An encounter with nature
An encounter with culture
This trip to the National Park Toro Toro is to venture while relaxing. Venture because it places with long walks, descents and climbs through rocky terrain, etc. Tours that leave visitors breathless, but the tours have their rewards because the places are truly paradisiacal. On the other hand in the Park are places to rest, to appreciate breathtaking landscapes that leave visitors with his mouth open in these places it is easy to relax, and remove the stress of the cities. Torotoro National Park is ideal for people who want to relax but also venture out on their sites
In addition, the Torotoro National Park is visited for its famous dinosaur footprints, these footprints arefound in many surroundings of Torotoro, places very attractive and eye-catching, being proof of the ancient creatures that roamed this region in prehistoric times. Torotoro region also has areas with abundant fossils. A great place for lovers of paleontology.
El Toro Toro National Park is located in the north of Potosi. Its area is 166 km2. It is at an altitude of 2800 masl to 3850 masl. In 1989 he was named a National Park in the beautiful scenery, but its main attraction are the largest caves in Bolivia, in Torotoro you can watch thousands of dinosaur footprints, fossils and archaeological remains.
Toro Toro is also the name of a municipality and a town of the Department of Potosi, it is located in the north of the department. The population of Torotoro is migrant of Quechua offspring and mestizo of the high valleys. Although the Torotoro National Park is located in Potosi, the access is through Cochabamba, passing through the towns of Tarata, Huayculi, Anzaldo and Thayapaya before reaching Torotoro.
Among the most beautiful attractions that exist in Toro Toro is El Vergel, In this place it is found underground water, natural pools and waterfalls. The waterfalls have shaped carved figures in rock. The waterfalls are covered with mosses and lichens. El Vergel is also known as Waqa Senqa means Cownose in Quechua language. In these natural pools of crystalline water we can take a bath if the weather is good, but in general are warm springs, inviting to bath. Near “El Vergel” is the Grand Canyon of Torotoro, a place with a spectacular view.
Another remarkable attraction is the Huayllas hill. This site is a deposit of fossilized footprints of dinosaurs, here, we found the traces of gigantic prehistoric reptiles like the brontosaurus and others, these livings beings inhabited the place 150 million years ago. The fact for which you will find many traces of dinosaurs in this region of Toro toro is because below this area, clinked two tectonic plates, these tectonic plates made emerge from the deep layers of the ground.
We also found around Toro Toro, the Itas city, This city is a sedimentary rock mountains near of Yunguma and Ovejeria Villages. Here we have an amazing view over the valleys. This place is located approximately 3800 m.a.s.l. Along the way it crosses giant limestone formations with a shaped of tunnels. Even there is a formation that resembles a church with giant doors, hopefully you can see Andean fauna like vizcachas, foxes and condors in the region. An extraordinary place hidden in the valleys.
Another major attraction is the Cavern of Umajalanta. An adventure in the Cave of Umajalanta is unforgettable, Umajalanta is part of the eleven explored caverns within the Torotoro National Park and 35 cavers are not explored yet. You can be an explorer. Using a flashlight, appropriate clothing and shoes , rope and above all not to be afraid of the dark, you can pass all the obstacles in the Umajalanta cavern. Within Umajalanta we can see amazing stalagmites and stalactites, they are rock formations that are formed due to the constant fall of water droplets gradually these drops of water left on the ground minimal amounts of calcium and bicarbonate, and so, they increase in size every year. Also in Umajalanta, there are bats living and there is also a small underground lake. In these waters live blind fish because of the total darkness of the cave, the tour lasts 2 hours and a half. Umajalanta means where the water falls. Umajalanta is a place to have an unforgettable adventure in the bowels of the earth.
We can also see paintings in the Torotoro National Park, these paintings are called Batea Q’oca, one can see a series of pictorial representations, whose symbols have not yet been deciphered. Now they have become very popular attractions. These paintings demonstrate the presence of lytic cultures, these cultures could have been of Andean pre-Cambrian period. According to researchers, the paintings were a way of communication developed by nomadic societies. Moreover, it is very close to the paintings, the cave Chiflonqaqa. A striking cave, but generally does not have access, but it has a very beautiful entrance to the cave, visitors can even take a bath. Because the cavern has natural pools outside the Cave. This place is wonderful.
Another important place is the cemetery of Turtles, this site is proof that Torotoro is a paleontological paradise. It is a land of red earth of about seven hectares, here, thousands of sea turtle fossils were discovered, these remains date back to 500 million years ago, although there are many paleontological remains found, It does not have much information about them. Also, in the cemetery of Tortugas there is an interpretive center, in this center visitors can watch a short documentary about the Torotoro National Park and obtain more information about the park.
Also within the Toro Toro town, the House or stone museum called “Pachamama Wasi” is located. The museum is a private initiative and is owned by Don David Gonzales Illanes., Mr. Gonzales accumulated to over 25 years a collection of archaeological remains, with much creativity Don David coated walls with dinosaur motif, in this place exists a fossil collections of all kinds of creatures from insects to fish, etc. Definitely a very striking place that contributes to the tourism of Torotoro.
The proposed journey begins in the morning the first day, we depart from the Cochabamba city and arrive to Torotoro at noon. We have lunch in Torotoro town. Then, we go to the Grand Canyon and Vergel, the Grand Canyon is a breathtaking place by the beautiful landscape that has this magnificent site. Then we walk to the lush Vergel and if the weather permits we have a bath in this spring with beautiful waterfalls. Then, we head the Huayllas hill to see remarkable dinosaur footprints, as the trail of Brontosaurus, after our walk, we return to the Torotoro town to have dinner and rest.
The second day, we wake up early, have breakfast and head to the Itas city. In Itas we are at 3,800 meters above sea level, and from Itas can appreciate the magnificent landscape of the valley from that height. Also we go across rock formations with shape of tunnels. We go through the rock formation that resembles a church with large doors and columns. Then we go to the Umajalanta cavern, once in place, we check into the checkpoint of the Torotoro National Park. After that, we prepare to descend to Umajalanta, truly we feel amazed by this wonderful place. Here, we appreciate the stalagmites, try to see bats living inside. Later, we went to the cemetery of turtles, in this place there are a lot of paleontological remains that leave us surprised, also we visit the interpretive center. And finally, we return to the Torotoro town, we have dinner and overnight in the lodging.
The third day, we depart to paintings Batea Qoca These paintings are of unknown origin but it is known that these cultures used the paintings as a way of communication. Also, we also visit the outskirts of Chiflonqaqa cavern, the landscape of the mouth of the cave is magnificent, and also Chiflonqaqa has natural pools, if we have a good weather we have a bath. Then, we return to the Torotoro town and visit the stone museum “Pachamamawasi” a beautiful place is decorated with stones of the region, in this place we see an endless fossil collection. After our fabulous adventure in Torotoro, we head to the Cochabamba city in the afternoon and arrive to Cochabamba in the beginning of the evening.
The cost of the trip does not include:
Repellent against mosquito
Cap sun protection
Thick and warm clothes against the cold and wind
Extra walking shoes
Alcoholic and non-Alcoholic Beverages