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The Northwest: Cordillera Mountains and Subtropical Yungas Things to See and Do

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The most common activity in the cordilleras is mountaineering. Even though the peaks are high, there are some climbs that are suitable for less-experienced climbers, as long as you go with a certified guide. Illampu (6,368 meters) is one of the most difficult climbs in the area, while the normal route on Huayna PotosĂ­ (6,088 meters) is one of the most popular ascents, but is far from easy for inexperienced climbers. Most climbing routes are reached from La Paz, or from Sorata.

Both the cordilleras and the Yungas region are hugely popular for hiking. There are dozens of trekking routes scattered around the whole area, with some of Bolivia’s most popular routes (such as the Takesi) to some of its most remote treks (in the Area Natural de Manejo Integrado Nacional Apolobamba). Mountain biking and rafting trips can also be arranged across the mountainous and subtropical regions.

The numerous villages dotted around the Yungas region are perfect for some well earned r and r, or to act as bases for trekking. Horse-riding, white-water rafting and Spanish classes can be arranged in some of the larger settlements, while taking a dip in a pool or near-by water fall is a good way to cool off.



Other Activity pages in The Northwest: Cordillera Mountains and Subtropical Yungas that may be of interest: Coroico Activities and Sorata Activities.








18 Dec 2009

 
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