National Park Apolobamba, La Paz
The National Park Apolobamba is located to the West of the department of La Paz, specifically at the Bautista Saavedra, Franz Tamayo y Larecaja provinces. The park surrounds the municipalities of Pelechuco, Curva, Charazani and Guanay.
The National Park Apolobamba covers a total surface of 4.837 km2. It has a fantastic scenic beauty because of the snow-covered high mountains such us Akamani, Presidente y Katantika. Besides them the parks counts with glacial lagoons and impressive glaciers like the chaupi Orcko: one of the biggest in the world.
The climate is cold at the mountain range region and the plateaus of the West (the average temperature is 4.5C). The weather tends to be warm and hot at the Yungas area (average temperature 26C).
The flora is characterized by a field of low pasture where hard grasses dominate and salificadas, reoseta plants, rastreras, kausillo, wikumilla, yareta, crespillo, and pulvinulos de bofedales. Among the Cloudy Forest flora are species almost extinct such us quenua, walnut, mountain pine, aliso, chachacoma, coca, aliso colorado, guayabilla, arrayan, lumachu, cori cori, sauco, cardo santo, coloradillo del monte, quina, quina quina, isigo or coloradillo and the bilka.
There are around 275 registered species of fauna like the vicuna, jucumari, taruca or Andean deer, deer, tiny deer, Andean cat or titi, puma, choca grande, huallata and the pato de torrentes.
The park is located about 6 hours from La Paz. The Apolobamba is not the most accessible region of Bolivia. Unsurfaced roads twisting their way through high mountain passes make the journey there slow and uncomfortable. The bus offers a uniquely uncomfortable travel experience, or you can hire a jeep.
Tickets are available in the Cementerio area of La Paz. Buses depart most days from El Alto, the sprawling city above La Paz. The big advantage of the bus is that it is cheap.
Bus departure times, departure points and prices change frequently. Our other top tip is to make sure you check which bus you're meant to be on. There's nothing more irritating than loading all your bags onto the roof, only to be told to get it all off again.
Jeep travel is faster and more comfortable, but far more expensive. Please contact us by email if you would like to get a quote.