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Management Category: National Park

 

Extent: Area of 16,570 hectares (165 km2). The Torotoro Park access is from the city of Cochabamba (Cochabamba).

 

Biogeographic subregions, altitudinal and weatther: Prepuna is typically mountainous region with deep canyons, valleys and waterfalls, the altitudinal range between 1900-3600 masl and the climate is mild, with precipitation levels below 600 mm. typical  of the regional.

 

Vegetation and flora: In the flora of the  Torotoro park we can highlight some species like o quebracho (Aspidosperma spp) or mountain pine (Podocarpus parlatorei), there are remnants of natural vegetation due to strong human impact secular as patches of Podocarpus spp. In the deciduous forest relict of Llama Chaqui in the upper parts are remains of Quenua scrubs  (Polilepis spp.)

 

Fauna: In the small wildlife area stand the Taruca (Hippocamelus antiensis), the marmoset (Felis Jacobite), stood in front of the world endemic macaw (Ara rubrogenys), the parrot (Myopsitta monachus) thrush (Oreopsar bolivianus-endemic) , and other species of birds as well as endemic Upucerthia heterura harterti and satins.


Local Population:The pattern of occupation in the Park is of ancient origin, is concentrated in the Torotoro Valley and surrounding communities inside are: Q'asa Huayra, Wila Q'asa, Huayllas, Viluyo, Laguna, Cruz Q'asa , Inca Corral, Estrellani, Molle Court, Hacienda Loma.

 

Tourism: Torotoro Park, next to Sajama Park and Eduardo Abaroa Reserve, has the most stunning scenery in the country, contains important geological and geomorphological values as the extensive caverns of Chiflonqaqa, Umajalanta and others. There are also traces of dinosaurs, areas with abundant fossils, important Inca ruins and cave paintings. A particular attraction is the impressive Valley Canyon of Torotoro, where the Orchard is. Torotoro is a paradise for lovers of geology, paleontology and caving, since you can find traces of large Mesozoic reptiles and rofundas karstic caverns, has a large variety of paleontological ages on rocks of Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic probably are poorly understood except footprints dinosaurianas Cretaceous and Paleozoic invertebrate fossils. These fossil remains belonging to impressions of fossilized animals that inhabited the seas and continents, are distributed throughout the Park Torotoro.

 

The fossilized footprints of dinosaurs about 130 million years old belong to the types of dinosaurs or theropods and sauropods carnosaurs or brontosaurus and marine fossils about 350 million years let imagine the richness of these paleontological resources. On the other hand has not been established prehispanic times of cave paintings discovered in the area.

 

The park houses Speleological important values, like the caves of Umajalanta, Chiflón Qaqa, it is important to conduct studies to know the deepest underground network as a whole. The cave houses inside Umajalanta small blind fish (Trichomucterus chaverti), they represent a major attraction in the field of scientific biospeleology.

Source: SERNAP http://www.sernap.gob.bo

 

 

How to get to Torotoro Park: The only way to get access to the site is the Cochabamba - Torotoro, going by Cliza  or Tarata, until you reach Anzaldo and Torotoro. In total journey is 140 km, 4 hours by private transport and 5 and a half by public transport. In Cochabamba plane - Torotoro are 25 minutes away, in the dry season there departures every day after contracting the service.

 

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