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El Choro Trekk and Downhill the Worlds most dangerous road

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We traveled from La Paz to Coroico twice: once via the nice 3 days walk Choro Trek and the other one cycling the Death Road.

I shall not start this chapter without saying how much I love Bolivia and how much I miss my kids back in Santa Cruz. We have even been in touch via telephone... their voices asking "teacher when are you coming nack?" break my heart and makes me feel how special this experience is being for me and that I shall not ignore the feelings and come back whenever my heart asks for it.

I also have to say that staying in High Altitude was a good remedy and all the new landscapes in La Paz made me fall in love with the country again. This time it was different: after all climbs and treks in "las alturas", we decided to rent camping equipment and make our way to Coroico trough El Choro Trek. We took a ride up to La Cumbre (4,855 m) and walked down 3,600 meters in 3 days through this pre colombian path only inhabited by small communities wo hardly speak Spanish as Aymara is their language to communicate.
The walk was lovely: it was amazing to see how the landscape was changing: we walked so many hours...specially the second day when we walked 10 hours downhill, and made it to the camping area just before it was getting pitch dark. It was tiring but worth it! The last day was an easy 4 hours walk down and we decided to hitch hike the last 8 km till Yolosita where we took a shared cab to Coroico...Coroico is a lovely small town...but we only had time to have lunch and take a shared taxi back into la Paz....the next day we where cycling the Death Road, this time to stay in Coroico and chill for a few days...

The taxi back to La Paz was desperating: we paid extra for the taxi just because we wanted to have time to return the equipment and buy the bike tour with the agency: instead, we took longer that expected...we even got passed by the normal bus on our way back...the bus that we refused to take because it might be too slow! Incredible. Finaly back in La az we had to run take a taxi: again, stuck in a traffic jam, Henrik had to run off towards the shop where we rented the equipment from, and got there just few minutes before they were closing!

The next day we were off to Coroico again: we jumped on the bikes and cycled down what it used to be the world´s most dangerous road; it is not that scary anymore since it´s closed to normal cars. There is a new road and this old one is only used for cycling and occasional flat tracks that you might encounter on the way...
It was a great experience: we really enjoyed it! 4 hours downhill and at the end there was a nice hotel waiting for us with lunch buffet and swimming pool. Wicked!

After nearly a week of full on activities we Just wanted to chill out for a few days and Coroico tured out to be the perfect place for it. We stayed in this Nice hostel with swimmingpool and all for three days, not doing anything but relaxing by the pool, eating great food and strolling on the Nice cobbled streets of Coroico.

Laura posing up at the begining of the Choro trekk starting at 4800 meters altitude and going down to 1300

Laura posing up at the begining of the Choro trekk starting at 4800 meters altitude and going down to 1300

Henrik had to take the big load on the hike...at least he got a good workout

Henrik had to take the big load on the hike...at least he got a good workout

Lunchstop in begining of Choro trekk...already here the vegitation started to change

Lunchstop in begining of Choro trekk...already here the vegitation started to change

Laura entering a staring competiton with a llama along the way

Laura entering a staring competiton with a llama along the way

View along the Choro trekk

View along the Choro trekk

Hanging bridge along the way

Hanging bridge along the way

Further down the vegitation chaged a lot to more tropical

Further down the vegitation chaged a lot to more tropical

Imagen 798

Imagen 798

Steep and windy on Death Road

Steep and windy on Death Road

Taking it slow in the curves..its called death road for a reason

Taking it slow in the curves..its called death road for a reason

You had to cycle through a small waterfall too

You had to cycle through a small waterfall too

Well over 100 meters vertical drop

Well over 100 meters vertical drop

Posted by hmontonen 16:43 Archived in Bolivia

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