This national park is difficult to describe, the most beautiful and biggest superlatives are not enough to describe what this national park is about, discover the best of mother nature, the best preserved dinosaurprints on the planet, the people, the culture, the wildlife with its endemic species, the deepest spectacular canyons in the country, it is in 1 word, indescribably spectacular and wonderful and our greatest passion!!!
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 3 day tour will take you to the highlights of the area and you will experience and learn about this lesser visited part of Bolivia. A fantastic trip for the adventurous traveler that likes to see something different to the crowds.
DAY 1 – Depart from Cochabamba and Umajalanta
After 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 the route. Once we arrive in Toro Toro we will check into our chosen hotel and then 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.
We will have evening meal and stay the night in our hotel
DAY 2 – Ciudad Itas and Dinosaur Footprints
After breakfast in our hotel we will set off in our 4×4 into the mountainous countryside until we arrive at a place called Ciudad Itas. This is at an altitude of 4000m 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 year old. This area offers us a unique viewpoint of the surrounding area and its canyons and ridges plus it is also home to the king of Andean birds the Condor which if we are lucky we will observe. Later on this day we will visit the Carrera’s pampas and here we will find many different kinds of dinosaur footprints. Our guide will show us the best preserved ones and give us information as to which dinosaur made it. There is plenty of time to ask questions and take photos. We will return to our hotel and have our evening meal there.
DAY 3 – Waterfall El Vergel and Titanosaurus Footprints
Today we will visit a natural theater and a bridge formed by nature plus also see the largest dinosaur footprints that have been found in the area made by a dinosaur called “Titanosaurus” which could grow over 36 meters long. We will then visit a viewpoint giving us breath taking views over the canyon. In this canyon lives 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 among nature. Our last visit will be to see some more footprints located near the village of Toro Toro. There are hundreds to observe and they come from a variety of different dinosaurs. We head back to Cochabamba.
INCLUDED IN TOUR
- Transportation in 4×4 vehicle
- Visit to the colonial village Tarata
- Local guides in the national park
- National Park Entrance Fees
- English/Dutch/Spanish Speaking Guide
- Helmet and headlight for Umajalanta cave
- Meals during the tour – 2 x lunch 2 x evening meal, breakfast in hotel.
- Accommodation x 2 nights in your chosen hotel (see hotel Options)
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR
- Transport to Cochabamba (tour departs from Cochabamba)
- Extra Drinks/ Water / Alcoholic Beverages
- Breakfast on first day, dinner on last day
- Sunglasses & Sun cream
- Additional snacks
This tour starts in Cochabamba and DOES NOT include the cost of transport for getting there. We can arrange buses and flights to Cochabamba. In Cochabamba you will be picked up from your hotel by our guide.
2 Days trip – This tour is also available in two days, we will also visit all main sites of Toro toro National Park but in a rush!
HOTEL – There are three different options for the hotel accommodations in this tour. Umajalanta Ecolodge, Hotel Villa Etelvina and Hotel Eden.