TAKESI TREKKING - Price per person: 200 USD
This is one of the most impressive and popular downhill walks in the Andes amongst travelers and locals. It’s one of Bolivia’s best kept secrets. The Takesi Trail is a fantastic 40km hike starting near La Paz that crosses the Cordillera Real and plunges down into the steamy forested valleys of the Yungas, emerging at the village of Yanacachi, and west of Chulumani on the road from La Paz. Also known as the Camino del Inca (the Inca Trail) the Takesi is one of the finest remaining pre-Columbian paved roads in Bolivia, and passes through an amazing variety of scenery. Relatively easy to follow and not too strenuous, it’s ideal for less experienced trekkers and can be done without a guide.
This trail links the barren altiplano with the subtropical Yungas, and gives you the rare opportunity to witness such extremes in amazing landscapes. There are spectacular views of the Mururata Peak and you will pass abandoned mines, cascading rivers, exquisites lagoons and quaint villages. This is one of the best preserved pre Inca trails and almost half of the trail consist of extraordinary stonework / paving making this trip incredibly accessible without taking away from the adventurous river crossings and campings in the great outdoors. Your trip will end in of Bolivia’s oldest town, Yanacachi.
Program 3 days – 2 nights
Puente Takesi – Chojlla Mine
This day you will descend to the Bolivian Yungas following the Takesi River, the trail borders the Quimsa Chata hill, where the pre- Columbian trail disappears. There are small villages along the trail such as Kakapi at 2880m, an old estancia used to control the valley during the colony. Nowadays, you might see the Mururata snow peak contrasting with the green yungas forests.
Arrival to Chojlla, where the pre Columbian trail reappears, and not far is the Chojlla Mine at 2270m, where wolfram and tin are still extracted. We pass the mining ares and head to the campsite. Dinner and overnight there.
Chojlla Mine – Yanacachi – La Paz
More views of the Takesi River and valleys all fully covered by continuous cloud forests, weather is warmer. Arrival to Yanacachi at 2080m, one of the oldest town in Bolivia. This was important during colonial times to trade coca leaves and subtropical crops. This town has the oldest existing Catholic Church built in the Yungas. After a rest we will back to La Paz. .
- Transport round trip
- Tour Guide (Spanish English)
- 2 Breakfast, 3 Lunches y 2 Dinners
- Water and Snacks
- Sleeping Bag (we can organize one for you)
- Personal first aid kit
- Warm clothes and insurance.