A characteristic Apolobamba landscape

This trekking is called in this way because the Apolobamba Mountain Range – and particularly the village of Curva – is the domain of the Kallawaya, healers, experts of the plants and the natural medicine.

The Kallawayas’ trail is a classic of the Apolobamba Mountain Range and shows another face of the Bolivian Andes. Nevertheless, this is not a very popular trek. In 2001, just 350 tourists were recorded in Curva, the small village at the end of the trek. You won’t meet, during the trekking, more than very few people, most indigenous quechuas. The return to La Paz city will seem to you somewhat “strange” after having spent one week on the complete calmness. But if the tourists are rare, it is not due to a lack of magnificent landscapes. This trek in the country is a pleasure for all hiker.


DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 8:30 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 18:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Transportation Guide
Porters and pack animals Cook
Tents to sleep Dining tent and kitchen tent
Kitchenware Lodgings in Pelechuco and Curva
Meals (3 meals per day- breakfast, lunch, dinner-), snacks and provisions for the mountain
Alcoholic drinks Tips (porters, cook, drivers, hotel)
Personal expenses (physician, hospital, research expenditures, taxicab, etc.)
Insurances (liability insurance, aid and repatriation insurance, insurance annulments)
Day 1

La Paz – Pelechuco (3600 m)

Depart from La Paz for Pelechuco in a private 4WD vehicle. We take the La Paz/Copacabana road and after a while we take the way to the north of the Titicaca Lake which will lead us to the Natural Reserve of Ulla Ulla (8/10 hours over a sometimes bumpy road) – We will spend the night in a little hostel in Pelechuco.
Day 2

Pelechuco – Keansani (4200 m)

Beginning of the trek: depart from Pelechuco walking on a trail that partially follows one of the numerous inca paths in the region – the pavement which consists of big flat stones typical of the trails incas is still visible. Trekking through the pass of Keansani (4730 m) and downhill until Keansani where we set up the camp.
Day 3

Keansani – Piedra Grande (4280 m)

From Keansani we pass by Palka (4200 m) while following the meanders of the uphill and downhill path to arrive in the afternoon to Piedra Grande – camp set up.
Day 4

Piedra Grande – Sunchulli (4600 m)

From Piedra Grande we go up to the Sunchulli pass (5100 m) where the magnificent view of the surroundings rewards all our efforts – from here the trail slopes down to the Sunchulli’s village – installation of the camp.
Day 5

Sunchulli – Viscachani Incacancha (4200 m)

This stage departs from Sunchulli and leads us to the pass of Mil Curvas and to come down again until Viscachani, place of our camp.

After leaving Viscachani we walk uphill to the Viscachani pass (4700 m) and come down again until Incacancha where we spend our last night under tents.

Day 6

Incacancha – Curva (3700 m)

This stage leads us to the village of Curva, village dominated by the Akamani mountain- the Kallawayas’ sacred mountain, installation in village’s lodging.
Day 7

Curva - La Paz

After a last visit to the streets of this small village, we go back to The Paz in a private vehicle in 7/8 hours.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review

I get mixed information. One company said that they built a mining road in that area and the trek lost its charm. The organisation of our trip was done by La Paz on Foot, and we had an excellent guide, cook and helper.

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