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Yungas mountain bike tour

Born in the highest peaks of the Andes, the Yungas valleys sink sharply into the Amazon basin.
This is without a doubt one of the most amazing natural phenomena in Bolivia.
Coming down from the Altiplano so close, the mineral landscape gives way to a more colorful flora, new flavors. In addition, the vegetation is always thick, until adopting the appearance of virgin forest.
On steep slopes, our trail winds between coca plantations and tropical fruits. Very nice tour, however reserved for cyclists in good physical shape.

Classical, Outdoor
3 Days




La Paz - Coroico

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****.


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***.


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.