|The Andes to the Amazon: Trek, Climb and Ride|
This multi activity holiday allows you to try a bit of everything! You will start with trekking to Laguna Glaciar which will take you near the Illampu Ancohuma massif in the northern part of the Cordillera Real. You will then climb Nevado Piramide (5907m) also in the north of the Cordillera. This is not a technically demanding climb. You will then have the opportunity to do 2 days of downhill biking which is great fun and a great opportunity to see some amazing scenery. Finally you will take a boat down the Rio Mapiri and Beni to finish in the charming town of Rurrenabaque in the heart of the Bolivian Amazon, before heading back to La Paz.
Please check the gear list to see what you will need to bring for the trip.
Day 1: La paz (3600m) Sorata (2700m).
We leave La paz, passing the city of Al alto and driver thought the altiplano. We have views of the Cordillera Real and lago Titicaca. At the pass of Sorata (4200m), we can see our mountain which we will climb from here we drive down the winding road to the relaxing village of Sorata.
Day 2:Sorata (2700m) Laguna Chilate (4200m)
We will start our trekking from the village of Sorata, following the trails from villages near by. We can easily get lost here in the maze of tracks. Near an old Inca cemetery we stop for lunch. We then have our last climb up to Laguna Chilate where we will set up camp.
Day 3: Laguna Chilate Laguna Glaciar (5050m)
An early start following a small track, we will climb over old moraine walls with Pico Shultz below. After climbing over rock slabs we will reach Laguna Glaciar. We have to go all the way to see Laguna Glaciar - the reward is worth it. We will be able to see Lake Titicaca (3810m) with Isla del Sol (3850m) and the summits of Ancohuma (6427m) and Illampu (6356m).
Day 4: Laguna Glaciar Mina Susana (4000m)
A long traverse today following the mountains along its base. The trail is some times hard to find and if the cloud comes in there is no way you could find it by your self. Later in the day we come across some old mins and near here we will make our camp.
Day 5: Mina Susana High camp of Nevada Piramide (5000m)
We pack our gear for the high camp. The porters take our gear up to high camp. We follow some llama tracks to get us to high camp. As this mountain is never climbed there are no trails to follow. We set up high camp just below the moraine. We have great views of Lago Titicaca.
Day 6: High camp Summit (5907m) Base camp (mina Susana) - Sorata
A long climb up to the pass of Cazada (5045m) and from the pass we will get our first views of the Altiplano (4000m) and Lake Titikaka (3810m). On our left we can see the mountain of Nevado Chearoco (6104m) and Nevado Chachakumani (6000m). Then there is a steep down hill with traversing to Laguna San Fransico.
We have a free day in Sorata. You can just relax or take a walk to visit the Gruta de San Pedro. Later in the day you will be fitted out with your mountain bike. (BLD) Hostal
Day 8: Sorata Paso Chu Chu (4700m) Consata (1200m)
Travel by 4WD to the pass above Sorata Paso Chu Chu, where we will show you some basic riding techniques. We then descend by bike from the high Andes, through the clouds to an arid cactus desert and onto the tropical Yungas. A full day of easy down hill riding and we will also have 4x4 support. We will spend the night in a nice hostel with a fruit filled garden.
Day 9: Consata Mapiri (700m)
Continue by bike down a dramatic canyon, through the lush forestland past cascading waterfalls and we can cool down by swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Rio Vagante. The ride ends in the gold mining town of Mapiri.
Day 10: Mapiri Rio Mapiri camp (550m)
We meet up with the boat, and flow downriver into the jungle, past gold camps, both old and new. We will stop in Guanay for lunch before head further down river were will spend the night.
4 hours in the boat ( B LD) camping
Day 11: Rio Mapiri camp Rio Beni camp (500m)
We continue down into the wilds of the Amazon, with side trips to a piranha filled lake, ancient Inca ruins and a refreshing swimming hole. We will spend the night with the park rangers at the entrance of the Madidi national park.
Day 12: Rio Beni camp Rurrenabaque (400m)
The final day on the river takes us into the Madidi national park, past ancient rock art sites and the infamous Rio Tuchi, to the happening town of Rurrenabaque.
Day 13: Rurrenabaque La Paz
We have time to take a look around town before we have our flight back to La Paz. 1 hour flight, transfer to hotel (BL)
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