The Takesi Trail in Bolivia
We walked a few years ago one of the most impressive, not to mention important Inca trails in the Andes, the Takesi trail is a 40 kilometre road linking the vast Altiplano plateau with the sub-tropical Yungus.
The Takesi Trail – Bolivia
So the best and most popular treks on All Transport Trekk’s, the Takesi Trail is a fantastic 40km hike starting near La Paz that crosses the Cordillera Real and plunges down into the steamy forested valleys of the Yungas, emerging at the village of Yanacachi, west of Chulumani on the road from La Paz. Also known as the Camino del Inca (The Gold Inca Trail) the Takesi is one of the finest remaining pre-Columbian paved roads in Bolivia, and passes through an amazing variety of scenery. It’s relatively easy to make and not too strenuous, it’s ideal for less experienced trekkers and you can see a beautiful landscapes. Used by the Incas as a communication and transport link, the road is a masterstroke of pre-Colombian engineering, featuring water channels and retaining walls built to protect the road from riverine flooding. Today, Takesi remains one of the finest remaining Hispanic paved roads in the region, a testament to the fine work of the original builders. Starting in the town of Ventilla at a height of 3200 metres, the road rises to La Cumbre at 4640 metres before descending to Chojlla at 2200 metres. One of the easiest Inca treks in South America, the Takesi Trail, while still demanding, is mostly downhill, making it a great choice for the novice hiker. Following in the footsteps of the Incas, travelers today can trek across the Cordillera Real, soaking in a variety of views as they imagine what it would have been like to walk the same path thousands of years ago.
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