La Paz For Mountain Biking

The 3rd most popular mountain bike trail in Bolivia.

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The dirt roads that contour the multi-colored canyons of the valley of La Paz lead you to some of the least-known and best kept secrets of off-road biking in Bolivia. As you look up into the cobalt-blue sky of Bolivia and the winding dirt road rising up ahead, you wonder what it would have been like to be an Inca messenger on two wheels. At first the altitude and grade make you breathe like never before, but once you are in your rhythm and crest the hill, you come face to face with one of the grandest views in the Andes: the Cordillera Real in Bolivia.

The geography of Bolivia was made for knobby tires. Panoramic views will completely capture your attention. Your bike, made to cruise, transports you down that trail to a village hidden in the flanks of a 6,000 meter peak. It is your personal time machine that will launch you into ancient civilizations where youll meet the descendants of the Incas, as well as the modern-day Aymara and Quechua Indians. Mountain biking in sky-high Bolivia along the ridges and crests of the foothills of the Royal Range is...intense!

Starting from the capital of La Paz (3700m), there are great dirt mining roads running the Andean ridge lines leading down to the Amazon Basin. One route leads through Altiplano and Lake Titicaca before turning eastward towards the snow-capped peaks of the cordillera Real.

Also, check out the trails near the village of Sorata.

In addition, the Takesi Trail is considered one of the best downhills on the planet. Also, try the trail from Lagotuni into Zongo Valley over a 16,500 feet pass.

While on adventure in Bolivia, it is important to keep in mind your own personal safety. Keep an eye out for pickpockets and be aware that it wouldn't be uncommon to have a theft in your room while you are sleeping. This is especially important since the passport/visa replacement process is complex, lengthy and costly.

Overall, La Paz is the 3rd most popular mountain bike trail of all 3 mountain biking rides in Bolivia.


Local Contact(s):  Explore Bolivia (303) 708-8810; Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking, (591-2) 374-204; Bicicar Trek Cycles, La Paz (591) 2-77-22-17.

Best Season:  Mar. - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  El Carretero Hostel (591) 2-322-233; Happy Days Hostel; Hostel Naira

Luxury Loding:  El Rey Palace Hotel (591) 2-393-016; Hotel Gloria, La Paz

Breakfast Restaurant:  Cafe Alexander; British Council Cafe

Article Source:   Best La Paz Mountain Biking Review

Date Published:  5/21/2016

Date Updated:  7/16/2016

ID:  5400

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