Trekking in Takesi

La Paz - San Francisco Mine - Takesi : Hike - Pongo - Sud Yungas - La Paz - Tiwanaku - Copacabana - La Paz  7 Days  |  6 Nights

This trail links the barren Altiplano with the lush subtropical Yungas, and gives you the rare opportunity to witness such extremes in these amazing landscapes. There are spectacular views of the Mururata Peak and you will pass abandoned mines, cascading rivers, exquisite lagoons and quaint villages. This is one of the best preserved pre-Inca trails and almost half of the trail consists of extraordinary stonework/paving, making this trip incredibly accessible without missing out on adventurous river crossings and camping in the great outdoors.



DAY    1 Arrival in La Paz

DAY    2 La Paz / San Francisco Mine / Takesi (hike)

DAY    3 Takesi / Quimsa Chata / Kakapi / Pongo (hike)

DAY    4 Pongo / Chojlla / La Paz

DAY    5 La Paz / Tiwanaku/Copacabana

DAY    6 Copacabana/Sun Island/ Copacabana / La Paz

DAY    7 Departure from La Paz



Day 1 Arrival in La Paz

§   Welcome to the international airport of La Paz, located at 13,313 ft (4,058 m) altitude.  

La Paz, the seat of Government, located at 11900 ft or 3600m above sea level is enclosed in a basin of the Bolivian Altiplano crowned by the majestic Illimani. This steep and colorful city, full of life (traffic jams ...) , offers a stunning blend of tradition and modernity.

§  Transfer and hotel installation 

§  Lunch on your own.

§  Visit to the city: the Killi Killi overlook, offering a first view of the city, a visit to residential neighborhoods and the Valley of the Moon where you will enjoy unique landscaping and rock formations that give you the feeling of a real moonscape.  

§  Visit to the City: Colonial Republican Circuit, Murillo Plaza, Government Palace, Legislative Assembly, the Cathedral, the Witches Market, the Crafts Market. Visit to popular neighborhoods which are most often the oldest, the most authentic and the most dynamic of the city and which are fully integrated in the daily life of La Paz.

§  Transfer and hotel registration

§  Dinner on your own.

§  Night at the hotel.


Day 2 La Paz / San Francisco Mine / Takesi (hike) 

Hike with no major difficulties, but good physical condition is required. Twenty eight mile walk at about 10,000 and 15,500 feet above sea level. The first time that this was done was in 1845 by Alcides D` Orbigny and was declared an archaeological monument in 1991. Former pathways of the population of ethnic Quirua, subsequently used by the Incas, and then finally by the Spanish to spread religious doctrine.


§  Breakfast at the hotel. 

  • You will leave the city of La Paz in a private vehicle towards the impressive Illimani summit (19,685 feet high), known as "the guardian of the city". A 40 minute drive will lead you to the Lagoon of "Las Animas" (the spirits), the name of the valley where it is located. If the sky is clear, you will have an impressive view of the giants of the Cordillera Real, the Mururata and the Illimani, and the back of the city of La Paz, with its never-ending rows of bare brick houses.   Descent into the valley of the Uni and the Apana. After a 2 to 3 hour drive, you will arrive at the San Francisco Mine, 25 miles from La Paz, the beginning of the hike.


You will immediately attack the ascent to the "Apacheta", a pass located at 15,255 feet, then a short descent to the Laro Kheri lagoon, via a paved path.

§  Lunch at the site. 14,780 feet.

§  In the afternoon, we arrive at the campsite in the hamlet of Takesi, located 12,400 feet above sea level, the ancient "Tambo", site of a relay stop for caravans of llamas transiting between the mountain range and valleys.

§  Dinner at the site.

§  Overnight in tents. 


Day 3 Takesi / Quimsa Chata / Kakapi / Pongo (hike)

§  Breakfast at the site.

As we descend along the length of the valley, the vegetation turns greener and greener and the temperature rises; here is the "head of the valley", the Yungas, an inter-Andean valley, with the Andes majestically rising up behind you! You will then find yourself in Pongo, where you can watch the amazing Quimsa Chata river.

