Coroico is a good place to explore the region around the Yungas Road or just spend a night before heading to the lowlands (inlcuding Rurrenabaque and the rest of the Beni department, or just back to La Paz. Because of the lower elevation, the weather is quite nice by comparison to La Paz, and has a resort-like feel to it. Weekends are busier with Paceños.
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.
The new (as of 2006) highway going by Coroico is open for public use. It’s a very scenic road and needs to be appreciate when driving it.
All 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.
From 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.
There are also several hiking options to get to Coroico from La Paz, see Yungas Road.
Coroico is a small town and just about everything is in walking distance. There are also taxis in town.
- 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.
- 1 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. (updated May 2018)