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Parque Nacional Torotoro

Situated on the eastern foothills of the Andes, the semi-arid landscape of Parque Nacional Torotoro consists of 300 meter deep canyons, caves, scrubby woodland, valleys and waterfalls. It’s the home of the beautiful red-fronted Macaw, which is extremely rare and endemic to this part of Bolivia, and a variety of other wildlife and flora. Torotoro is Bolivia’s smallest national park, but it’s also one of the county’s most unusual and striking protected areas. It’s situated in the north of the Potosí Department, about 140 kilometres from Cochabamba.

Hundreds of millions years ago, dinosaurs roamed the area, leaving a wealth of footprints in the mudstone rock, which make up one of the park’s main attractions. There are many other weird and wonderful rock formations, including marine fossils, and caves, of which the seven kilometer long Umajalanta is the most popular to explore. The beautiful Cañon de Torotoro and the waterfalls of El Vergel make up another major attraction in the park. Hiking to the pre-Columbian ruins at Llama Chaki is a great way to get to know the landscape and scenery of this unique national park.

The national park is centered around the small, traditional village of Torotoro. The area still has strong links to pre-colonial traditions including the fighting ritual tinku, which takes place between different ayllus (extended family groups, or clans) during town festivals. Villagers, and those living in the surrounding area, also live traditional lifestyles, growing crops which are then sold or exchanged for goods grown at higher ground.

Basic accommodation and food are available in Torotoro, but there is little else available in the village, so it’s best to come fully equipped for your stay here. If you’re driving, fill up your tank before you arrive – there is no petrol station in Torotoro.


Other places nearby Parque Nacional Torotoro: Cordillera de los Frailes, Sucre, Tarabuco, Cochabamba, Tarapaya, Potosí, Around Cochabamba and Quillacolo.

01 Mar 2010

Things to do in Parque Nacional Torotoro

Llama Chaqui Ruins

There are a number of pre-Columbian ruins in Parque Nacional Torotoro, with the most well-known being the fort of Llama Chaqui. Situated 19 kilometers from Torotoro, it’s a beautiful but exerting ...
Parque Nacional Torotoro, Around Cochabamba, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cañon de Torotoro and El Vergel

Definitely one of the most picturesque sites in the park, the Cañon de Torotoro is situated a few hours walk from the village of Torotoro. It’s part of the network of large canyons throughout ...
Parque Nacional Torotoro, Around Cochabamba, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Gruta de Umajalanta

One of the most popular attractions in the park is the Gruta de Umajalanta, a complex cave system of chambers and passageways, which is thought to be the largest in Bolivia. Almost five kilometers of ...
Parque Nacional Torotoro, Around Cochabamba, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Museo de Pachamama Wasi

The Pachamama Wasi Museum, or house of stones, displays hundreds of pre-historic rocks that have been collected from Torotoro National Park. The small museum is housed in the home of David Gonzáles, ...
Parque Nacional Torotoro, Around Cochabamba, Cochabamba, Bolivia
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