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Cordillera Real

One of the highest mountain ranges in the world, the Cordillera Real is a royal treat for climbers. In fact, its very name translates to “The Royal Mountains”, an honor given to them by the Spanish who were stunned at the range's staggering beauty.

Rising up between the Amazon to the east and plateaued altiplano to the west, the Cordillera Real is a granite mountain range northeast of La Paz whose majestic peaks are dotted along over 200 kilometers (miles) of land running north-south. The Amazon lowlands bring ample moist air to the area, which creates the beautiful glaciated peaks that glisten and beckon. The dramatic landscape zig-zags between snowy peaks, alpine valleys and sparkling, pristine lakes. Indeed, this is prime trekking terrority.

Because of its proximity to La Paz, Cordillera Real is the most visited of Bolivia's mountain ranges. That being said, it's still relatively untouched by Latin American travelers, who tend to gravitate more toward the Andean allures in Chile or Argentina. Despite still being in its early stages of tourist development, the Cordillera Real in Bolivia is widely accessible and a real jewel in any climber's crown. Whether trekking across or climbing up, the “Royal Mountains” offer breathtaking scenery and altiplano adventure for hikers and climbers of any level.

The top prize for Cordillera climbers is Mt. Illimani, whose peak is perched at 6,438 meters (21,122 feet). There are five other summits that are higher than 6,000 meters, and more than 600 peaks that rise up to over 5,000 meters. There are countless climbs to choose from, though the eastern side is relatively untouched, due to less accessibility and fickle weather.

Due to the high altitude and staggering landscape, the area is scarcely populated. However, Aymara and Quechua villages are sporadically situated along the foothills of the Cordillera Real.


Other places nearby Cordillera Real: Charazani, Mapiri, Caranavi, Coroico, Sorata, Around Coroico, Guanay, Cordillera Apolobamba, Around Chulumani and Santa Rosa.

10 Feb 2010

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Cordillera Real Climbing

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Huayna PotosĂ­ Climb

Due to its accessibility – just 25 kilometers north of La Paz – and its gorgeous glacial pyramid shape, Huayna Potosi (“Young Mountain”) is the most popular and well-traversed peak in the ...
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Condoriri Massif Climb

The Condoriri Massif consists of a cluster of 13 beautiful peaks, all above the 5000m (16,400ft) mark. Climbers have their pick of snow-capped peaks ranging from 5100 - 5648 m. The mountain range’s ...
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Ancohuma Climb

Mount Ancohuma (6,427 meters) is found in the northern part of the Cordillera Real. It’s the largest peak in the Ancohuma Illampu Massif, situated to the south-east of Mount Illampu. It was first ...
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