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Torotoro National Park

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Toro Toro National Park is a small national park in the Potosí (Department) of Bolivia, situated among the eastern mountain ranges of the South American Andes cordilleras. It is accessible from the city of Cochabamba.

Understand

Torotoro National Park is situated in the Northern Potosí department, 140 km south of Cochabamba and only accessible by gravel roads and riverbeds, which takes seven hours in the dry season and much longer in the rainy season when sometimes the route becomes completely impassable.

The park is one of the major attractions for visitors to Cochabamba, and is most famous for its remnants of dinosaurs.

Landscape

Torotoro National Park covers 165 km² and is located at 18° 7' S and 65° 46' W in a semi-arid landscape at altitudes between 2000 and 3500 m above sea level, with canyons as deep as 300 meters. The park features caves, Paleozoic and Cretaceous calcitic deposits with fossils, and panoramic landscapes eroded by glaciers, wind and waters.

Flora and fauna

The Torotoro National Park offers scrubby woodland with wildlife like flocks of parakeets and the red-fronted macaw.

Climate

Sub-Andean climate has a cold winter from June to August, and a rainy season from December to March.

Get in

By 4x4

Toro Toro is at least 4 hours away from the capital city of Cochabamba when the roads are in good condition. Be forewarned that during the rainy season especially around February, the road to Toro Toro can become completely impassible. A trip by 4x4 to the park often comes with any arranged tour package.

By Bus

Buses leave Cochabamba from the corner of Avenida 6 de Agosto and República, and cost 20 Bolivianos (2010). They are scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 18:30, Thursdays and Sundays at 05:45, and leave when full. Best to arrive on time. The trip takes at least six hours.

By Plane

It is possible to charter a small airplane to take up to 5 passengers from Cochabamba airport to Toro Toro. Prices range around $140 US, and the flight takes about half an hour. Call (4)4227042 or (4)4246289 for details.

Fees/Permits

Get around

There are multiple options for tour operators in Torotoro that can be booked in the town or from an agency in Cochabamaba.

See

Among the main features of the park are:

  • Cueva Humajalanta, for miles northwest of the town of Torotoro, 4,600 m long and 164 m deep, one of the longest and deepest caves in Bolivia, with stalactites and stalagmites, blind fish and waterfalls.
  • Dinosaur bone fragments and more than 2,500 dinosaur footprints, of biped and quadruped dinosaurs, theropods and sauropods from the cretaceous period 120 million years ago.
  • The Vergel or Waca Senq'a Canyon with waterfalls and pools and lush tropical vegetation.
  • Llama Chaqui, an archaeological site southeast of the town of Torotoro with remnants of the Quechua culture.

Do

Only 2 days are needed to visit the major attractions, even if the tourist companies say more.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Tour companies will often arrange lodging as part of a travel package, but if you arrive by bus it is possible to find lodging and camping within the town itself. The town recently gained telephone access, a mark of its development.

Lodging

Camping

Backcountry

Stay safe

Get out

If you can get into Toro Toro, chances are you can get out again. Your tour company wouldn't risk stranding its vehicles within the national park.



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