The Yungas attractions

Top Choice Cave in Sorata

Gruta de San Pedro

A popular excursion, San Pedro Cave, known in the Aymará language as Chussek Uta (House of Owls), is approximately 500m deep, with an enclosed lagoon that can be crossed in pedal boats (B$5 per person, and recommend…
Top Choice Animal Sanctuary in Coroico & Yolosa

La Senda Verde Wildlife Sanctuary

At 12-hectare Senda Verde, there's a new concept: humans are 'caged' while most of the 200-plus monkeys run free. This protects people and monkeys alike (adult monkeys can be aggressive, and sick humans can infect t…
Ruins in Aucapata & Iskanwaya


The major but near-forgotten ruins of Iskanwaya, on the western slopes of the Cordillera Real, sit in a cactus-filled canyon, perched 250m above the Río Llica. Thought to date from between 1145 and 1425, the site is…
Viewpoint in Sorata

Mirador Wila Kollu

This vertigo-inducing lookout 3035m above Sorata is, quite literally, breathtaking. To reach it, walk (or hire a taxi, B$80) up the road to Laripata. Just before Laripata you'll see a small trail off to the left lea…
Cave in Sorata

Las Cuevas del Rio San Cristobal

A short 3km round-trip hike down the road past Altai Oasis takes you to these small caves by the river where rural farmers used to sleep before market days in Sorata. The caves themselves aren't super impressive but…
Ruins in Aucapata & Iskanwaya


A set of Mollo ruins so little explored that locals say you can still find ceramic pieces and other artifacts. It lies like a fortress on the peak above Aucapata and can be reached on a 1½-hour hike from Aucapata's …
Plaza in Sorata

Plaza General Enrique Peñaranda

The main square, Plaza General Enrique Peñaranda, is Sorata’s showcase. With the town’s best view of the nevados (snow-capped mountain peaks), it’s graced by towering date palms and immaculate gardens.
Bridge in Sorata

Puente Colgante

A nice walk below town on Camino del Río leads to a hanging bridge over Río San Cristobal with gorgeous views down the valley.
Historic Building in Sorata

Casa Günther

It’s worth taking a look at Casa Günther, a rambling, historic mansion in the northeast corner of the plaza that now houses the Residencial Sorata. It was built in 1895 as the home of the Richters, a quinine-trading…
Museum in Aucapata & Iskanwaya


This small, poorly maintained museum contains artifacts from the Iskanwaya site, including ceramics, copper utensils and bone flutes. Admission is free but you'll need to ask at Residencial Iskanwaya for the keys.