Toro toro National Park: walking in dinosaurs footprints
Toro Toro National Park, mountains, canyons and waterfalls.
This beautiful place, with few tourists, is located at 5 hours of Cochabamba.
Toro Toro name comes from "Thuru Thuru" in Quechua, which means mud, referring to the land where dinosaurs left their footprints.
This National Park, with an area of 165 km2, has its roots in a mountainous region with deep canyons, valleys and waterfalls.
It is ideal for paleontological and archaeological research because there is a lot of fossils and dinosaur footprints.
Come and discover fossilized dinosaur footprints in the stone cellar Umajalanta, the Toro Toro canyon and waterfalls of El Vergel and the ruins of City Itas.
Umajalanta Cave, an exploration height
Umajalanta Cave (in Aymara: flowing water) is considered one of the deepest in Bolivia, situated at 2,850 meters above sea level. The cave exploration offers two hours of caving and climbing.
One hour from the village, we will find Itas City; a huge rock formation that gives us the feeling of a unique city, with its narrow streets and secret passages; a series of mazes stone leading to countless narrow caves.
PROGRAMME DAY TO DAY
Cochabamba - Toro Toro
We leave early in the morning in our private 4WD and head south. It takes about 5 hours to reach Lake Torotoro, passing through the charming villages of Tarata, Cliza and Anzaldo, typically “cochabambinos”.
After lunch we visit the dinosaur excavation site where we can see numerous dinosaur remains. This region, which was 80 million years ago a lagoon of stagnant water, abounds in fossils of mastodons, brontosaurus and tridactyls herbivores, but also in fossils of sea turtles, sharks and innumerable prehistoric plants.
The Torotoro Park is also the caving Mecca of the world. The underground is in fact a vast, mostly unexplored, labyrinth.
We visit on foot the Humajalanta Cave. With our caving gear, we enter the cave to discover the interesting blind catfish populating these underground waters, as well as admire walls covered with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
Return to the village of Torotoro. Visit of the museum of the Casa de Piedra.
Toro Toro - Cochabamba
We hike to the site of El Vergel. It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful walk of the region, taking us through a magnificent canyon to a waterfall and its crystalline pools. On the way, we stop at the mirador to admire the canyon of Río Torotoro.
In the afternoon we return to Cochabamba.