South america, Travel diary

Toro Toro, following dinosaur footprints

toro toro following the dinosaur footprints - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

After spending a few days in Copacabana to enjoy the Titicaca lake, that definitely looks like a sea and in La Paz, we are on the road to chase dinosaur footprints. That seems completely unbelievable, but it is true! We discover so much more in Toro Toro, the area is really beautiful with mountains with changing colors! Clearly one of my favorite experience so far.

For the third time in our trip, we arrive a day of a celebration in the village. That is always fun but they promised that there will be a guided tour the next day, except none of the guides show up (they were all drunk in the street!…)So we walk around the village with 2 others french girls that end up to be a really nice 3-4 hours walk, so the day has not been lost!

The next day, the guides are there, we formed a group of 6 people to visit Ciudad de Itas and a cave during the day! The landscape of the ciudad de Itas is amazing. The guide showed us all the rocks that look like a seated man, a tortuga or a crocodile. Really fun! I was especially amazed by the color of the mountains red, yellow, blue,… I never saw that anywhere else.

After our lunch, it is time to go inside the cave. We spend more than an hour at around 100m under the ground. We had to crawl sometimes in tinny gateways, go down helped by rope, and even more than usual I slipped a lot! at the end, I chose to have my but on the ground willingly than the other way! The cave has nothing really exceptional compared to other ones, it is the experience that is really fun (I haven’t done that for at least 10 years…)

The next day, we are going to actually see the dinosaur footprints. The guide explained us many things from what looks like this place thousand years ago (flat country next to the sea…), to how to calculate the size of the dinosaur size depending on the footprint size. The stones still have amazing colors! After this archeologic parentheses, we are going down the canyon to a cascade. I have once again this feeling that we are so little compared to nature around us!

It is already time to go back on the road for more than 24 hours! I really enjoy Toro Toro and its amazing landscape, definitely worth the detour.

 

How to get there? From Cochabamba, you need to find the station to Toro Toro (indicated on Mapsme), 5 to 7 hours ride at 35B

Where to sleep? We stayed at Hospedaje Matita for 50B the night breakfast included, the owners are really nice! They even let us all alone in the hostel the last night while they were traveling…

Where to eat? there is a lot of local restaurants really cheap, you can also enjoy a breakfast with picarones at the market 

How to visit? You need first to buy the tourist ticket for 100B that is valid for 4 days.
Then, you go to the next door to the guide office. You need to form a group up to 6 people to share the price of the visit. We were each time 6 and we paid around 120B for ciudad de itas + the caves and 17B for the canyon and the dinosaur footprints

 

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Do you see the tortuga?

toro toro following the dinosaur footprints - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

Ciudad de Itas

toro toro following the dinosaur footprints - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

toro toro following the dinosaur footprints - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

Footprints of diplodocus

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