Day 1: La Paz - Puente Takesi. Departure towards the Illimani peak, passing the Valle de las Animas, the Palca Canyon, and other attractive rural landscape and small villages close to La Paz City. The drive last around 2.5 hrs until Ventanilla (3,600 m), and later to the San Francisco Mine (4,200 m). The trek will start at the mine. After 2 hours, through the pre-Inca trail you will arrive to the Apacheta High Pass (4,700 m) and have spectacular views of the Mururata Peak and distant cloud forests of lowland valleys. The trail pass through abandoned mines and high-Andean lagoons such as the Luru Kheri (4,405 m) and Wara Warani (4,090 m). Arrival to the picturesque Takesi village at 3,780 m. The trail continues downhill until a bridge over the Takesi River (3,580 m), where we will camp. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Puente Takesi - Choklla Mine. We continue the towards the Bolivian yungas or cloud forests following the Takesi River, the trail contours the Cerro Quimsa Chata, where the pre-Columbian stone path disappears. There are small villages along the trail such as Kakapi (2,880 m), an old estancia used to control the valley during the colony. In clear days, you might see the Mururata snow peak contrasting with the green yungas. Arrival to Choklla, where the pre-Columbian trail reappears. Not far is the Choklla Mine (2,270 m), where wolfram and tin are still exploited. We pass this mining area and head to our next campsite. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Choklla Mine - Yanacachi - La Paz. More views of the Takesi River and warm and wet valleys, fully covered by cloud forests. Arrival to Yanacachi (2,080 m), one of the oldest towns in Bolivia, another important coca-leave trading and agricultural location during colonial times. This town has the oldest existing catholic church built in the yungas. Back to La Paz. Includes: (B), (L).
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