Beyond Coroico

Most roads in the Yungas are usually still passable even in the rainy season, but they are more hazardous and journey times can be much longer.

Coroico to Chulumani

There is no direct bus service between the two main centres of the Nor and Sud Yungas, respectively. You can take a bus from Coroico to La Paz and get off at Unduavi, almost at La Cumbre, and then wait for the next bus from La Paz to Chulumani - hoping it will have room. Alternatively, it is possible to travel from Coroico to Chulumani via the mining town of Coripata (population 12,400, basic alojamientos). Taxis from Coroico to Coripata charge about US$20, negotiable, and there may be buses passing through from La Paz, enquire locally. This has also been recommended as a cycling route. From Coripata there are a couple of buses daily to La Paz via Puente Villa, where you can change to a bus from La Paz to Chulumani.


From the junction at Puente Yolosita below Coroico, the paved road continues down alongside the river, 11 km to Santa Barbara. Here it turns to gravel and 64 km later reaches Caranavi. This spread-out and dusty supply centre has few special attractions but all services, and it is convenient for transport connections between the highlands and jungle. If staying overnight to wait for a bus, the plaza is pleasant enough for a stroll and there are good views from the bridge over the river. The people are mostly migrants from the highlands, and the town is friendly.


Some 70 km northwest of Caranavi is the gold-mining town of Guanay, at the junction of the Tipuani and Mapiri rivers. Guanay is neither particularly friendly nor well supplied, but it has a decent place to stay and it is strategically located for road travel up to Sorata and river travel down to Rurrenabaque.

When water levels allow, the Río Mapiri is navigable by motorized canoe upriver as far as Mapiri and downriver to Rurrenabaque and beyond. With increased road travel however, there is no longer any regular public transport anywhere along the river. You can either hire your own boat, which is expensive; take a tour, which start either in La Paz or Sorata; or try to hitch a boat ride, which is not easy. For details see Transport, page .

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