Chacaltaya, La Paz

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Ascend Chacaltaya, an impressive mountain in the Cordillera Real, one of the main ranges in the Bolivian Andes. With an elevation of 5,421 m (17,785 ft), the towering peak offers a challenge for experienced hikers and amateurs alike. Head up the mountain road, enjoying extensive views of the range as you curl up the mountain. Home to what was once the highest ski area in the world--now abandoned, with the affects of global warming reducing the skiable area over the years--and an observatory, the mountain road offers a good route into the area for amateur mountaineers, as the walk from the road to the summit is relatively short. By using our La Paz tour planner , you can arrange your visit to Chacaltaya and other attractions in La Paz.
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  • Did the homecoming to the Chacaltaya, the way there is exhausting and painful, you are in a van and the road is narrow and with many rocks, but the look is amazing, colored lagoons, beautiful mountains and a look amazing. As for a lot of altitude (5421 m above sea level) the feeling of discomfort and shortness of breath is constant, then it is necessary to climb the summits slowly and always stop to breathe and recover. I didn't think bathrooms or place to buy any food or water in the place, so go prepared.
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  • A strenuous adventure, gruelling, however spectacular! When you get to the top, you can't describe the thrill of getting get to that time with such beauty!
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  • It was a amazing, a tense ascent due to altitude, had plenty of snow, the guide was super nice people, and the road to get there by van was scary.
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  • Yes it has nice views. But i would never go there again with a bus tour since the narrow curvy road is too small for ordinary buses. The bus basically slipped over the edge but the bus driver was just laughing. Some people were frightened to death- so was I. Be prepared to face extreme cold winds up there.
  • There is a new downhill biking route from Chacaltaya to Zongo. This is even better than the Death Road downhill biking. In summary, this is a spectacular place.
  • Nice peak - be prepared to bring warm clothing as it is pretty cold up there. Also, it is a windy road up - if you get car sick, make sure bring motion sickness pills.
  • Amazing view of Huaynu Potsoi, but the road getting there is really dangerous
  • Nice
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