An encounter with nature
An encounter with culture
The average annual temperature is 18.4 ° C. The average monthly temperature varies between 16,6 ° C and 19.4 ° C. In winter, the monthly average minimum temperature critically low and in summer the monthly average maximum temperature is moderately higher. The cooler months are June and July. The hottest months are January and February.
The warm, humid and rainy weather can induce dormancy. Winter rains are mild and the summer rains are strong, between November and March.
Coroico`s Municipality is inside Yungas. Yungas is a mountainous region physiography located between 3,000 meters above sea level and 600 meters above sea level. The town of Coroico has deep basins and mountains of great elevation with strongly inclined slopes. Coroico has mountains, with peaks that reach 5,500 meters above sea level. Thus the altitudes reflect a region with a very irregular topography, presenting steep slopes and moderate with peaks ranging from 1,500 meters above sea level to 3,000 meters above sea level.
Coroico is the transition zone between the highlands and the Amazon. Therefore, as the altitude drops, the weather becomes warmer and the forest vegetation.
Coroico is derived from the Quechua word CoryWayco, which means golden hill. The first inhabitants of the Yungas for gold. In the days of the Inca Empire, gold was discovered in the Tipuani and Mapiri valleys. The Spaniards were crazy for gold. To enrich the Spaniards forced the local people to work for them. Yungas region became one of places more gold mining on the continent. Today, low Yungas rivers are full of miners and prospectors to mining equipment.
Currently, Coroico is a producer of coca in the Yungas, consumed in Bolivia
The town of Coroico is like a dream village in the mountains and kept a calm, ideal for travelers looking to unwind. Coroico as a nest perched on the hilltop Uchumachi.
The Uchumachi hill is 2,670 meters above the sea invites to rise, for the scenic views from the forest and orchids. From 2100 meters above sea level, the hill is protected. Much remains forest, especially in the valley of San Juan.
La Finca hotel is a base for short walks in the forest Uchumachi, without raising much. This base is on the road to Coroico to Carmen Pampa, half an hour by car from Coroico.
One of the numerous streams coming down the hill Uchumachi, is the main source of water for the entire region, which supplies the crops and the villagers.
This is why the hill Uchumachi considered as a sacred mountain. In the hilltop Uchumachi rituals to the Pachamama are done and give thanks to Uchumachi.
Climb the hill Uchumachi has no shade, so it is necessary to come up with hat for sun protection. On cloudy days you can go through the roof, inclusive, you can go above the clouds.
From Coroico you can have a view of reaching through canyons forests, cloud-capped summits, arable farmland, citrus orchards, coffee plantations and small settlements. If the sky is clear, the view extends to the snowy peaks of Mururata, Huayna Potosi and Tiquimani atop the Cordillera Real.
The biggest attraction of Coroico is its slowness, because in Coroico you have time to swim, sunbathe, swing in hammocks, walking appreciating nature for exercise lowering mountains, climbing, sailing on rivers and many activities that they attract hikers, both by way of the Choro or descent from the mountains of La Paz.
The Coroico, Cory Huayco, Black and other rivers are in Coroico.
The natural pools “The pools of Vagante” are interesting for bathing. These “Pozas del Vagante” are 40 minutes from the town of Coroico, if you go by car. The “Pozas del Vagante” are crystal clear and very very nice to swim. It is one of the places to enjoy the Coroico River. On the walk, you across the property of a farmhouse, is passed crítricos trees, coca is down, you reach the forest along the banks of the river, full of butterflies and birds. In the river you can swim and eat a snack on the tour. In an adventure trip along the river up, you get to a hidden bathroom with natural bubbles canyon. The descent of the river to Santa Barbara is more difficult. On the way down the river we pass by the strong river waterfall Black and two large natural pools (pozas). All the way down the Black river it is through the woods along the river.
In this cannon the cannoning is possible with the help of experienced people and with proper safety equipment.
