From La Paz city you will experience the descent of Cordillera Real de Los Andes, 4000 meters above sea level, to the Amazon basin that varies between 2,500 and 600 meters, creating one of the richest eco-regions in the country. The hazardous roads and endless rivers make the admission to the Yungas an incomparable experience, the landscape changes from eternal snow to a truly beautiful tropical jungle.
The proximity of this region with the city of La Paz, especially the North Yungas, has towns as Coroico, Chairo, Caranavi begun developing tourism alternatives for those who want to get away from the city and be in a single contact with nature.
For Sud Yungas, the most important towns are Chulumani, Yanacachi , Irupana and other small towns, good accommodation and tourism services choices.
Coroico and "Death Road"
Coroico has 23 thousand people and it´s essentially a tourist place; it was one of by the Aymara, as Chulumani, Coripata and Irupana. Although there are very few old buildings, it´s still possible to see traces of colonial and republican architecture in some of their homes.
Coroico streets, steep slopes and cobbled paving have a special charm, it´s surrounded by wonderful scenery that can be observed from different viewpoints, you can also do hikes to Cochuna and San Jacinto waterfalls or ascend to the top of Uchumachi, at 2500 meters above sea level, through a forest trail that forms tunnels to reach the summit, which has a spectacular view of the Cordillera Real de Los Andes.
It is also possible to visit the "vagantes", which are rock pools in Santa Barbara River, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in crystal waters and observe the natural landscape and citrus groves that are very close.
The Death Road is currently one of the most popular tourist destinations of Bolivia, is also known as "The World's Most Dangerous Road", is a route of 65 km long from the "Summit", a step of high mountain in the Andes, at 4000 meters, which until 15 years ago this route was the main access road to the forest of the Yungas. This road becomes legendary for its extreme danger because of its steep slopes, sharp curves, with a width of a single lane road in many segments (3 meters wide). Currently the form of access to populations like Los Yungas, Coroico and Yolosa is through a new paved road, so "The Road of Death" is today consolidated almost exclusively as tourist circuit for the mountain bike descent. This road became even more notoriety in February 2012 when the international channel "History Channel" filmed the reality show "Mortal Routes" on the road to Coroico, the series became famous deadly routes because of the exploits that made a group of experienced truckers by dangerous routes in the Himalayas and Alaska, click here to watch the video.
Tocaña: City inhabited by black slaves descendants who arrived in colonial times and it´s the birthplace of afroyungueña saya, hot and unique rhythm that is danced and sang in all local folk festivals, regional and national.
Location: City of western Bolivia, in the province of Nor Yungas of La Paz department, 100 km of La Paz (seat of government).
Elevation: 1525 masl
Average temperature: 22 º C.
How to get from La Paz to Coroico: There are public buses that leave every hour from the bus stop in the area of Villa Fatima, the trip takes about 3 hours.
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