Although close to La Paz, the Cordillera Quimsa Cruz is a largely undiscovered wilderness of 5000m-plus peaks, some of which have only been climbed for the first time in recent years. Basque climbing magazine Pyrenaica once labeled it a ‘South American Karakoram.’ In 1999, near the summit of Santa Veracruz, Spaniard Javier Sánchez discovered the remains of an 800-year-old ceremonial burial site with ancient artifacts and weavings.
The Quimsa Cruz is separated from the Cordillera Real by Río La Paz. Geologically speaking, it’s actually a southern outlier of that range that's just 50km from end to end with lower peaks than in other Bolivian ranges. The highest peak, Jacha Cuno Collo, rises to 5800m, and other glaciated peaks range from 4500m to 5300m. Granite peaks, glaciers and lakeside camping make Quimsa Cruz an unforgettable, untouristed Andean experience.