El Choro

From the mountains to the valley

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Tour Summary

El Choro is one of the most well-known pre-Columbian trails amongst trekking enthusiasts. This 60km long trail, famous for its diversity of landscape and climate, usually takes 3 days to complete. Over that time you will descend approximately 3600m of elevation!


This trail used to be frequented by the Incas for trading and communication.

It is possible to combine this program with summiting Huayna Potosi (6088m).

Day 1

We leave La Paz after breakfast. A 1-hour drive takes us to La Apacheta (4810m), the highest point of the trek. We will load our equipment onto donkeys and walk downhill for 5-6 hours on a well-kept trail until we reach our campsite at Challampa (2600m).

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast we start following the Koscapa river until we reach the town of El Choro (2145m). We then continue through a trail which winds through valleys and creeks until we reach San Francisco (1921m) where we will spend our second night.

Day 3

Today we will have an early start. We keep following the previous trail until we cross the Koscapa river (1715m), at which point we start to ascend through fruit and coffee plantations to the town of Sandillani (1978m). We will have lunch and explore the Japanese garden after which we will carry on to Chairo (1100m) where a car will be waiting to take us back to La Paz.

Bilingual tour guide (Spanish- English)

Private transport

Food during the expedition.

Logistics transport equipment (donkeys / mules)


Cooking utensils


Dinning tent at base camp

National park tickets.

Please take with you:

Rucksack (35Lts)

Big Rucksack or Duffel bag (To be carried by porters or mules)

All seasons sleeping bag

Trekking boots

Winter underwear

Waterproof jacket


Sunglasses with UV filter

Bottle of water (NALGENE)

Tour details:

Altittude: Max. 4800m.(15700fts) Min 1100m.(3.600fts)

Days: 3 days, 2 nights

Season: May to September

Activities: Trekking

Difficulty: Hikking

Location: Cordillera Real - Yungas valley

Guide: English Speaking

Experience: Basic/Medium

Cost: From $ 450