CoroicoLa Paz department of Bolivia and is an excellent base for excursions into the surrounding Yungas Road region.
Coroico itself is not that spectacular. The surrounding is nice but besides its multiple accommodation option, it does not offer much additional reason to stay here.
By busAll buses from the Terminal Provincial Minasa Yungas in La Paz will go by and stop in Yolosita (Bs. 20). From there you can hike up to Coroico, there is a direct trail, or take a minibus for Bs. 5. There are also a few direct connections to Coroico from La Paz.
By bicycleFrom La Paz to Coroico you can also do "The Bike Ride"—the so-called "Death Road". Many tour companies offer this trip, but you can also organise it by yourself, renting a bicycle in La Paz. If you go with a tour company, look for one that allows you to bring your backpack along (for free!). For more details on the cycling option, see Yungas Road.
On footThere are also several hiking options to get to Coroico from La Paz, see Yungas Road.
- Soak up village life.
- Check out the church right next to the plaza.
- Most people just come to chill out at the pool, and at night go eat in one of the excellent restaurants. There is a large open air municipal pool (20 m) above the bus terminal with space for sunbathing.
- Yoga is available at Sol y Luna for Bs. 30, see #Sleep section for details.
Chutokollo Uchumachi (2,533 m)It is an easy but long hike (2 hr, 800 m altitude) up from Coroico to the highest point in the area. The views of the valley are amazing and there are lots of wild flowers and the odd coca field. Towards the top you have to cross dense (rain)forest. There and at the top, if you are quiet, you can hear and spot Colibris (hummingbird). They are easily recognised by their loud flight—it will be harder though to take a picture of them, because they are quite shy. If you walk until the other end of the mountain, you can see and take pictures of the snow covered mountain range towards La Paz.
- Try the Comedor municipal for cheap food from Bs. 6.
- Pizzeria Erika has fairly cheap pizzas and pastas, but you can also go for a set meal.
El CafetalA good restaurant is this French owned one. It's an open air restauramt under a jatata roof, with an excellent view down the valley (obviously no view at night!). Expect lamb curry, llama goulash, trout lasagna and crepes amongst others. They are also a hotel.
- Best value for money at the vegetarian Villa Bonita, which is also famous for its ice-cream.
Hotel Esmeraldahas a huge All-You-Can-Eat buffet with fresh salads, meat and chicken, fresh vegetables, soups and vegetarian food. The food is always fresh, no microwave food, no frozen lasagnas. Service spotty and the owner is a grouch.
Bambooaddress: one block from the plazaMexican restaurant favoured by local expats. The owner speaks English very well, so it is easy to get information!
Cafe Arteaddress: on the plazaGreat cakes, average coffee
Empanadasaddress: Main PlazaCheese empanadas appear at 16:00 in the main square. No tiendas sell them.
La CasaAlpine food: Fondu and Raclet.
Carlas Garden Pubphone: +591 72075620address: Calle Adalld LinaresDutch owned and chef run terrace bar/restaurant/bakery with live music on weekends. Easily the coldest beer, best cocktails and incredible made-from-scratch meals in Coroico. The location is perfectly Dutch-Clean including the WCs. English spoken. Closed Sundays.
Jugo ladiesaddress: randomly around the plazaFresh jugos, fruits and carrot
Residencial CoroicoPlain but cheap. There is only a cold shower. Hot shower for Bs. 5.
phone: +591 10-2213-6017address: At the top of the hill by phone mastsAmazing potential, has rooms with stunning views, a clean-(ish) pool, (scalding) hot showers, sauna, a book and DVD collection, cable TV, the fastest Internet connection in town (by satellite), pool tables, fussball and a restaurant that offers buffet-based breakfast, lunch and dinner. 660 ml beers priced at Bs. 10 during happy hour 17:30-19:00.
address: even further up the hillReasonably priced independent cabins with kitchen and private bathroom in a paradisical garden or cheaper rooms in a big house or camping in grounds. Two pools set in woodland environment. You have to make reservations, especially on weekends. Amazing massages Bs. 120 for 75 min. Yoga daily.
Villa Bonitaphone: +591 71918298Minuscule Villa Bonita offers high quality ice cream and vegetarian food in a pretty garden with a great view. The place has two cabins (for 2 & 4 people) and some rooms in their own house. It is run by a Swiss-Bolivian couple and their two small kids. Call ahead as it is often full on weekends.
Hostal Para TiBeautiful panorama, areas for recreation and relaxing.
Hostal L. de la TorreBasic but clean, sunny and cheap, organised around a courtyard full of flowers.
Hostal KoryBest view in Coroico. A Little more pricey but everything in Bolivia is cheap. Worth the stay!
- There are minibuses to La Paz running 03:00-17:30 southwest from the church. You will easily recognise the ticket sellers shouting La Paz. The minibuses take the safe new road, but are a bit cramped, Bs. 20, 2.5 hours. For Bs. 25-30 you can get small micros 2 hr.
- A private taxi to La Paz should cost around Bs. 300-350. Also, there are shared taxis that cost Bs. 30-35. They take the curves a bit too fast, so it's best to take them only if you have a strong stomach.