Condor Trekkers: Sucre Trekking Tour: Hike an Inca Trail and the Maragua Crater

Sucre Trekking Tour: Hike an Inca Trail and the Maragua Crater

Sucre, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Condor Trekkers

Non-profit organization

4 days
From$155 USDper person

Condor Trekkers is a nonprofit organization based in Sucre, Bolivia that offers trekking and city tours as a way to combat poverty in one of the world’s poorest nations.

Tour Highlights

  • Trek the rugged landscapes of this famous pre-Hispanic route while helping preserve Bolivia's rich cultural heritage.
  • Hike through the sparsely beautiful Crater of Maragua and spot dinosaur footprints in Niñu Mayu.
  • Experience Bolivia's indigenous culture as you stay overnight in the Quechua village of Potolo.

Tour revenue will be invested in the communities through which visitors hike, as well as in several established social projects within Sucre.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    Morning

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Good For

    Adults, Families

  • Languages

    English, Spanish, French, Quechua

  • Weather

    Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather

  • Tour Participants

    3 to 20

  • Difficulty

    Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Hiking boots, Rain gear, Sunscreen lotion

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Day 1
Travel like a local by micro, the main form of urban public transport in Bolivia, to the outskirts of Sucre and then by camion to Chataquila, which sits perched atop the Cordillera de los Frailes. Visit a lovely stone chapel dedicated to the Virgin and take in the incredible views of whitewashed, colonial Sucre behind you. Begin trekking just after midday down towards caves full of rock paintings, where you will enjoy your well-deserved lunch. Learn about these mystifying paintings before hiking further down to the small village of Chaunaca, on the River Ravelo, where you will stay for the night. Here, you will have the option to camp or stay in a home in the local community.

Day 2
After breakfast and an optional swim, walk past magnificent rock formations along the river to Socopampa. Cross the river via the suspension bridge and head past waterfalls and spectacular rock strata, looking over views of the river and the distant Inca Trail. From the top, take in the distance you have covered and bask in the western face of the Cordillera. Continue trekking to the Crater of Maragua, one of the most impressive and beautiful landscapes in all of Bolivia. You’ll have the opportunity to stand above La Garganta del Diablo, the waterfall known as the Devil’s Throat, and enter the cave which is his mouth, La Boca del Diablo. Spend the night in the village of Irupampa in the heart of the crater, and witness the making of their famous colorful woven textiles.

Day 3
Rise at dawn and eat breakfast before heading west out of the crater. Take in stunning views of the crater as you continue on through picturesque valleys. From the crater, you will reach the incredible dinosaur footprint site of Niñu Mayu, where you can see the footprints of dinosaurs embedded in pure rock. Stop for lunch before hiking through another scenic valley, past farmhouses and tranquil villages high above the Pilcomayo River, on your way to the remote Quechua village of Potolo.

Day 4
Sleep in Potolo's rustic cabins and awake refreshed before enjoying a late breakfast and traveling back through the valley of the Rio Potolo and over the Cordillera de Los Frailes to return to Sucre.

Tour Start Address

Calle Calvo #102, corner of Bolívar, Sucre, CQ, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

How To Get There

Condor Trekkers is accessible by foot or taxi.

More About Condor Trekkers

Mission

To break the cycle of poverty in Bolivia by providing an alternative to reliance on subsidies from abroad, using the strength of the local market economies to create and share profits among communities.

Main Programs

  • Construction of a library.

  • Provision of a pump and water pipe.

  • Provision of ovens, stoves, and educational materials to 15 schools.

  • Infrastructure projects in communities.