The remote Cordillera Apolobamba, flush against the Peruvian border north of Lake Titicaca, is a burgeoning hiking, trekking and climbing destination. Mountaineers in particular will find a wonderland of tempting peaks, first ascents and new routes to discover, and the trek from Lagunillas to Agua Blanca – through magnificent Andean landscapes – is one of the most memorable in the country.
While access is improving, it must be emphasized that this is an extremely isolated region, and far from being set up for tourism. There are few services; transportation isn’t reliable; and the people here maintain a fragile traditional lifestyle. Comparatively few locals speak more than rudimentary Spanish (mostly men). Being sensitive to the local sentiments of this highly traditional Aymará- and Quechua-speaking area will help keep its distinctive character intact.