Aug 24, 2012 at 10:00 am #1293300
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?
BradSep 2, 2012 at 7:10 am #1908404
Friendly Bump. Would also appreciate any insight into hiking Chile as well.Sep 2, 2012 at 9:35 am #1908427
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:
MarlaSep 3, 2012 at 7:31 am #1908634
Thanks Melissa, this is definitely on my list. How's the route-finding on this trek? Is the trail easy to follow?Sep 3, 2012 at 9:30 am #1908668
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
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).Sep 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm #1908718
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
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.
RichardSep 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm #1908763
Thanks for that link Steven, invaluable stuff!Sep 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm #1909452
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.
AlanSep 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm #1909532
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.Sep 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm #1909545
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.
– ElizabethSep 6, 2012 at 8:20 am #1909605
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