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Getting There & Away

From La Paz, Trans Altiplano buses depart daily at 6am from Reyes Cardona in the cemetery district (B$30, six to seven hours), returning from Charazani daily at 8pm. Book tickets in advance as the schedule for the return trip often changes. An onward bus to Lagunillas will cost B$6 and typically leaves between noon and 1pm.

A 4WD route winds down from Charazani to the Yungas village of Apolo at the edge of the Amazon Basin, where you can stay overnight at a basic hotel. The route is frequently negotiated by buses during the dry season, but several serious stream crossings and risks of landslide mean it’s often closed to traffic during the rains (November to April).