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Refuge Santos

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  • Encounters with locals
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Sustainable Tourism
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Five hours' walk from Laguna Tres Picos
When to go
Between April and November
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Refuge Santos

Caroline Gourmaud Seasoned Traveller
221 written opinions

Refugio Santos is located in the Chiqapa Jawira valley at the heart of the Cordillera Real mountains.

My suggestion:
Stay the night at the refuge and spend a day mountaineering.
My review

As well as being a wonderful place for exploring new landscapes and testing your limits, the Cordillera Real mountains offer the chance to meet with local people. This mountain range is actually home to indigenous Aymaras, and it's possible for tourists visiting and exploring this section of the Andes to stay the night with them.

Located at the heart of the wonderful Chiqapa Jawira valley,  Refugio Santos is a mountain refuge constructed entirely out of stone by the people in Uma Palca community. This "Qala Uta" ("stone house" in the Aymara language) is the perfect place to stop, rest and relax when trekking in the Cordillera Real mountains. When we visited, we got the chance to do some mountaineering and managed to get to the Laguna Tres Picos lake, which is a few hours' walk from the refuge.

Refugio Santos is the ideal place to go to if you want to meet the local inhabitants and learn more about the indigenous people living in the Andes. Please note that some of the local people only speak Aymara; your guide will be able to act as an interpreter if you wish to communicate with them. 

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