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Coroico - Chulumani

THE YUNGAS BY BIKE
Coroico - Chulumani

Born from the highest summits of the Cordillera Real, the valleys of the Yungas abruptly plunge in to the Amazon Basin. This is without a doubt one of the most impressive natural phenomenon in Bolivia.
As we descend from the nearby Altiplano, the mineral landscape is replaced by a colorful flora, new fragrances and waterfalls, which seem to fall from the sky… Further down, the vegetation becomes yet thicker and eventually we enter the Jungle. On these vertiginous slopes are cultivated the fruits and vegetables that later on will be sold on the markets of the Altiplano: mangoes, papayas, bananas and coffee grow amongst the parrots and monkeys. And let’s not forget coca, also, here a traditional cultivation. A spectacular show, for cyclist in good physical condition.

Note: security assured by a 4WD support vehicle.

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz - Coroico
  • Day 2: Coroico - Chulumani
  • Day 3: Chulumani - La Paz

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz - Coroico

A DOSE OF THRILL AND EXCITEMENT !
We will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Madness agency's office (our provider), where our exciting mountain bike tour on the famous death road will begin. A vehicule will bring us to the Cumbre Pass (el. 4750 m.a.s.l. – 1h), in the Royal Cordillera. Here begins our thrilling mountain bike descent!
On the way down this winding road, the scenery becomes greener, the air more humid, the wind warmer...
Some 100 km lower (more than 3500 meters of elevation loss) is the Amazon Basin ! Welcome to this incredible intermediate region called the Yungas.
A final 7-kilometer steep ascent (650 m of elevation gain) leads us to the village of Coroico, the paradise of the Yungas region (posible to do this last part in the vehicle). Lunch at the village and posibility to refresh in the swiming pool.
Note: the descent is done in groups with English-speaking guide.

Night at the Viejo Molino hotel****.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, equipment rental, local spanish-speaking guide

Day 2: Coroico - Chulumani

Morning excursion in 4WD and then walk to the río Vagante at the bottom of the Coroico Valley. Abundant vegetation, waterfalls and icy torrents.
Then we hit the road on mountain bike and 4WD crossing the Yungas from North to South. Series of small climbs and short descents into the Yungas unknown from tourists. Coca fields, coffee plantations and orchards along our way to Chulumani.
Meals on the road. All-in.
Night at the El Castillo del Loro hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), local guide, entrance fees, equipment rental

Day 3: Chulumani - La Paz

We drive back to the whole Unduavi river, probably the most beautiful part of the valley. Suddenly, on a promontory overlooking the River, appears the figure of a medieval castle.
This building, probably the most unusual of Bolivia, was built by Paraguayan prisoners during the Chaco War (1932), to satisfy the whim of the Bolivian president. 35 km to get to the waterfall of "Bridal Veil", so named because of the cloud droplets it produces.
The valley becomes narrower and we begin our ascent towards the Cordillera (possibility of continuing in the 4x4 ASSISTANCE).
Lunch on the way (included). Dinner is open.
Included : local guide, entrance fees, equipment rental, lunch

Hotel Viejo Molino   Coroico

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Viejo Molino Hotel is located a 1km from Coroico on Santa Barbara road. The Hotel is surrounded by the nature and very quiet. This is one of the best hotels in Coroico, because of its service and quality.

Hotel El Castillo del Loro   Chulumani

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel El Castillo del Loro is situated in the Los Yungas region, in south, in the municipality of Yanacachi, just 64 kmsfrom the city of La Paz.

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