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. Make Monte Chacaltaya a part of your La Paz vacation plans using our La Paz vacation route planner.
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  • August 8, 2017
    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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  • August 1, 2017
    A very nice walk, especially in winter is when it is snow-covered, height if you can play against even for locals, must be prepared with mate de coca and sorojchi-pill. The cabins are quite destroyed, rustic, bathroom better not. The views of the Illimani and the Mururata is a dream, a bit further down you can visit three lakes, is an easy trek.
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  • July 20, 2017
    It is a very nice picture if you like to appreciate nature, but if you take a little time in La Paz it is recommended to that wait a little to your body to adjust to the height. You should go with warm, comfortable clothing and water, hiking is soft, nothing tiring and on the climb you can take wonderful pictures.
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