BIKING LA CUMBRE - COROICO
This is the most popular mountain bike route in Bolivia. It starts in the Mountain part of "La Cumbre" in La Paz, at 4.000 mts. above sea level and goes down along a grave and stone road to the warm valleys of Coroico. The views are spectacular due to the cliffs besides the road, but there is nothing to be scared of. Despite the route is known as the "death road" by the locals, you can travel it safely with a qualified mountain bike operator. The ride ends near the town of Coroico where you can enjoy of many touristic facilities and excellent views.
BIKING LA CUMBRE – SORATA
As another popular route in the region, this route also starts in "La Cumbre" near La Paz city until it reaches the valleys of Sorata. The town of Sorata is nearby the Illampu glacier. When you get to this town you can hire a guide to visit the caverns in the mountain and do some hiking in the area. Touristic facilities like hotels are very good.
BIKING LAS LAGUNAS
This route goes through the region of the Royal Mountain Range and you can travel it by hiring the services of the Ecotourism Association of "Suriquiсas - Alto Peсas". They provide transportation from La Paz, bikes and guides. The route starts in the native town of Ichu Khota, from where you ride for 1 hour to Kara Khota Lagoon and you rest. Then it is 3 hours to Khotia Lagoon and finally, after a break, you ride to Jamkho Khota Lagoon. The return is made in the same way.
This beautiful lake is the highest lake in the world, and has salted waters. It is home to the pink trout. Lake Titikaka is at only 1 hour from La Paz city and has many attractions to offer: from amazing native towns to ancient ruins, beautiful islands and comfortable hotels.
RIVERS IN THE REGION
Although there is no special permit needed for fishing in the region, it is required to gather information in the local council near the river you intend to fish, due to the existence of several endangered species that live in the region.
KOTHIA - TREKKING
The "Suriquiсas - Altomeсas" Ecotourism Association offers their services to travel this route that crosses various glacier lakes from the mountain range. There are mules and llamas to help you carry your backpacks and a guide from the community that knows the route very well. The trek lasts for 3 days. Transportation for the return trip is provided by the Association.
TREKKINGS FROM "CHU—AVI"
The "Chuсavi" Ecotourism Association provides their services to travel two routes from their community: "Chuсavi - Chulumani" that goes along the valleys of Yungas, with the possibility to see the Jucumari Bear (an endangered species); and the route of "Chuсavi - Irupana", that covers many magical lagoons. Both routes have a 3 day duration and allow you to see the back side of the Illimani mountain.
PREHISPANIC ROUTE OF YUNGA CRUZ
This route unites the Altiplano with the warm valleys of south Yungas, until it reaches the little town of Chulumani. The trek lasts for 2 days and it is recommended to do it with a guide from the community of Chuсavi.
TREKKINGS IN THE ROYAL MOUNTAIN RANGE
There are several routes that cross the Royal Mountain Range, with routes that take from 3 to 20 days. These routes are for experienced hikers or for the ones who are in really good physical conditions. The difficulty, none the less, is rewarded by the magnificent views. To cover these routes you will need to hire and experienced tour operator that provides you a guide. Transportation can also be coordinated.
PREHISPANIC ROUTE OF "TAKESI"
One of the most important and beautiful routes in the region. This pre Hispanic route built by the people of Tiwanaku and used by the Incas, begins in the little town of Ventilla near La Paz city, at 3.200 mts. above sea level, and goes up to 4.600 mts in the "Cumbre" (part of the mountain range), until you reach the warm valleys of Yungas at 2.200 mts above sea level. It can be covered in 2 days and has a medium difficulty (45 Km). You can do the route by yourself, following the route build with stones, but it is recommended to go in groups of no less that 3 people for safety reasons.
PREHISPANIC ROUTE OF "CHORO"
This is perhaps the most popular trekking route of the region. The route was also used by the Incas and is also called the "Inca road". It starts in "El Cristo", a statue of Christ in La Cumbre of La Paz (mountain range) at 4.900 mts. above sea level and goes down to the warm and beautiful valley of Yungas. The route can be walked in 3 days (70 Km). The difficulty is medium and you need to camp for 2 nights. You should always hike in groups of 3 people or more.
ECOTOURISM IN CHALALAN
Location: lagoon Chalalбn - Parque Nacional Madidi. Community: San Josй. Facilities: the ecological lodge is one of the best in Bolivia. It has a capacity of 24 people and the community offers tours to the Madidi National Park and river trips in boats and canoes.
The Illampu climb marks the start of the mountain chain. Together with the Ancohuma, it shapes a huge rock with more than thirty peaks. From its top you can see Lake Titikaka, the valleys of Yungas, El Beni and the Amazonas. It has many glaciers and caverns.
One of the most famous mountains in the regions and a must for worldwide professional climbers. Only the most experienced can dare to climb this dangerous mountain. Located in the south part of La Paz city, at only 72 Km. of road traveling, this mountain reaches 6.462 mts of altitude. The first climbers got there in 1898 and since then only a few have reached the top.
It includes 13 peaks that shape an impressive circle with crystal waters and lagoons. Some of these lagoons are Laguna Chiarkhota (4.600 mts.) and laguna Tuni Condoriri (4.200 mts.). The place is good if you want to get used to high altitudes before going to other higher peaks. It is a good mountain to climb if you are not a real experienced climber. The group of peaks you can climb are: Monte Ilusiуn (5. 350 mts ), Monte Jawaka (5.410 mts.) and Monte Alpamayo Chico (5.400 mts.).
HUAYNA POTOSÍ CLIMB
It is known as the easiest 6.000 mts. peak in the world, despite the challenge that means to be at that altitude. You can reach the base by Jeep at only 2 hours distance from La Paz city. The views are amazing and there are many tour operators that can take you up there, even if you never did mountaineering before.
Another ideal Glacier to get used to the altitude, recommended for non experienced climbers. Among it peaks are: Monte Jankho Huyo (5.512 mts.), Willa Lloje (5.596. mts.) and Jankho Laya (5.600 mts).
This beautiful glacier is located in the northwest of La Paz city, at 36 Km. of distance. The Club of Alpinists of Bolivia have a camp at the base. The snow is melting because of global warming you can still enjoy the awesome views from its top, including Lake Titikaka and the Altiplano plains.
It is located in the east part of La Paz city, at a distance of 87 Kms. It is known for its beautiful sights, as on its foot the valleys of Yungas are born.