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
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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The most bizarre big city I have ever been to must be La Paz in Bolivia. When leaving Cuzco a few years ago whe had an awesome flight to La Paz in Bolivia. While flying above the Andes you cannot believe all the beauty you see from this height. And the most spectacular is perhaps not the beautiful stewardesses but the landing in La Paz at about 4000 m above sea level. La Paz was established by the Spanish in 1548 in a high valley in the Andes. The city is surrounded by snowy peaks, and its houses cover the mountain slopes. The city’s population is about 1.000.000. La Paz is the biggest city in Bolivia, and is the administrative capital of the country. All the main governmental institutes of Bolivia are located here. A common mistake is to think that La Paz is the capital city of Bolivia. It is not – Sucre is the official capital. The city of La Paz is located over 3600 meters above sea level, which makes it the highest big city in the world. The visit to La Paz requires acclimatization to new altitudes due to the thin air in this height. If you are still not used to heights, then you should spend the first few days in La Paz resting and acclimatizing.

The capital La Paz - Bolivia - Southern America.
The capital La Paz – Bolivia – Southern America.

The witch market

At first, La Paz may seems likes a modern city, but after a short walk through the narrow streets this impression vanishes. Different stands full of every item that a witch might need fill La Paz’s little witch market. In case you are looking for dried llama’s embryos, armadillo’s bodies or frog powder, then you reached the right place. What are those things used for? The llama’s embryos are thrown into the foundations of every new house (99% of the houses!) in order to protect the house and those who lives in it. Burnt llama’s embryos on a plate, together with herbs and sweets brings luck to business. Frog powder bring money and dry frog with a cigarette in its mouth brings even more. Play the video made of the flight from Cusco to La paz :

The Death Road to Coroico

The distance between Coroico and La Paz is only 70km, but the road to Coroico starts on a summit near La Paz, 4633 meters above sea level, and heads down to 1700 meters above sea level, A 3300 meters descent. Not only that the road is extremely steep, but it is also narrow, muddy, and has steep drops of over 1000 meters instead of margins. A recipe for disaster! And disasters indeed occurre – and that is why the road got its name – the Death Road. The Death Road got its name after 8 Israeli travelers were killed in a jeep accident on that road in December 1999. The sceneries on the way, however, are breathtaking, and the adrenalin is pumping. In the future, a paved road is planned to replace the Death Road. At the end of the Takesi trail we had to take that road to get back to La paz. Play the video while driving on the road in august 2004 at the end of the Takesi trail and heading to La Paz :

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