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Bolivia / Culturas vivas
Agua Blanca hostel, Apolobamba Protected Area (La Paz)

1. How to get there: The hostel is located in the Franz Tamayo province, La Paz department. Agua Blanca is at 360 km from the city of La Paz, from where you can take a bus Trans Norte to Agua Blanca and Pelechuco on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, on a trip of 12 hours. The return to La Paz is scheduled on Monday, Friday and Saturday. From Pelechuco provincial capital you require a one hour walk.

2. Ecosystem: Agua Blanca is located in a valley heads in an area of cloud forests and “polylepis”. The hostel lies at 3,600 m in the protected area Apolobamba which is classified as belonging to the Natural Area National Integrated Management. The best time for visiting the area is from April to November.

3. Tourist attractions: The area invites you to enjoy excellent Andean landscapes shaped by snowy mountains, lakes and hot springs. This region is the habitat of many bird species like the Hail Mary condor and the Torrontero duck as well as the viscacha, alpaca and llama. Among the cultural attractions, the area has a legacy of pre-colonial sites such as the mystical mountains dedicated to the gods of the Quechua culture. There are also remains of mining activity, and the picturesque village of Pelechuco which was founded in 1560.

4. Tourist activities: You can do adventure activities such as mountain climbing and hiking through Agua Blanca, Pelechuco, Lagunillas and Curve. Both activities require an excellent physical condition and the proper preparation for walking in high altitude zones. One can observe the local wildlife; visit the archaeological sites, the Yurax Uno community museum and the gold mines. It is also possible to participate in textile handicrafts with artisans. The traveler should be prepared to live in a very simple way in terms of housing, feeding and bathing, but can be sure that the facilities are comfortable and in good hygienic condition.

5. Tourist services: We provided tours, cultural and natural interpretation; food and quality accommodation. It is also possible to camp and use animals for load bearing on the walks.

6. Suggested tour package There are no tour packages currently available; for planning a package, contact the association directly.

7. What to bring: Clothing should be adapted to cold and windy climate: sweater, pants, woolen gloves, jacket, socks and appropriate footwear. For protection and comfort you need: mountain sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, medication and hygiene articles; a backpack, water bottle, flashlight with extra batteries. If you intend to camp bring proper equipment such as sleeping bag, tent and walking sticks.

8. Our organization: The project was designed by members of the community with support of the Araucaria program. The organization aims to increase its member’s involvement and participation in tourism activities and conservation of biodiversity. Besides the economic benefits expected to rise, it aims to strengthen social cohesion in the community which will benefit from the revaluation of their culture and their natural habitat. The business has a shelter and an interpretive museum. This museum is supported by the National Natural Management area Apolobamba (ANMINA) and the Biodiversity Conservation organization for an Integrated Management (COBIMI). Within the community, the Ecotourism Association manages the lodge, and the Cultural Association administers the museum and the handicraft workshop. Pelechuco neighboring communities, Agua Blanca, Lagunillas, Cañisaya and Curva involved in the Association ecotourism guides and carriers. Other projects supported by these organizations include the Agua Blanca Craft Center, the Interpretive Museum Huacochani, the circuit Trek Qutapampa Chari, Centro Cultural and Tourist Hostel Ka'ata. While the community holds the power of decision making, other organizations like COBIMI provide technical assistance to value the community culture and preserve their natural

9. Booking information: For reservations, sales and travel information, contact Integrated Management Natural Area National Apolobamba:

  • Phone / Fax: (+591-02) 2413-432
  • Email: apolobambapea@hotmail.com and apolobambapea@todito.com
  • Contact: Juan Carlos Gomez
  • Address: Calle Méndez Arcos N° 848, La Paz, Bolivia.



2011-01-10

 

 
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