Quime Day-Hike Guide


21125794_915855891905213_7007985827089419852_oMany of the guests at the Hostal Colibri come for the day hikes. In any direction are interesting destinations and people, and spectacular mountain views. There still are numerous unexplored trails (even by the author) but the following are established by Hostal guests and posted in blogs etc.

To the south: Mina Chambillaya, a series of seven primitive mines built into cliffs 1200 meters above the hostal. Many guests have entered the mine and some have joined in their fiestas. Near these mines is the Milloque indigenous village, also with its native fiestas, potato planting and harvests. Tough hikers can make it to the Huara Huarani Lake which can be seen from the village and view condors

To the East: Three native villages, the first two within a half hour walk of the hostal. Crossing the small river east of these villages the Lluni village is nestled against the side of three peaks with hanging valleys, waterfalls and pyrimid shaped sheer cliffs with scalable ledges.  taking a lower trail for about three hours a hiker can reach the Devil’s Slide, an area of 1000 m high “dustfalls” during the dry season. Further on are rare Bolivian native conifer cloud forests  of moss-covered Podocarpus trees.

To the North: One of the most popular short hikes is to the Chichipata Church, an old rustic construction about a half hour from Quime, good for picnicing along the small river. Continuing on the trail another hour one enters into an area of sheer sandstone cliffs and native cloud forest. Climb the trail to the top of these cliffs are a series of canyons and some spectacular views of the valley near the Jucumarini village (Jucuma means “spectacled bear” and  ni means “place of”.

To the West: In this direction are the Naranjani waterfalls (7 of them, mostly seasonal) issuing from a pristine lake in a cirque (hanging valley). the waterfalls fall from the high Andean puna through native cloud forest. This is a longer (6 hour there and back) hike. Much closer to town (about half hour walk) are native Polylepis forests, remnants of extensive woodlands that once were common on the altiplano and now (except for Sajama) nearly extinct outside of as few high Andean valleys.

In addition, if you have a tent and sleeping bag there are longer hikes, particularly interesting are the Huichincani Hot Springs near the Ramada village and on the border of the Choquetanga Spectackled Bear Reserve.





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