This is a shorter version of the tour to the wonderful Toro Toro national park, ideal for those who are short on time and do not want to miss out. Surrounded by incredible scenery you will explore caves, waterfalls and see the amazing dinosaur footprints. Toro Toro is famed for its well-preserved dinosaur footprints but the region also offers a lot of other attractions that will be of interest to the visitor. This 2-day-tour will take you to the highlights of the area and you will experience and learn about this lesser visited part of Bolivia (to see more footprints you would need to take the 3-day tour though). A fantastic trip for the adventurous traveller that likes to see something different to the crowds.
DAY 1 – Depart from Cochabamba – Toro Toro – Canyon – El Vergel WaterfallAfter meeting up with your guide in the morning we will leave early from Cochabamba in our private 4×4 vehicle. Our journey will wind through a series of changing landscapes and you will witness the diversity of Bolivia as the scenery passes by your window. There will be chances to stop and take photos along route. Once we arrive in Toro Toro we will check into our hotel, have lunch and then leave to reach a viewpoint that will give us breathtaking views over the deep Toro Toro canyon. In this canyon live families of the endangered red head macaw and it is sometimes possible to see them. From here we descend a stairway to the bottom of the canyon and the surrounding vegetation will become more lush as we arrive to a waterfall call El Vergel. There is time to bath in the clear waters of the fall and relax amongst nature. In the evening we return to Toro Toro village to have dinner.
DAY 2 – Umajalanta Cave – Ciudad de ItasAfter breakfast in our hotel we will pay a visit to Umajalanta – the deepest cave in Bolivia. To get there we will embark on a pleasant hike and along the way we will see the first dinosaur footprints of our tour. Much of this cave remains unexplored (only some 7 km have been explored so far) and we will be entering with our torch and helmet into just a small percentage of this colossal formation. Inside we can see stalactites and stalagmites plus see blind fishes that live inside.Later we will set off on our 4×4 vehicle into the mountainous countryside until we arrive at a place called Ciudad de Itas. This is at an altitude of 4000 m and we will see some interesting rock formations that have been created by water erosion over thousands of years. We will also see some rock paintings that are said to be over 2000 years old. This area offers us a unique viewpoint of the surrounding area and its canyons and ridges plus it is also home to king of Andean birds, the condor, which if we are lucky we will see. We will then start making our way back to Cochabamba stopping for a traditional lunch along the way.
Accommodation/bus station or airport pickup (if arriving in the morning)Transportation in 4×4 vehicle National Park entrance feesEnglish-speaking guide for the whole tourLocal guide in the National ParkHelmet and headlight for Umajalanta caveMeals during the tour (2 x lunch, 1 x evening meal, breakfast in hotel)1 night accommodation in hotel El Vergel
Transport to Cochabamba (tour departs from Cochabamba)Extra drinks, water and alcoholic beveragesBreakfast on first day, dinner on last daySunglasses and sun cream Additional snacks