Tiwanaku and Chacaltaya (TE01-02-TC) - Page 4

16:00-17:00 Chacaltaya

Chacaltaya used to boast with the highest situated sky lift in the world, unfortunately the global warming let to a considerable shrinkage of the glacier, thus skiing is nearly impossible these days. We will however climb the few hundred meters to the top of the mountain, if the group feels bodily capable of it, since the high altitude might have adverse affect on the physical condition of some people. There are amazing views from the top of the mountain, if there is a good visibility, Bolivia’s highest mountain can be seen from here; the volcano Sajama (6542 m – 21463 f). There are also views of the other important mountains around La Paz; Mururata and Illimani, and even the southern part of the Lake Titicaca can be seen from here.

17:00-18:00 Return to your Hotel (40 km – 25mi)

After our stay at Chacaltaya we will return to La Paz along the same curvy road. However we will bypass the chaotic streets of El Alto and turn off into the valley of Achachicala creek which eventually turns into river La Paz. The track here descents rather steeply into the valley, along the way passing indian adobe houses. As we decent, the climate changes and thus small fields of potatoes and broad beams start to appear, and then rather suddenly we arrive to the La Paz suburbs, and then to your hotel.

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