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Inca Trails Less Travelled




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.


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).



Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz - Chucura
    Pick up from your hotel in La Paz to drive out and up a mountain pass before alighting at 4,600m. The first hour’s walk is uphill, to the top of the pass at 4,700m before the descent towards the village of Chucura.
  • Day 2: Chucura - Choro
    After breakfast we set out to witness of the extraordinary change in the ecosystems step-by-step on a tough six-hour stint to Choro village.
  • Day 3: Choro - Sandillani
    At this level the vegetation starts to grow lusher with flowers, birds and butterflies brightening the way and the crossing of several suspension bridges towards Sandillani.
  • Day 4: Sandillani - Chairo
    A final stretch of three hours through thicker, sub-tropical vegetation to the small village of Chairo at 1,200 metres. A vehicle is waiting there to transfer to Coroico for a rewarding lunch and optional stay before returning to La Paz.
  • Day 5: Corioico
    A day to relax or visit the nearby Coffee and Coca plantations
  • Day 6: Coroico - La Paz
    Return to La Paz.
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