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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.
Choro Inca Trail- About the experience
(4 days/3 nights)
Perhaps Bolivia’s most well-known trek starts an hour’s drive from central La Paz at the top of a 4,700-metre mountain pass and winds down to the humid sub-tropical Yungas lowlands at 1,300 metres.
The route is well-preserved, with around a third of the route on cobble-stone paving dating back to before the Incas.
You will experience around 5-6 hours of moderate, mainly downhill trekking per day with three nights camping and cooking in quiet spots. The fourth day provides a rewarding opportunity to rest weary limbs as the trek ends near the idyllic hilltop town of Coroico, a gem of a destination in itself that offers a range of comfortable accommodation and dining options.
The Choro trail is one of three well-preserved Inca trails near La Paz.
We also offer the slightly shorter Takesi (3 days) and slightly longer Yunga Cruz (5 days) journeys.
Longer treks across the majestic Real and Apolobamba mountain ranges, including mountaineering and biking options, can also be arranged.
Weather: In La Paz, the climate is generally mild with a constant feel of spring though it can feel much warmer in the strong sunshine at this altitude. In the winter (May- August) the temperature can get very cold in the evenings so pack plenty of warm clothing. Sucre has a milder climate, but most other places on this visit are at or above La Paz’s altitude of 3,600 metres above sea level. For part of the Salt Lakes tour you will be at 5,000m (higher than western Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, at 4,808m).