Overnight: Coroico

The small town of Coroico is located in the subtropical area north of La Paz, which is classed as a cloud forest due to its location. There are two roads – a new paved one or the old one built over 60 years ago. The old road is narrow and is quite an adventure with dramatic scenery and breath-taking hairpin bends. The area is surrounded by coffee, banana, citrus fruit and coca fields. The 3-hour journey down from the highland plain to the Yungas covers the region’s different ecosystems and climates. You will be captivated by panoramic views of singular beauty as you reach 4,700 m, before descending to 1,150 m to the village of Yolosa in just one hour. The road winds up to Coroico where you visit coffee, coca and citrus fruit plantations. In the village of Coroico you will be able to visit the market, see people going about their daily life and look out at the stunning views from a lookout point. Have lunch and enjoy the subtropical surroundings or take a dip in a hotel swimming pool. After breakfast the next day go to the Cotapata National Park which is a butterfly and orchid reserve and visit the Senda Verde Wildlife Refuge to see animals living and learning to be reinserted back into their natural habitat. After lunch return to La Paz.

NB.- We can include a visit to the Afro-Bolivian communities. The Afro-Bolivians came to Bolivia as slaves during colonial times and now live in small communities scattered around the region. They grow coca and coffee. This will require adding another day to the programme.