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This is a hardcore trek, you will have to battle with thik vegetation, fallen trees and pervasive insects”. Alistair P.
This trek will take you through a beautiful and remote region of Bolivia, from the Cordillera Real, through the Yungas, a transition ecosystem between the dry Andes and the humid Amazon Basin. The Mapiri trail is one of the two antique roads starting in Sorata (2.700 m). The better know “Golddiggers Trail” (Camino del Oro), leads down the Goldmining Tipuani valley to Guanay, this road is still in use, but the lower part is mostly destroyed since a car road has been constructed upon to day, the Mapiri Trail is probably the longest intact and best preserved pre-Hispanic road in Bolivia may be in South America.
The ancient road from Sorata to Mapiri was part of a pre-Columbian network of roads linking the Bolivian altiplano and high valleys with the low lands and the navigable waterways on the amazon basin, this system of roads was far more extensive than 10 days often poor “network” of crossroads, they are often called “Inca roads” but fact is that in Bolivia these roads were constructed centuries before the Incas arrived, most of them under the Tiwanaku period about 900 years A.C.
Trekking across rivers, streams, past ancient caves and ruins, the trail twists and corkscrews through the Bolivian jungle heaving with all of the country’s most fascinating wildlife.


Day 01: La Paz - Sorata (2.700m): Pick you up from your hotel and trip to Sorata Valley driving by 4WD for 4 hours. Arrival to Sorata lunch midday. Afternoon visit to San Pedro caves. Night in a hotel.

Day 02 Sorata – Yani (4.000m) – Huilapata (4.000m): Departure from  Sorata early in the morning by 4WD for 3 hours, to go over the pass of Chu Chu (4.700m) before dropping down into the valley of Yani from where we have our last views of Illampu (6.356m). We stop in the village of Ingenio for lunch before we start the trek down the valley.  Then we need to climb for some hours before set up the tent. Trekking 4 hours.

Day 03: Huilapata – Tolapampa (3.800m): Today we will walk most of the day on a ridge, with views of the snowy capped peaks of the Cordillera Real on our right and on our left the Yungas drops down into the Bolivian Amazon. Trekking 7 hours.

Day 04: Tolapampa – Koka Punku (3.500m): After breakfast we will be able to see the trail a long way ahead of us. Later we start to head north to get closer to the forest. The area below us can look like a huge lake.  Trekking 7 hours.

Day 05: Koka Punku – Alto Palmar (2.700m: We will really start to get into the cloud forest. It’s wet and dense and tough going. Crawling under logs in the mud the trail is still easy to find as there’s only two ways to go.  This forest here is very still untouched area. Trekking 8 hours.

Day 06: Alto Palmar – Pararani (1.900m): Today we continue our way through the jungle, crawling over logs in the mud.  We don’t see anybody in this part of the world. If we are lucky we might see a bear or some birds, but with such thick vegetation this can be difficult. Trekking 8 hours.

Day 07: Pararani – San Josè (1.200m): We should be able to see a river on our left as we walk high on the ridge. Finding water in this area is difficult so we will need to carry at least 2 liters each, especially since we will start to feel the heat of the lower Amazon. Trekking 7 hours.

Day 08: San Josè – Mapiri (760m): We will drop fast into the last valley which takes us to the gold town of Mapiri - life has an easy pace here. In the evening the miner’s come to sell their gold from their days labour. Trekking 6 hours.

Day 09: Mapiri – La Paz city (3.650m): After breakfast and visiting the Mapiri town we return to La Paz city and arrival to your hotel and end of our services.

The Organized Service Includes

  • Exclusive round trip transport.
  • Professional English speaking guide during the whole trekking.
  • Night hotel accommodation in Sorata.
  • Local accommodation in Mapiri.
  • Full board pension during the trek. (Lunch, dinner and breakfast).
  • Camping equipment (bi-personal tents).
  • Dining and kitchen tent, tables and chairs.
  • Cook/ cooking equipment.
  • Porters or Mules & Llamas to carry most of the equipment.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Comunications by handies and mobile phone during the trek.
  • General Assistance.
Not included:
  • Personal camping equipment: sleeping bag, headlamp, mattres and clothing. (All the equipment we have for hire).
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Any expense due to a rescue operation.
  • Tips.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the expedition or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone or mail.

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Season: April – October
Contact: info@highexpeditionsbolivia.com
Phone: 591-2-2461902
Movil.: 591-79530949 / 73030569