Monte Chacaltaya, La Paz

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Ascend Monte 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 Monte Chacaltaya and other attractions in La Paz.
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  • The place still has some snow that has not been melted by global warming. It's sad to see that it was a ski resort and is now abandoned. The path to the location sucks so much that scales and scary, but then worth it, especially for those who have never seen snow.
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  • It's kind of tense until arriving in the former ski resort, there are places where the road is very narrow. But when you get up there worth it. I was lucky enough to catch a clear day and you can several other hills.
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  • The most beautiful view is not the Summit. When you get to the top, where there is a sign indicating the altitude, climb down the left to a small viewpoint. There is the view of a landscape absolutely beautiful.
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