Bolivia is an untouched natural paradise. The alpine scenery, the jungle, the salt flats, etc. Bolivia’s stunning nature and unique folklore culture make it one of the most visited country among backpackers. Major cities are generally crammed full of backpackers who come for a cheaper stay than elsewhere in South America.
I loved Bolivia, it’s probably among my favorite countries so far. Yet whether it’s a easy to travel around or not is debatable from an independent traveler’s perspective. There are many reasonable trekking opportunities. When I checked the trekking spots around La Paz, I’ve found loads of them and also found many day or 2-day tours to go there.
Not a big fan of any tour, Bolivian ‘tour mentality’ annoyed me a bit, from Uyuni Salt Flats to the Alpine lakes in the South. Tours, tours, tours.
I didn’t find much information regarding how to get there by yourself so today I’d like to share with you dear Steemit friends my trekking experience in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia.
玻利维亚是背包客在南美最爱的国家。这里有很多民俗和风景。玻利维亚高达 62% 的人口都是原住民。除了印第安文化的吸引力，玻利维亚有着独特多变的地形，有安第斯山有乌尤尼盐湖还有亚马逊丛林。加上这里的物价很低，很多背包客喜欢把玻利维亚当做南美游的基地。
I took a taxi from La Paz city to Patamanta, a small town at the crossing point of the main road onward to Copacabana and the unpaved road to the Cordillera Real . The country’s road system wasn’t that great, due to the topography and lack of maintenance.
Once in Patamanta, the taxi driver drops me on the side of the road. A lady contacted Rorelio to reach Tuni. Rorelio and his brother were the only two who can host visitors in their little house. The mobile signal in Tuni is extremely bad, only when Rorelio was outside Tuni he could reach the phone. I had to wait a bit till he picked me up.
Rorelio showed to me the little school and football field along the way. But there were too few kids in the area so those were shut down a few years ago.
早上的时候，我搭了出粗车从拉帕斯到一个叫Patamanta的小城。这个小城从地图看在从拉帕斯去的的喀喀湖路上，离 Cordillera Real山最近。我想着如果找不到交通就直接去的的喀喀湖了。我告诉小城里一个小卖部的老太太，她帮我联系了Rorelio。还好Rorelio和他弟弟提供在Tuni的住宿。玻利维亚的山区手机信号很不好，Rorelio说每天他都要开车离开山区，才能联系到外人。去Tuni的路上，他指给我看居然那么偏僻的地方还有一个小学校，不过这里的孩子太少了，孩子们都去大一点的城市上学，而这个小学校也被迫几年前关掉了。
Tuni is a little town about 1 hour away along the unpaved road from the main road.
The village, the house I stayed and photo of all the villagers. Rorelio brought me some tomatoes noodles and eggs. I was allowed to use the self-served kitchen to cook some food. Because of the height, the rice and noodle couldn’t be cooked thoroughly. I was too scared to use the high-pressure cooker. XD
View of the Huayna Potosi and the alpaca group under the sunset.
There were different trekking routes in Tuni/ Condoriri. I wasn’t feeling that great that few days, partly because of the height. So I just did a full day trekking from Laguna Tuni, which is next to the village, to the lagoon Chiar Khota, where you can get a great view of Huayna Potosi.
Lovely emerald colored Laguna Tuni.
The trekking route was calm. I only met a guy transferring some goods with his donkey and some cows and llamas. The trekking was stunning, I walked passed a few small lakes. It was cold and icy. The route wan’t that difficult, high altitude probably made it slightly more difficult. There were no signs or anything, I asked one lady on the way (there weren’t that many in the area) if I was going the right direction and how much further it was. I was a bit sick that day but still it was a wonderful experience. If you ever traveled to La Paz or Copacabana, consider trekking in the region.
Thanks for reading!