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The tiny hamlet of Yanacachi sits in the south Yungas, about 80 kilometers northeast of La Paz. Surrounded by rolling green hill, the village is one of the oldest in the area, and has the oldest church in the Yungas. The centre and bottom half of the village stills retains its colonial feel, with houses with wooden balconies and whitewashed walls. Today, the population of around 600 inhabitants makes a living selling homemade bread, avocados and lemons.

The village is not really set up for tourism, but as the finishing point of the Takesi trek there is a steady stream of visitors here. There are some beautiful walks in the area - from the centre you can walk the two and a half hours down through the eucalyptus trees to the river, remember it’s up hill all the way on your way back though. Other easy hikes include the hour walk to the mine and community at La Chojlla, from where you can visit the dam and village at Kakapi, with stunning views. You can also visit coca plantations in the area.


For swimming, there’s a small piscina on the entrance into the village. Some tour agencies in La Paz now offer biking routes to Yanacachi, including down the Takesi trek route, and other adventure sports in the area.


You can find a phone and internet shop on the main plaza, and many of the small tiendas around the village will have public phones. There is a good size hospital but no pharmacy – you can buy basic medicines at some shops, but they’re expensive. There is no bank, or money changing facilities. See (in Spanish) for tourist info on Yanacachi.


There aren’t many hotels in the village, but Hostal Yanacachi (Tel: 2-245-6643) on the plaza has rooms for $5 per person, and can serve food. Also on the plaza is La Posada del Loro (Tel: 011-2-872-0220, Cel: 7209-5590), an attractive colonial house that has space for 10 people with shared bathroom for $3.50 per person, with swimming pool (if there’s water in it). Hostal San Carlo (, opposite the cancha (football pitch) has rooms with shared bathroom for $5 per person, some of which have nice views.


Most hotels can normally provide food as well. Other restaurant options are limited, but there is a small restaurant on the main plaza and a few others around town. You’ll usually need to let them know in advance if you want to eat.


Other places nearby Yanacachi: Mapiri, Sorata, Santa Rosa, Cordillera Quimsa Cruz, Cordillera Apolobamba, Coroico, Around Coroico, Chulumani, Around Chulumani and Charazani.

17 Nov 2009

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