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Colleen O'Neill Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:17 TWEET COMMENTS 16

10 Trails That Should Be on Every Bucket List - Page 6

6. El Choro Trail
La Cumbre, Bolivia

Photo by ianz

The 31-mile El Choro Trek runs through el Parque Nacional Cotapata from La Cumbre to Chairo through an amazing range of landscapes from high altitude moonscape down to the cloud forest. It starts at La Cumbre (15,501 feet), the highest point on the La Paz-Coroico highway, and climbs to nearly 16,000 feet before descending 10,662 feet into the humid Yungas and the village of Chairo. Along the route (which is in the best condition during the April to September dry season), there are expansive views, old Inca ruins and a rapid change in climate, vegetation and wildlife as you leave the alpine zone and plunge into the forest. Be prepared for cold and snow for the first few miles and sweatier climes later on. The trail is made mostly of Inca paving, which can get pretty slippery, so don’t forget your trekking poles, as well as some Advil for those sore quads.

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