§  Lunch in the open in the area of ​​Kakapi, approximately a 5 or 6 hour walk. 

§  Camp near the village of Pongo, 6500 feet above sea level.

§  Overnight in tents and dinner on site.


Day 4 Pongo / Chojlla / La Paz

§  Breakfast at the site. 

  • You will then leave for the Chojlla Mine, which is located 7,500 feet above sea level. Arrival first at the Takesi River, where the pre-Hispanic road ends- about a 2 hour walk. Pass in front of the Mine. Rendezvous with the arranged private transportation.


§  Lunch en route.  

§  On the way, visit "El Castillo", an ancient castle in the Portuguese style, a product of the eccentricity of a Bolivian president. 

§  Dinner on your own.

§  Arrival in La Paz and transfer to your hotel.


Day 5 La Paz / Tiwanaku/Copacabana 

§  Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning departure to Tiwanaku (journey time approximately 1:30). Guided tour of the main archaeological ruins of Tiwanaku culture. During its heyday, Tiwanaku was considered the most important city in the world and "the cradle of American civilization." Visit the Gate of the Sun, the Pyramid of Akapana, semi-subterranean temple, monoliths and also the museum where you can deepen your knowledge about the various stages of this culture.

§  Lunch on  your own in Tiwanaku.

§  Leave in the direction of Lake Titicaca to reach the village of Copacabana, located 100 miles from La Paz (about 3 ½ hours).

 Lake Titicaca, located at 12,500 feet, is the highest navigable lake in the world. 

With an area of ​​5,321 sq miles, 110 miles long, 43 miles wide and 932 feet deep, it is an inland sea between Peru and Bolivia.

It consists mainly of two bodies of water: the large lake, or Chucuito, and the small lake, or Wiñaymarca, linked by the Strait of Tiquina for a length of 2,625 feet.

Since 1998, the Bolivian side has been included in the list of the Convention of Ramsar (Iran, 1971) which seeks to protect wetlands of international importance for the conservation of global biological diversity, including migratory waterfowl.

§   En route, we will cross the Strait of Tiquina in small local boat.

§  Arrival at Copacabana, located at 12,600 feet.

 At present, this is the largest urban center of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, a few miles from the Peruvian border. Originally, it was a pre-Columbian ceremonial and astronomical observation center destroyed by the Spanish who, in order to evangelize the inhabitants of the area, erected the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of Copacabana in the sixteenth century.

§   Dinner on your own.


Day 6 Copacabana/Sun Island/ Copacabana / La Paz 

§  Breakfast at the hotel.

§  Visit to the Isle of the Sun 

§  Lunch included in local restaurant

§  Return to Copacabana.

§  Sail on a private motor boat to the Isle of the Sun

The Isle of the Sun is considered the cradle of Inca civilization. According to legend, the sun god Inti, placed his children, Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo there. They later began their pilgrimage to Cuzco to establish their empire. Up until the arrival of the Spaniards, the island was considered a sacred site for the Incas. They built many temples to worship their gods and palaces to honor their noblemen.

§   Arrival and go to the la Chinkana Inca ruins (quechua word meaning "labyrinth" or "place where one is lost") and to the Rock of Origins, birthplace of the universe, the planet and human beings.

§  Hike to the village of Ch’allapampa to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lake, with the snow capped peaks of the Royal Cordillera as a backdrop (about one hour and 15 minutes).

§  Sail on a private motor boat to the Isle of the South.

§  Arrival at the island and visit the archaeological site of Pillkokayna.

 This is a two-story former palace, of which the first story is almost completely intact. It seems to date from the late fifteenth century (the reign of Yupanqui Tupak)

§   Return to Copacabana and immediate departure to La Paz by the same route as the day before.

§  Transfer and hotel installation

§  Dinner on your own.

§  Night at the hotel.


Day 7 Departure from La Paz 

§  Breakfast at the hotel.

§  At time indicated, transfer to airport for your flight.

§  Baggage check and passenger boarding

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