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Central Andes: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador
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Brad Abrahams
Central Andes: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador on 08/24/2012 11:00:31 MDT Print View

Greetings everyone,

I am planning a few trips in the central Andes region in the near future. Looking for 3-10 day treks that won't be crowded. Nothing ridiculously intense or freezing cold, but challenging enough. Also interested in the culture of the area, specifically the Q'ero peoples.

I have the old LP book "Trekking the Central Andes" that is a good start.

Does anyone have experience in this region that could give me some guidance?


Brad Abrahams
Re: Central Andes: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador on 09/02/2012 08:10:50 MDT Print View

Friendly Bump. Would also appreciate any insight into hiking Chile as well.

Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
Huayhuash on 09/02/2012 10:35:43 MDT Print View

Although I have a lot of experience doing long hikes on my own in Europe and USA, I don't have any experience with unguided treks in the Andes .

But I did hike the (circular) trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash with guides and I know it's a trek that can be done alone too. It's a beautiful trek and not crowded at all. I think it can be done in 9 days (there are several options for the route).

The Lonely Planet must mention this one too and otherwise I'm sure you can find it on the internet.

Some important info and some warnings you can find here:

And look at these incredible photos from Tom Dempsey of the Cordillera Huayhuash:


Edited by masanella on 09/02/2012 10:43:38 MDT.

Brad Abrahams
Re: Huayhuash on 09/03/2012 08:31:47 MDT Print View

Thanks Melissa, this is definitely on my list. How's the route-finding on this trek? Is the trail easy to follow?

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Central Andes: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador on 09/03/2012 10:30:47 MDT Print View


Have you looked at Danny Milk/Kristen T's "Global Test" trip reports. You can find them under "Articles" and then "Places". Each article has a link to a main page as well (that main page link is below).

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Torres del Paine on 09/03/2012 13:38:20 MDT Print View

Brad, if you are going to Chile the Paine Circuit, or other treks in the Torres del Paine, are a must. Even the Torres won't be very crowded in any season other than summer.


Brad Abrahams
Re: Central Andes: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador on 09/03/2012 16:28:21 MDT Print View

Thanks for that link Steven, invaluable stuff!

Alan Greene
(AlanGreene3) - F
Ecuador on 09/05/2012 19:00:13 MDT Print View

I will be in Ecuador this Dec/Jan and two potential hikes that stick out to me are "The Quilotoa Loop" Its not exactly a wilderness experience as it is mainly walking a dirt road between remote villages but from my understanding there are plenty of trails in the area, I just haven't looked into it in much detail. Another area worth checking out would be Cajas National Park not far from Cuenca, Ecuador. I'll be traveling solo so if you'll be in the area around the same time feel free to shoot me a pm.


Brad Abrahams
Re: Ecuador on 09/05/2012 23:01:12 MDT Print View

Hi Alan, I just may be there during this time as well. I will keep you posted.

There are three hikes listed in "Trekking in the Central Andes" book that are in Ecuador, and all three say Dec-Jan are the best times to hike them. Cajas is one of them. Let me know if you'd like info on the other two.

Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
book on 09/06/2012 00:01:30 MDT Print View

I recommend the book, Backpacking and Trekking in Peru and Bolivia.

Cajas is wonderful. So is the Cordillera Blanca. The latter involves tricky route-finding even with a good topo map.

If I were to head anywhere it would be the Huayhuash.

- Elizabeth

Brad Abrahams
Re: book on 09/06/2012 09:20:03 MDT Print View

Elizabeth, thank you for the tip. Is this the book you are referring to?

Edited by frigger on 09/06/2012 09:20:49 MDT.