Skip to main content

Choro Trek

Overview

Immerse yourself into the incredible scenery and varied vegetation, climate and wildlife as you hike the trail between La Cumbre and Coroico on the Choro Trek, one of Bolivia’s premier treks. Traversing the Cordillera Real and Cotopata National Park, this trek takes you from beautiful Andean landscapes to the lush Bolivian Amazon. An unmissable trek that unveils breath-taking scenery and leads you through charming and picturesque villages. 

Trip Code: BOTSCTR

Location: La Cumbre, Challapampa, San Francisco, Sandillani, Chairo - Bolivia

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Leaving La Paz, we travel by private transport, ascending up to La Cumbre (1 hour), the starting point of El Choro trek and the highest point on the La Paz-Coroico Highway at 4,725m.

The Choro trek is along mainly paved stone trails that date back to pre-Inca times and that were used to transport food and other goods from the lower subtropical Yungas region to the larger towns and cities in the mountains.

The trek begins in La Cumbre, high up in the snow-capped mountains, and from there climbs up to the summit of Chucura (1 hour - 4,850 m/15,900 ft). There is then a downhill decent along a well-preserved pre-Inca trail, through an impressive valley setting of the Cordillera Real, surrounded by coca leaf plantations and waterfalls as we head towards the more humid Yungas region. After passing through the Indian village of Chucura (3,600 m - 3 hours) we reach the village of Challapampa where the first camp will be set up (2,800 m/9,184 ft. - 2 hours). The vegetation here is green as we are now in amongst the rainforest.

Lunch and dinner are included, and we overnight in tents.

La Paz - Challapampa

Today’s undulating trek takes us from Challapampa to Sandillani, with stunning views of the Yungas cloud forest area. The day starts along a steep trail through the jungle and brings us to Choro (2,300 m/7,545 ft. - 3 hours). As the day progresses, the vegetation becomes denser and the climate becomes more tropical. We cross the Chairo River, where you can take a cold but refreshing swim. The trail then traverses many hillsides, crossing Pabellonani (2 hours) before reaching the small village of Sandillani (2,100 m/6,890 ft. - 1 hour) where we camp up for the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included and we overnight in tents.

Challapampa - Sandillani

This morning the trek begins with a descent along a winding path to El Chairo (1,300 m/4,264 ft. - 3 hours), a village on the shores of the Huarinilla River, surrounded by tropical agriculture. The trek ends at the Rio Selva Resort (1,050 m/3,443 ft. - 1 hour). From here the road continues to Yolosa and Coroico where we overnight in a hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included today.

Sandillani - Chairo - Coroico

This morning is free to relax and enjoy the resort facilities. In the afternoon we return to La Paz by private transport (2 hours).

La Paz has a spectacular setting in a deep bowl surrounded by snow-capped mountains of the Altiplano. It lies in the shadow of the towering 6,438m high Mt. Illimani, always snow-covered and visible from many parts of the city. The city (from the main square) is 3,636 metres above sea level but the neighbouring city of El Alto where La Paz International Airport is located lies at over 4,000 metres. Some of the highlights of La Paz itself include Plaza Murillo, San Francisco Church and the ’’Witches Market’’ where vendors sell dried llama foetuses and frogs, dried llama dung, herbs, remedies and other ingredients used in Aymara traditions and rituals.

Coroico - La Paz

La Paz has a spectacular setting in a deep bowl surrounded by snow-capped mountains of the Altiplano. It lies in the shadow of the towering 6,438m high Mt. Illimani, always snow-covered and visible from many parts of the city. The city (from the main square) is 3,636 metres above sea level but the neighbouring city of El Alto where La Paz International Airport is located lies at over 4,000 metres. Some of the highlights of La Paz itself include Plaza Murillo, San Francisco Church and the ’’Witches Market’’ where vendors sell dried llama foetuses and frogs, dried llama dung, herbs, remedies and other ingredients used in Aymara traditions and rituals.

La Paz
DOWNLOAD ITINERARY PDF

WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Personalise your itinerary
  • Access to great flight deals
  • Choose your accomodation
  • Tailored travel insurance options
  • Choose your preferred dates
  • Cater to your travel needs

Pricing & date

Travel Style Departing Duration PRICE FROM
Enquire Now

Important Information

  • Transportation (Round Trip)
    Professional tour guide (English speaking guide)
    Full meals breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Two person tents, foam mattress

    Not included:
    Personal equipment
    Sleeping bag (at request $5 per night)
    Walking poles

  • 4 (average fitness required).
  • Available Upon Request

  • Extra porter: US$ 90

  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.