El Choro

El Choro

in Trekking
Difficulty: 4840 m.a.s.l. - 60 km - 4 days
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Description

El Choro is undoubtedly one of the best-known pre-Columbian trails among trekking lovers. During the three-day trek, we will find various landscapes and climates. We will walk about 60 km. and descend about 3,700 meters until reaching our destination.

Those who carry out this expedition, marvel at the journey and landscapes and feel as privileged spectators of a glorious past. These trails were useful to Inca people, more than 500 years ago, to transport people and goods from the valleys to high plateau villages.

This is a trek you will enjoy to the maximum for the vegetation exuberance and diversity of landscapes.

We will cross part of the Cordillera Real, as well as rivers and small villages, in which we will appreciate the traditional lifestyle of their inhabitants.

We will finish the trek in the town of Coroico, capital of the Nor Yungas province in the department of La Paz, located at the foot of Mount Uchumachi. A fair reward for an unforgettable trek.

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Itinerary 1


  • Day 1:
    La Paz - Challapampa

    Departure from La Paz on a private vehicle to La Cumbre, where we meet our porters to start the expedition. We start ascending toward Chungará apacheta (cairn). This pass is located at 4840 m.a.s.l. and it will be the highest point reached during the journey. From there, we start a zigzag descent by the Inca trail. After a six to seven-hour trek we arrive at our first destination: Challapampa, located at 2600 m.a.s.l.

  • Day 2:
    Challapampa - San Francisco

    We leave early and follow the river course to the village of El Choro, then we continue by a series of ascents and descents until reaching the village of San Francisco, after a seven to nine-hour trek.

  • Day 3:
    San Francisco - Coroico

    We start walking in the morning. This day we cross the Coscapa river before starting the Subida del Diablo slope. We go through fruit, coffee and traditional coca leaf plantations until we arrive at the village of Sandillani, where we can visit the House of a Japanese dweller, taking advantage of this break to have lunch. Later, we descend to the village of Chairo (1100 m.a.s.l.), where the trek is over and our vehicle is awaiting to drive us to Coroico (1500 m.a.s.l.), holiday resort in which we will have the afternoon off and where we will spend the night.

  • Day 4:
    Coroico - La Paz

    In the morning, after breakfast, we take a walk along Coroico, finding many coffee shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants, as well as a large influx of tourists, enjoying wonderful landscapes and a tropical climate. After lunch, our vehicle will fetch us to return to La Paz by the road known as the "death road".


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Recommendations

Our itineraries are designed to get a progressive acclimatization. Most of them require just a good physical condition and acclimatization capacity. For your convenience during the journeys, we recommend you «to travel light» and to carry just the bare essentials with you, as compact as possible.

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