Located only two hours from La Paz, Coroico Bolivia is a pleasant low altitude escape from the harsher climate and travel in Bolivia. So you do not have to worry about altitude sickness and several hotels have pools that you can enjoy. Even though it is located along the Death Road trail, traveling to this city is safe because of the construction of a new highway that was built in 2006. To get there all you have to do is take a bus, taxi, or a rent a car from La Paz. With spectacular views, warm weather, nice breeze, and great hotels that are resort-style for all budgets, the city is the most visited tourist site in Yungas.
It is perched eyrie-like on the shoulder of Cerro Uchumachi, the town has a far-ranging view across the cloud-wreathed mountain peaks, forested canyons, citrus orchards, patchwork agricultural lands, dozens of small settlements and coffee plantations. When the weather is clear, the view of Coroico stretches to the summits of Tiquimani, Mururate, and Huayna Potosi that are covered with snow, high in the Cordillera Real. This town’s name is derived from the Quechua word, “coryguayco” which means “golden hill”. The biggest attraction of this town is its slow pace, which enables lots of time for sunbathing, swimming, and hammock swinging. The hill around this town are much more for strolling than trekking, so it is appealing to the stiff-legged hikers of Choro trail those who are nursing damaged bottoms after their wild mountain bike descent from the city of La Paz. Coroico is relatively warm all throughout the year, but the summer storms can bring some mighty downpours.
Due to its ridge-top position, fog is very common, especially in the afternoon when it arises from the deep valley, swirling over the rooftops and through the streets. The festivals in this town are in October, and Saturdays and Sundays are the market days. On Mondays, much of the town is closing down, with most restaurants and stores reopening on Tuesday morning. There are several cool things to do such as, visiting the animal refuge or biking and hiking the mountains, who later end their trips in the village of Yolosa, which is located around 7 kilometers from Coroico along the World’s Most Dangerous Road. Other than lounging poolside and sipping a cold one, the main tourist activities are the one to three-day excursions to the pristine area around the town. You may want to spend one day of swimming in fresh water rivers, visiting fruit, banana, cocoa, or coffee farms, hiking, mountain biking, or some other adventure of your preference. There are also rumors of gold being found there, so you may want to try out your panning skills!
As this town is located in a valley midway up the Uchumachi Mountain, the weather in Coroico is temperate all over the year. There are quite a lots of mosquitos but there are no malaria or dengue risks in the area. Most of the time, the road by night get’s foggy and cloudy or it may be snowing, that’s why we recommended that you end a trip before sunset.