Torotoro National Park

Travel information

The Torotoro National Park is located in the municipality that has the same name, at the northern end of the city of Potosí, 736 km from the capital city and 138 km from the city of Cochabamba.

It has an area of 16,570 hm² and is the smallest national protected area. Within its limits are ten rural communities and the urban population of Torotoro. The area created in 1989 with the main objective of protecting the scenic beauty of the area, that is, preserves the archaeological, palaeontological and speleological sites besides preserving flora and fauna of the region.

Umajalanta Cave

Located 8 kilometers west of Torotoro, in the community of Huayra K'asa, it is the largest and deepest cavern in Bolivia. Its name means "the water that is lost in the depths of the earth". It forms with large vaults, galleries and narrow steps. In its interior, there are formations of stalactites and stalagmites, which receive different names such as weeping willow tree, Christmas tree, concert hall, virgin and child.

In the vast vault that is located in the deepest part of the route, there is a lagoon or spring water where live small blind fishes that can observe with facility. There are guided visits that are organized by qualified villagers and park rangers.


Itas Stone City

Located 21 km from Torotoro, at 3500 meters above sea level, it is a rocky formation that appears to be a stone citadel, with labyrinths, giant caves and cavities and the entrance of the rays of the sun, generate unique visual effects and too can appreciate cave paintings.


Torotoro Canyon and El Vergel

The Torotoro Canyon is 4 kilometers far from Torotoro. In the trip through this canyon can see dinosaur footprints and geological formations. Descending to Vergel visitors can take a dip in the crystalline waters of river and observe the subtropical vegetation of the area. During the hike advises to be attentive and pending to observe parrots with red front and condors.


Turtle Cemetery

Located 4 kilometers from Torotoro, in the community of Molle Cancha, at the Paleontological Interpretation Museum there are samples on display that show the geological evolution of the adjacent area and the Park, there are fossils in exhibition, such as turtle remains and skulls of prehistoric crocodiles.

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).

Fauna: Taruca (Hippocamelus antiensis), the marmoset (Felis Jacobite), stood in front of the world endemic macaw (Ara rubrogenys), the parrot (Myopsitta monachus).

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 dinosaurs footprints.


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