This region is found almost three hours from La Paz. It is considered
a transition zone since it appears at the descent of the highlands,
more specifically in the peaks of the Royal Mountain Range, and
it begins the lowlands or Bolivian Amazon. The transition in flora
and fauna is a result of this, as well as the rise in temperature
as the valley descends, submerging itself in the characteristically
humid tropical land. The landscape is a combination of green hillsides,
precipices, rivers, cascades, and moderate vegetation.
The valley is divided into two parts, the northern zone (North
Yungas) and the southern zone (South Yungas). The North Yungas
is about a 3-hour trip from La Paz, passing by Coroico and Caranavi,
arriving to the exuberant landmarks of Rurrenabaque and Santa
Rosa, on the edge of the Ichilo River, enormously rich in fauna.
This valley boasts a semitropical climate, plenty of vegetation,
and beautiful panorama. Uchumani is also located here. The valley
offers hostels, restaurants, accommodations, hotels, etc. One
can practice kayaking in the Coroico River and it is possible
to navigate in inflatable rafts. From Coroico you begin your descent
to the warmer region of the district where you will find populations
at 700 m (2296 ft) above sea level, like San Pedro and Puerto
Leon, others at 600 m (1968 ft) like Caranavi, Alcoche, Puerto
and Puerto Linares which is located at 400 m (1312 ft). Because
of its distance from La Paz, the South Yungas and Chulumani make
up one of the more interesting regions for those looking to find
harmony with their surrounding nature and rustic appearance, something
that is impossible to find among the cement and lights of the
metropolis of La Paz. The route passing the towns of South Yungas
is attractive for those seeking to enjoy excursions, strolls,
swimming, or camping. The main populations in this area are Yanacachi
In the north of the La Paz district, approximately 3 hours
from the city of La Paz, neighboring the Beni district and
inserted into the Amazon plains of Bolivia.
When to go
The main attraction of this region is the landscape and
touring on mountain bike or trekking.
How to get there
Transportation leaves from La Paz towards the main cities or
provinces of the region.
Wildlife observation, ecotourism, hiking, trekking.
Accommodations, food, and transportation.
Caranavi, Rurrenabaque, Santa Rosa.