Tour Overview

The Takesi trail links the desert Altiplano and the Yungas, the lush subtropical valleys covered with thick cloud forest, sitting between the high Andes and the infinite green carpet of the Amazon Basin. The trail, starting close to La Paz, follows sections of pre-Columbian paved roads, and finishes more than 3,000m (9,000ft) lower. You cross part of the Altiplano, hike along green canyons, cross rivers and visit abandoned mines...all an adventure.


  • A spectacular descent of over 3,000 m (9,840 ft), from mountain ranges to the dense subtropical vegetation.
  • Pre - Hispanic paving and a spectacular but savage descent.
  • Incredible variety of landforms and vegetation across the various altitude zones.
  • Suitable for:

  • Average fitness.
  • Acclimatized and determined people.
  • Beginners to experienced climbers.

    Land costs include:

  • Transportation. Bolivian Journeys has a private driver to provide in country transport, thus ensuring our safety and facilitating an independent schedule that does not depend on public transportation.
  • Food. We eat high quality meals using fresh local ingredients.
  • All group climbing gear.
  • Mules.
  • Professional mountain guide.
  • Land costs do not include:

  • Meals except while climbing.
  • Park fee .
  • Gratuities to guides and staff.
  • Insurance.
  • Rescue or medical expenses that may occur during the trip.
  • Day 1

    Drive from La Paz to San Francisco mine, where the trek starts going up to a summit 4,650 m (15,246 ft). Then, almost all is downhill following the canyon. We pass across the village of Takesi and camp one hour down along the banks of the Takesi River at 3,400 m (11,152 ft).
  • Day 2

    The trek goes down along a well preserved pre-Inca trail, passing the village of Kakapi 2,600 m (8,528 ft), where the vegetation is already subtropical, with banana, papaya and also coca leaves. It continues going down, then up and down again until the bottom of the Chojlla mine, where the camp is set 2,400 m (7,872 ft).
  • Day 3

    Trek from Chojlla to Yanacachi, then descending the canyon of the Takesi river, crossing the village of Mocori, with great coca, coffee and citric plantations. Transportation to La Paz.


  • 2 lightweight, long sleeve polypropylene shirts
  • 1 medium weight fleece shirt or wool sweater
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 expedition down parka with hood
  • 1 outer shell jacket with hood
  • Bottoms

  • 1 pair long underwear bottoms
  • 1 pair wind pants
  • 1 pair synthetic trekking or around camp pants
  • Footwear

  • 1 pairs wool socks
  • 1 pair light weight trekking
  • Boots

  • 1 pair trekking boots
  • 1 pair sandals for hanging around in camp
  • Hand wear

  • 1 pair fleece mittens
  • 1 pair overmitts
  • Head gear

  • 1 wool hat
  • 1 pair glacier glasses
  • 1 sunhat
  • Sleeping gear

  • 1 down or synthetic sleeping bag (rated to 15 F) *
  • 1 full length closed cell foam pad
  • Pack

  • 1 daypack for approach hike and possible use on summit day and carry-on bag
  • 1 large (7,500+ cu.in.) duffle bag for gear, include small padlock
  • Misc

  • 1 first-aid kit
  • 1 headlamp, include extra batteries *
  • 1 one quart water bottle
  • Lip balm (spf 30) and sun screen (spf 40)
  • Pocket knife
  • Adjustable ski poles (highly recommended)*

( * ) Items can be rented from Bolivian Journeys

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Tour details:

Days: 3 days

Difficulty: Easy

Location: Cordillera Real