Travel in Latin America
If you're planning a trip to Bolivia, you've probably already heard or read about the plethora of good hiking and trekking opportunities that await you. Hiking, trekking and mountaineering are all popular activities in Bolivia, as well as throughout much of the surrounding region. Whether you choose to set out on your own or take advantage of one of the many hiking or trekking tours that are available, you're sure to find it a great experience.
The beautiful landscape, interesting wildlife and varied vegetation of Bolivia all add to the overall enjoyment factor of any hiking or trekking experience. You'll find plenty of varied locations to choose from, based on where you're visiting as well as your own personal preferences. Whether you're looking for an easy hike or a more strenuous mountain trek, Bolivia will have something beautiful to offer you. The terrain of Bolivia consists of a wide variety of hills, mountains, lakes, fields and high passes, providing something for everyone.
Although the landscape of Bolivia is definitely beautiful and inviting, the same cannot always be said about its political and social climate. On occasion, the tranquility of the Bolivian area can be at least temporary upset by these problems. Streets, roads or paths that were perfect for hiking one day might be subject to barricades the next week. As such, you should always do some research in advance before setting out on your hike.
It's also important to remember that you should never set out for a hiking trip in Bolivia without a good map - or even a hiking tour guide if you are unfamiliar with the area. It's best to make sure you have all the maps you're going to need before setting out, since sometimes it can prove difficult to find just the map you need. When you need a map, sometimes one can be located in backpackers' hostels. However, keep in mind that you can also buy highly detailed navigation maps, courtesy of the Bolivian Army.
Interesting Hiking Destinations
If you enjoy hiking through beautiful surroundings, Takesi may be a great destination. Located close to La Paz, you'll probably want to allow yourself at least two days for this hike - and preferably three days. You'll have a chance to experience a wide selection of the beautiful Bolivian landscapes during your hike, such as rivers, rain forests and even a few ancient roads that date back to the Incas. There are also a few high passes that offer terrific views to enjoy.
El Choro is another beautiful hiking option that you might want to consider. The starting point of this hike is La Cumbre, which can be reached from La Paz by bus in only an hour. On the average, you'll want to allow three or four days for this trek. Overall, the hike isn't too difficult. However, you will cross over the Cordillera Real Mountains along the way. You'll also eventually end up in the "Yungas," which are the high jungle-covered cliffs that separate the cold high region from the Amazon rainforests.
If you're looking for more of a challenge, the Yunga Cruz trek might be more to your liking. You'll generally require three to five days to complete this hike, which will take you through the rain forests as well as to some passes that are quite high. Be aware that you won't be able to find good drinking water. So, be sure to take your own water or some purification tablets along with you. The views from the high passes are spectacular. However, this is one trek that is best made with a guide.