Moreover, in beautiful and mysterious, Coroico river you can do rafting and / or kayaking. This Coroico River crosses the region of the Yungas region of Bolivia privileged. It can be seen in the way the lush vegetation on the banks of the river, admire the local fauna and enjoy the warm climate of the region.
Cotapata National Park and Natural Area of Integrated Management Cotapata is between Coroico and the city of La Paz. The Cotapata National Park is between 5900-1000 meters above sea level. Cotapata National Park has important archaeological sites, such as pre-Columbian road Chucura or Choro, and archaeological ruins and caves with pictographs.
While in Coroico you can take the Cotapata-Santa Barbara highway to reach Tocaña. Tocaña is an Afro-descendant community. It is an Afro-Bolivian community. It is true that the inhabitants of Tocaña, adopted elements of the Aymara culture as the skirt. But today, people are in the process of return to the African influence slowly. Today, women wear blouses wide, characteristic and striking scenery. Women no longer have two braids hanging on the sides, but dozens of braids adorned his head with colorful ornaments. Males also have a concern to know how their ancestors wore in Africa.
The culture of community Afroboliviana Tocaña is known as the cradle of music and dance Saya. Tocaña is one of the most beautiful communities in the area, the houses are scattered among orchards and plantations. It’s much more interesting to visit when there is a party and people dance, sing and play in a way that is more reminiscent of Senegal in Bolivia. However, on a normal day it is like the inhabitants. Any inhabitant is always playing the bass drum rhythm saya.
Another cultural element is expressed in marriage and burial. The people of Tocaña revalued African cultures. There is a ceremony called “Mauchi” which is a kind of prayer and song; like a lament shared with others for the loss of a loved one. A custom that has been maintained since the infamous times of slavery.
Africans arrived as slaves to the Yungas, having served in the mines of Potosi. It seems they were lucky, because mines and cold finished almost all imported Africans in Brazil.
Tocaña people working for the “House of Finance Mururata” but in the revolution of 1952 founded their own community. The community had its king Bonaficius I, who led the community and people moving. Now his brother is king Bonaficius II.
It is interesting to talk to the king Bonifacius II. The language spoken in the Bolivian community afo-Tocaña is Spanish, with idioms that blacks comprise only. Youth research and believe that his accent is an inheritance of the first men arrived from another continent to be subjected as slaves.
Any festivity in Coroico has musicians and dancers from Tocaña to play and dance. At the Tocaña Culture House, it is possible see a video about this musicians and dancers. On weekends, the Tocaña Culture House is open, but any guide could open it on the week.
In another context, Coroico has ecological animal shelter ?Senda Verde?. Senda Verde is 1100 meters above sea level. Senda Verde is 7 km from Coroico. Visiting Senda Verde will be full of forest, fresh air, clear water, and habitat of animals rescued. Senda Verde in the shelter, the animals from wildlife trafficking receive protection and care, in a natural environment, under conditions of scientific technical management.
Contact with animals and nature sounds, allow you to relax and recover energy.
Visiting Senda Verde motivates enjoy: swimming in natural pools, waterfalls, the fantastic opportunities to take exceptional photos, hiking through Inca trails and guided visits the shelter in time to learn about Bolivian wildlife and the effects of illegal animal trafficking.
On the journey of 3 days and 2 nights you start knowing Coroico, Tocaña, Senda Verde, rivers, natural pools, performing a variety of activities such as canyoning, canopy, rafting and / or kayaking and many hiking adventure. Fresh air, forests, clean rivers and a variety of Bolivian wildlife, give to Coroico a natural charm.
The cost of the tour includes:
Private transport for the round trip and expected (by plane, kayak, land vehicle)
Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Refreshments during the rides (water and fruit)
Entrance fees for visits to tourist sites mentioned
Interaction with the locals to take pictures
Depending on visitors, there is a guide in Spanish, French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese.
The cost of the trip excludes:
Change of clothes
Socks, towel, swimsuit
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Individual personal expenses