical forests on their northern slopes, there is plenty to see in this picturesque part of the world.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+591

Currency:

Boliviano (BOB)

Best time to visit:

April to October

Language:

Spanish, Aymara, Quechua and 34 other indigenous languages

How to get there:

Any trip to the Cordillera Real will begin with a flight into La Paz International Airport (LAP). From here, the city center can easily be reached by gondola (yes, you read that correctly) or bus. Most guides will opt to meet you in La Paz and provide transport to the start of the trip

What’s the weather like?

During the hiking season, average daily temperatures in the Cordillera Real hover between 5 ºC and 10 ºC (40 ºF to 50 ºF). The hiking season is also the driest time of year, with May through August receiving almost no rainfall and April, September and October receiving rainfall more frequently

More info about Hiking in Cordillera Real:

Bolivia’s Cordillera Real is the country’s central mountain range and stretches 125 kilometers (78 miles) down from the shores of Lake Titicaca and into the center of the country. The range is an average of 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide and separates the altiplano from the southern extent of the Amazon rainforest. In general, hikers need to be in fairly good shape to hike in the Cordillera Real. While most of the hiking is non-technical, the altitude is always above 4,000 meters (13,100 feet). Among the most popular short hikes are trekking to the top of Chacaltaya (5,500 meters/18,000 feet), from La Paz. The hike up to the top is of intermediate difficulty and the views from the summit out over the Cordillera Real and Huayna Potosi are simply stunning. Other popular mid-range options include three-day excursions to Pico Austria and Acotango, also from La Paz, and traverses of Esperanza Lake. Both of these rated as intermediate and easy, respectively and take hikers through some incredible wilderness scenery. For those who want to spend longer exploring the mountain range, numerous guides offer trips multi-week trips that take hikers from one end of the cordillera to the other, stopping and seeing all of the range’s most incredible sites along the way

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