Yunga Cruz

Tour Overview

Yunga Cruz trail the roughest and most impressive of the precolonial trail used by the Tiwanacu and Inca cultures and also the least frequented one. The Yunga Cruz 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 most exciting but hardest of the three so-called Inca Trails.
  • Fewer people, less litter and more wildlife.
  • Great views of Illimani's east face.
  • 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

    After breakfast you will ride in direction to Chuñavi, 5 hours from La Paz, where the porters and the animals will be waiting, later after 3 hours you arrive to the campsite next to a stream of water nearby the Khala Ciudad mountain.
  • Day 2

    Today you will leave in direction to Cuchilltauca mountain, which is about 2 hours from the campsite. Later after 3 hours you will reach Yunga Cruz mountain to set camp.
  • Day 3

    Start descending towards Yungas, after three stream crossings, the vegetation gets thicker. Two hours later and with the help of a machete you will reach a clearing and from there will head to the road to Sikilini (in 3 hours). In additional 2 hours you will reach Village of Chulumani. Stay overnight at a Hotel or head back 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+ 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