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The rugged terrain, striking vistas, pre-Hispanic sites and secluded indigenous communities make the Cordillera de los Frailes the perfect place for hiking. It’s possible to trek pre-Inca trails, see pre-colonial rock paintings, stay in indigenous villages and experience the unique Jalq'a culture. This area is still relatively ‘off the beaten track’ and although it’s possible to do some of the treks on your own, it’s not recommended. The Jalq'a communities are generally shy with strangers and your experience will be improved ten-fold by hiring a Quechua speaking guide who can communicate with the locals and enhance the cultural exchange on both sides.

Many of the day hiking trips from Sucre start at the Chataquila chapel, a small, stone ceremonial church situated 30 kilomteres from Sucre, near the rim of the Cordillera de los Frailes. This is where the trek for the rock paintings and pre-Inca trail begin. On both these routes, you have impressive views of the painted landscape of the crater, with mountains streaked with reds, blues, greens and violet.

23 Nov 2009

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Rock Paintings (Trek)

This trek follows the rim of the Cordillera de los Frailes. The trail starts just west of the Chataquila chapel and...

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Cordillera de los Frailes, Bolivia

The pre-Inca Trail

The paved pre-Inca trail heads down from Chataquila to the village of Chaunaca six kilometres away. The trail is well...

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Cordillera de los Frailes, Bolivia

Chaunaca to Maragua Crater

In the village of Chaunaca you can buy basic supplies and there’s lodging at Samay Huasi. You can also camp near-by,...

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4x4 Tours

If you don’t want to trek, or want to combine trekking with 4x4 tours, there is a wealth of options available. A popular...

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Cordillera de los Frailes, Bolivia
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