The Bolivian highlands are criss-crossed with ancient paving that served as working highways for hundreds of years. The narrow passes and stairways were the transport network for the Incas to carry gold, coca leaves and fruits from the sub-tropical forests of the Yungas up and over the plains to their capital Cuzco. Many trails were walked long before that by the Quechua and Aymara people that still make up most of Bolivia’s population.
Today, many routes have survived and are still plied by the odd llama herd and mules carrying potatoes and corn to isolated mining outposts.
These trails allow hikers to experience Bolivia’s wild beauty, where it’s possible to walk for days without hearing a car or even crossing a dirt road. The paths traverse crystal-clear mountain streams, ancient ruined settlements and offer staggering views from jungle to snow-capped peak.