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YUNGA CRUZ
Trek of the Incas, from the Andes to the Yungas
Trekking 7 days March to November Private Spanish or English speaking
 
Along the way…

A trek to classify amongst the Great Andean treks!
Probably the most impressive of all the Inca trails, the Yunga Cruz takes us from the slopes of the Cordillera to the lush valleys of the Yungas to finally reach the charming small village of Chulumani, South Yungas capital and a butterfly paradise.
Along the way, we cross different ecosystems, from the stark Andean landscapes to the dense and rich tropic forest.
We will have the opportunity to see numerous hummingbirds, eagles and if we are lucky the famous jucumari (Andean bear) as well as mountain lion and gato montes (wild cat) prints.

 
YUNGA CRUZ - Trek of the Incas, from the Andes to the Yungas
 
PROGRAM
 
Dayr 1 :LA PAZ – TUTURAL PAMPA – LAMBATE (el. 3420 m.a.s.l.)

Difficulty: difficult trek between mountain and jungle. 5 to 7 daily walk. Good physical condition required.
Departure from La Paz at 8 a.m. in our private vehicle. We head towards the village of Tutural Pampa (3h30) located at an altitude of about 4000 meters in the valley separating Mururata and Illimani, two of the giants of the Cordillera. We start our hike on the slopes of Mururata towards a small laguna at 4200 meters of altitude, then, if we want, we can keep going to a second laguna at 4450 meters of altitude; depending on the physical condition of each one
Descent towards Tutural Pampa and finish on the track leading to the village of Lambate. The precipices are impressive and the atmosphere typically Andean.
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 4h; Elevation gain: +450m / -450m

 
Day 2 :LAMBATE – QUIROCOMA (el. 2540 m.a.s.l.)

We meet our team of muleteers at the start of the trek in the village of Lambate. We start the long descent where we loose 1000 meters in elevation, first through the “Chacras” (corn fields) and the different traditional cultivations, to then reach Río Chunga Mayu (el. 2250 m.a.s.l.), before climbing to the quiet and well-preserved hamlet of Quirocoma, our destination of the day. We are able to admire the impressive North-East face of Illimani, very different from the view we get from La Paz.
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: +290m / -1170m

 
Day 3 :QUIROCOMA – LAGUNA KASIRI (el. 3950 m.a.s.l.)

We start early in the morning for the difficult climb we have to accomplish that day (1400 meters of elevation gain!). The trail follows the crests before slowly entering the forest. We leave Río Kasiri below, to which we return a few hours later, just before reaching its spring. We stop in a beautiful grass field to cool ourselves in the crystal clear pools before starting the ascent of an arête where we find a portion of paved pre-Hispanic trail we follow to our camp, on the shores of Laguna Kasiri. We find ourselves in the center of a mountain circ, surrounded by the summits of Cerro Khala Ciudad, in an atmosphere of mystery.
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 8h; Elevation gain: +1410m

 
Day 4 : LAGUNA KASIRI – SOLAKA (el. 3470 m.a.s.l.)

We skirt the lake and continue along our trail to a pass (el. 4180 m.a.s.l.) from where we enjoy an amazing view of the Cordillera and the Yungas, lower valleys between the high plateau and the Amazon Basin. Shortly after, we find ourselves on a well-preserved Inca trail that we follow to the area called Solaka, where we set up camp on the edge of the forest.
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac
Hiking time: 7h; Elevation gain: +230m / -710m

 
Day 5 : SOLAKA – CERRO DURAZNUNI (el. 2610 m.a.s.l.)

After crossing the last stream (and the last water point) of the day, we finally enter the jungle and a thicker vegetation. Vines invading the trail force us to use our machetes. We may encounter on the way a few gold miners gone to try their luck in some of the yet unexplored valleys of the area.
We set up camp on a flat spot with amazing views before arriving at Cerro Duraznuni. In the evening, pay attention as it is not rare to have the visit of a jucumari (small Andean bear)
Cold lunch. All included. Bivouac.
Hiking time: 7h; Elevation gain: -860m

 

OPTION 1:

Day 6 : CERRO DURAZNUNI – CHULUMANI (el. 1740 m.a.s.l.) – LA PAZ

We travel deeper into the suffocating heat before exiting the jungle and finishing the trek to Estancia Sikilini (el.1850 m.a.s.l.) amongst coffee, coca and citrus plantations. There we meet the dirt road that leads to Chulumani, located on the other side of the valley. We are now surrounded on all sides by coca plantations.
After taking our lunch in the “Butterfly Capital”, our private vehicle takes us back to La Paz (4-hour trip).
Cold lunch (included). Dinner open. Hotel ***.
Hiking time: 4h; Elevation gain: -870m

 
OPTION 2 :
Day 6 :CERRO DURAZNUNI – CHULUMANI (el. 1740 m.a.s.l.) – ECOLOGICAL RESERVE APA-APA
We travel deeper into the suffocating heat before exiting the jungle and finishing the trek to Estancia Sikilini (el.1850 m.a.s.l.) amongst coffee, coca and citrus plantations. There we meet the dirt road that leads to Chulumani, located on the other side of the valley. We are now surrounded on all sides by coca plantations.
After taking our lunch in the “Butterfly Capital”, our vehicle takes us to the ecological reserve of Apa–Apa, located in a old growth forest
Everything included. Ecolodge Apa-Apa / swimming pool.
Hiking time: 4h; Elevation gain: -870m

 
Day 7 :APA-APA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE – LA PAZ

We leave in the morning for a 4-hour hike in the impressive old growth forest surrounding us, paradise of biodiversity. Our local naturalist guide will explain us the mysteries of this particular ecosystem
After lunch, we get back on the road to follow upriver the valley of the Unduavi River, no doubt the most beautiful of the region. Suddenly, the silhouette of a “medieval” castle appears, perched on a promontory above the river. This construction, probably the most peculiar of Bolivia, was erected by Paraguayan soldiers prisoners, during the Chaco war (1932), to satisfy the whim of the Bolivian president.
Once we pass the waterfall of “Bridal Vail”, named for the mist it generates, the valley narrows and we start our steep ascent towards the Cordillera. It is time to trade our sandals and bathing suits for warmer clothes!
Lunch included. Dinner open. Hotel ***.

 
 
Included

- Trekking guide
- Specialized naturalist guide in the Apa-Apa reserve
- Cook for groups of more than 4 people (for groups smaller than 4, the guide will be the cook)
- Collective equipment for trekking (tents, cooking gear, etc…)
- Portage of luggage (mules)
- Entrance to parks and cultural places mentioned in program.
- Private transport
- Spanish speaking driver
- 2/3-star hotels in twin room including breakfast
- Meals mentioned

 
Not included

- Individual equipment (we can provide a sleeping pad)
- Mandatory travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Tips
- Repas mentionnés « libres » (compter 3 à 8 $us par personne / repas).

 
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Important
As a safety measure, we ask that each traveler bring a copy of its passport and insurance policy (do give us upon arrival).
 
   

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