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15 Days Trekking tour itinerary for La Paz & Madidi National Park: Trekking And Rafting In Apolobamba - Madidi National Park

La Paz, Madidi National Park

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Trekking and Rafting in Apolobamba - Madidi National Park

rafting in rio tuichi

La Paz-Bolivia

The adventurous tour will take us through the heart of the Madidi National Park, following old Inca trails. Start with a drive through the Altiplano before we cross the Apolobamba mountain range to drop down to the village of Pelechuco. Head down through thick cloud forests to the Rio Tuichi. Then we raft through dry forest and rainforest for 5 days, camping on riverside beaches.

DAY 01

La Paz - Pelechuco

La Paz (3600m) – Pelechuco (3600m)

  • We will leave early in the morning for the drive out to Apolobamba.

  • Along the way, we drive through the scenic Altiplano and pass by Lake Titicaca.

  • Later we pass through the Area Protegida Apolobamba and the Reserva Nacional de Funa Ulla Ulla - a large Vicuna reserve.

  • We then cross a pass just after Lake Cololo (4700m) before arriving in the colonial village of Pelechuco, where the main source of livelihood is gold mining.

  • We will spend the night in Pelechuco.
    (8 - 9 hours driving, LD, Hostel)

DAY 02

Pelechuco - Queara

Pelechuco – Queara (3440m)

  • Dropping down into the cloud forest, we leave Pelechuco to drive up to the Paso de Sanches (4840m).

  • Once at the pass, we make our way down to where we meet the mules.

  • From here we start our walk, say goodbye to our drivers, and begin making our way down the valley, following the old Inca trail.

  • At first, we pass through alpine landscape before entering the forest.

  • We camp near a small river.

(1 – 2 hours driving, 3 – 4 hours trekking, (BLD) camping)

DAY 03

Queara - Chachimaya

  • Today, we start our trekking in the forest.

  • We still have a few long climbs and we stay above the river. The trail here has good stone paving, an excellent example of the solid roads for which the Incas were renowned.

(6 – 7 hours trekking, (BLD) camping)

DAY 04

Chachimayu - Casiquebrado

  • We keep following the winding Inca trail, while still at 3000m mark.

  • Looking back to the Apolobamba mountain range, we have views of Chuapi Orco (6044m) - the highest peak in the Apolobamba Mountain range.

  • We camp near an old Inca Tambo (road-house), structures which were used to host Inca dignitaries and officials on business who would have been travelling on the ancient road network.

(6 – 7 hours trekking, (BLD) camping)

DAY 05

Casiquebrado - Chunkani

  • Today, we drop into the cloud forest - a dense mass of trees and thick vegetation. The trail, in some places, becomes a tunnel carved out of the solid rock. In this area, we may be lucky enough to spot the rare Andean Spectacle bear.

  • The trail continues along the top of a ridge and is quite steep in places.

  • We set up camp in a forest clearing.

(6 – 7 hours trekking, (BLD) camping)

DAY 06

Chunkani - Mojos

Chunkani – Mojos (1600m)

  • We continue along the forested ridge, passing through occasional clearings among the trees.

  • Here, the trail gets muddy in places and the mules find it hard going.

  • We cross a small bridge and pass by pineapple plantations on the approach to the village of Mojos.

  • We make camp in the village.

(6 – 7 hours trekking, (BLD) camping)

DAY 07

Mojos - Chaquisapa

  • Fishing for dinner.

  • In Mojos, we change mules and have a long day, following the river below.

  • This trail is used more regularly and the walking is a little easier.

  • After a long day, we come to a clearing where we set up camp.

(7 – 8 hours trekking, (BLD) camping)

DAY 08

Chaquisapa - Virgen Del Rosario ( Rio Tuichi)

  • We have a short day of climbing up to a great viewpoint where can see the Rio Tuichi.

  • Another hour of trekking and we reach the community of Virgin Del Rosario.

  • Once in VDR, we meet our guides for the rafting section. They will have come the day before, with all the equipment and extra food supplies.

(4 – 5 hours trekking, (BLD) camping)

DAY 09

Virgen Del Rosario - Asariamas (Rio Tuichi)

Asariamas, Rio Tuichi (1300m)

  • Today will be our first day of rafting. The first part here is open and the water is calm.

  • Our camp will be at the start of the canyon section, near a small community called Asariamas.

  • In the morning, the 4x4 transport heads back to La Paz. You have the option to end the tour here and head back to La Paz which is a 2- day drive.

(5 – 6 hours, (BLD) camping)

DAY 10

Rafting Begins

  • Rafting the Rio Tuichi – San Jose de Chupiamonas (600m).

  • Rafting continues for the next 5 days.

  • We will raft downriver through the pristine and wildlife-rich rainforest, making occasional side hikes into the jungle or swimming holes.

  • We will fish for our dinner and camp on the beaches along the river.

  • During the 5 days on the river, we will have the opportunity to see an incredible variety of plant life and wildlife

(4 – 6 hours on the raft, (BLD), camping along the river)

DAY 11

Rafting Continues

  • Same as Day 10

(4 – 6 hours on the raft, (BLD), camping along the river)

DAY 12

Rafting Continues

  • Same as Day 10

(4 – 6 hours on the raft, (BLD), camping along the river)

DAY 13

Rafting Continues

  • Same as Day 10

(4 – 6 hours on the raft, (BLD), camping along the river)

DAY 14

San Jose de chupiamonas - Rurrenabaque

Rurrenabaque (400m)

  • Today we meet the motorboat which will take us to Rurrenabaque.

(4 – 5 hours on the motorboat, (BLD), overnight at Hotel)

DAY 15

Rurrenabaque - Airport - la Paz

  • In the morning, we can take a walk around town, before we take our flight back to La Paz.

  • Transfer to hotel.

  • Farewell dinner in La Paz. 

(1 hour flight, 40 minutes transfer, BLD) 

  • 2915 USD Per Adult
  • Professional English speaking guide

  • Meals as mentioned, including drinks at camp meals and restaurant meals (B – Breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)

  • All private transport, from the start of trek and airport transfers.

  • Motorized canon boat to Rurrenabaque

  • Tents and cooking equipment with Cook.

  • Mules for all day on trekking part

  • 1-night hostel (Pelechuco)

  • 1-night stay (Rurrenabaque)

  • Flight from Rurrenabaque to La Paz

  • Rafts, life jackets

  • Personal clothing

  • Personal insurance

  • Extra services not mentioned in the program

  • Tips

  • Type of activity: Trekking up to 4700m, Rafting

  • Difficulty: 3 – medium fitness required

  • Experience required: 2 - basic trekking skills Grade of trek: moderate, class 3 to 4 rafting

  • Number of days: 15 days, 14 nights

  • Tour starts in La Paz Tour and ends in La Paz

  • Best time of year: May to September

  • Season: Dry season: days are mild and nights are cold

  • Highlights: Trekking in a remote part of Bolivia, rafting the infamous Rio Tuichi, chance to stop wildlife Llamas, Vicuñas, spectacle bear, monkeys, other wildlife in the Amazon, views of the Cordillera Apolobamba, visiting small and remote villages of Pelechuco, Mojos and Rurrenabaque, visiting Quechua spoken part of Bolivia

La Paz, Madidi National Park

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Jeff Sandifort

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