The Takesi trek is a popular trek from La Paz with some of the best Inca paving in the Andes. Mostly downhill it passes through cloud forest to semi tropical rainforest. It is available to trek in 2 or 3 days.
DAY 1 – La Paz – Ventilla – Takesi Village
We pick you up around 7 am from your central La Paz hotel or hostel and we drive to the village of Ventilla, passing by wonderful views of Illamani mountain along the way. From here we start our trek with a steep uphill walk that takes 1 to 2 hours. At the top we find a good view of the valley below and shortly after some oncredibly well preserved inca paving.We trek downwards through the mountain scenery for around 3 hours until we reach the village of Takesi. The village is an anceint village unchanged for centuries and mainly home to llama and alpaca herders. We continue on a little past the village to our camp site for the evening.
DAY 2 – Takesi – Chollja Village
Today is a long day so we get up early and have breakfast before setting off on our trek again. We are continuing mostly downhill and as we descend the valleys become more tropical and lush , we pass and cross rivers and have some amazing views in the lower valleys. It will take all day to reach the mining village of Chollija were we end our trek and take our private transport back to La Paz.
If you choose to do this trek over three days the route will be the same but with shorter days and we finish at Yanacachi instead of Chollija. Yanacachi is a charming little village with an old church and much nicer than Chollija, although a little further along the road about 1 hour more walking.
The route would be as follows:
Day 1 – Ventilla to Takesi
Day 2 – Takesi to Kakapi
Day 3 – Kakapi to Yanacachi
Included / Not Included
Private transportation to beginning of trek (Ventilla) from La Paz
Private transportation from end of Trek back to La Paz
Pickup from your hotel / hostel in central La Paz 7am approx
Trekking guide – Spanish speaking
Meals during trek
Camping equipment – tent, mattress
Sleeping bag – can be rented for 30 Bs for 2 days or 50 Bs for 3 days (pay on first morning but let us know in advance)
Poles – can also be rented for 50 Bs
Travel Insurance – recommended
Sunglasses and sun cream
The trek requires a minimum of 2 people in order to leave but you can book for one and if we find more people the trek will go on that date. If we do not we can refund your money as per our cancellations policy.
You will be carrying your own personal belonging on this trek but not your own tent or any of the food. It is possible to hire porters for this trek at a cost of 36.50usd$ per day. Each porter can carry one backpack of up to 50L in size.