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“Excellent 3 days through superb landscapes”

Condor Trekkers Tours
Ranked #2 of 11 Outdoor Activities in Sucre
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: CondorTrekkers is a non-profit organisation working to break the cycle of poverty in one of the world's poorest country. We offer tours of Sucre's historic colonial centre and treks into the spectacular mountain ranges surrounding the city. All proceeds support development projects in the countryside where we hike as well as within Sucre. These projects provide food and accommodation as well as recreation, education and health services to local children and communities in need.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We undertook the 3 day trek to Maragua Crater and dinosaur footprints in late April. There were two of us so it was not clear until a few days beforehand if the trip would go, as they need more than two as minimum to run. We did set off on the day we wanted, but were disappointed that a truck blockade and no contingency plan for transport on the outside of the blockade at the weekend meant we could not go into the crater by the usual route down the Inca Trail. Instead we had a long drive to circumvent the blockade and approach the crater by another route, followed by a long hot climb in the middle of the day to get to over the crest and into the crater. That said, we did actually get to Crater despite the blockade, and its landscapes are magnificent, particularly in the late afternoon and early morning, precisely the times the trek is there – more beautiful with a wonderful ambience, than the photos on Condor Trekkers website indicate. The dinosaur footprints were simply amazing to come across as they stride across the landscape and in fact, from the time we reached the crest of the crater on Day 1, the landcapes and scenery were wonderful the whole trek. We finished the trek at Potolo and the local mini-bus ride back from the trek on Day 3 was also really something, winding around a deep canyon, then straight up a mountain in the highest switchback ascent I had ever been on.
This trek offers some great insights into local life, and we saw virtually no other trekkers/tourists the whole time. Our guide (and cook), Rohelio, was excellent and very tuned into the local people, stopping for a chat and to share some coca leaves with many along the way. Meals were excellent, with a lot of fresh food all brought from Sucre (in containers shared amongst the group to carry). Overnight was in slightly run-down purpose built tourist accommodation with cold showers only but the beds were very clean, comfortable and warm.
Others have described the integrity of the company and their local work – and this attracted us as well, but having no idea what the area would be like, we undertook the trek as much to keep up our fitness for other treks later in our trip. So we were surprised just how good this trek was, and very pleased we had decided to to do it, particularly to go the three days not just two.

Thank BonniesGirl
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I had the incredible fortune of spending a few months in Sucre and was able to complete a number of treks with Condor. From the moment one arrives at the office it becomes clear that this is an organization unlike any other. Greeted by a host of Bolivian guides and volunteers from across the globe, it was clear that this was the group I wanted to spend my time in Bolivia with. After starting the first of my treks (which began with the best banana bread you will ever eat) we began our descent down the inca trail. What followed were three days of the best hiking with the most picturesque views imaginable.
I also rest assured knowing that I contributed to an organization which is legitimately making a difference in a number of communities in the area. The individuals running the program are genuinely invested in the people around them, and the profits from the treks stay in Bolivia and are distributed to schools, environmental projects, and a number of essentials the community desperately needs.
One memory from the treks that will surely stay with me forever was stopping for lunch at a remote school a bit outside of Maragua on the side of a mountain. The school was in session and the kids were fascinated and at first a bit intimidated by this strange group of foreigners, but after a game of basketball during their recess, we all became good friends. To me this is what Condor Trekkers is all about, exposing the culture of all who visit to a very different Bolivian one, and vice versa. I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to go to do it, it's a unique experience.

Thank alexstowe
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

If you´re at all interested in responsible tourism, community development and participation, and seeing amazing sights, then CondorTrekkers is the family to go with. I say family, because that is what Condor is. A family of guides, volunteers, and community that work together to show Bolivia at its best and to give back to Bolivia, to give back to the areas that we´re actually trekking through.

I´ve been a volunteer with them the past two months and I have had an absolutely amazing time getting to know each amazing guide, each person in the cafe, and all of the lovely clients we´ve had go on treks with us. Honestly, as someone who sees the organization from the inside, it´s very impressive what they are doing. Each area of the treks is planned out to be as socially and environmentally responsible as possible, all the while giving an amazing trek for all the trekkers out there. The money you pay is going to a great cause, to individual development projects like eco bathrooms, to schools to pay for supplies, and to help support community events. They help schools in the areas we hike through, as well as children care centers here in Sucre. Even down to the places we stay on the trek are great community based hospedajes, meaning even that money is being split up between the community.

Outside of the social aspect that your money is contributing to, the hikes themselves are absolutely stunning. Crazy colors and rock formations, beautiful waterfall, the amazing and insane crater, and the DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS! I´ve been in the crater over 8 times now, and I love it more each time. Each guide is amazing and is well informed about everything. The scenery is amazing, and of course, with Condor, one cannot forget the food itself! (Amazing amazing food. All vegetarian and can be adapted for vegans (me!) and gluten free-ers as well!)

Essentially, you should definitely definitely go with Condor, you will not be disappointed, the things I´ve seen, learned, and experienced on the treks are unforgettable. Like the motto states, be more than just a tourist!

Thank veganonfoot p
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

My husband and I just finished a three-day trek with Condor. We've been traveling for about fifteen months, and can say without hesitation that this was one of the best organized and most fun short treks we've done (not to mention via a nonprofit that employs locals). Neyba and Rogelio were awesome and shared lots of fascinating information about the cultures and the people who live in the stunning mountains around Sucre. Putting your hands in dinosaur footprints is pretty humbling, and we had one of the loveliest sunsets we'd ever seen, surrounded by mountains that looked marbeled by the mineral color. There were celebrations in the communities we got to take part in as well, guided of course by our guides--who proceeded to take us out in Sucre for a fellow trekker's birthday when we got back. BONUS: The Condor Café is EXCELLENT, cheap, and has the best salads in town.

Thank aniehaus
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We initially intended to book a 2 day trek, but there wasn't one running when we hoped to go. We booked on to the 3 day trek (and were informed that it is really a 2 day / 2 night trek with dfay 3 just being used to get the bus back to Sucre)

You are advised to take a 50litre backpack each, as you have to carry your own kit plus a share of the groups food - the guide and volunteer carry the majority of the food but we carried one large and one small container each.

The food was great, from the breakfast on day one to dinner on day two, although we felt shortchanged by the breakfast on day three which consisted of fruit, biscuits and hot drink only (we had good portions of cake for breakfast on day one and porridge on day 2).

The days were long - 9 hours on day one and 10 hours on day 2 but, because our group walked quite fast we did have time for a siesta after lunch. The accommodation in the crater and in Potolo were both very comfy and warm, with plenty of blankets on the beds to keep us warm. There were showers in both accommodations, but these were not tried by anyone in our group.

It is a great trek to do as there are few tourists and great views (we only saw one other group of tourists during our two days trekking)

1  Thank Andy W
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