Chachacomani to Panduro

Chachacomani – Turco – Choquecota – Chuquichambi – La Joya – Eucaliptus – Panduro


Not the most exciting route in Bolivia, but we still thought it a more interesting option than taking on the trucks on the main Tambo Quemado – Patacamaya highway. Most of the route is flat with little scenery of interest, although crossing the Abra Huayllamarca is nice. Despite the lack of scenery, this is a good route for seeing some typical altiplano villages far from any tour groups’ itineraries.

The end of the route near Panduro is only 10kms along the main La Paz to Oruro highway from Konani, the start of a lovely loop to cycle through the south Yungas.

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Camp near the Rio Sajama
Straight road to Turco
Near Choquecota
Belen de Choquecota
Climbing to Abra Huayllamarca in the snow
Descending from Abra Huayllamarca
Standing water near La Joya

Total dist. Stage dist. Description
0km Junction below Chachacomani (GPS01).
36.8km Descend 8.5kms on a straight road to a bridge over the Rio Sajama (4,000m). Climb 7.8kms to high point at 4,190m. Descend 9kms then say goodbye to corners and climbs for a while. 10.5kms from the end of descent cross the Rio Cosapa on a big bridge and in a further km arrive in Crucero.
36.8km Crucero (GPS02). Small village with a very basic shop.
54.5km Straight, flat road to Turco. Stick to the main road at junctions. Surface is mostly fine, though there are some bad sections. The road crosses rivers 8.6kms and 28.2kms from Crucero.
91.3km Turco (GPS03). Friendly town with accommodation, shops, restaurants, internet.
13.8km Leave town on main road south to Ancaravi. After 1.1kms there is a 4.7km stretch of tarmac before 8kms of ripio.
105.1km Just before a bridge, turn L onto a smaller road at a junction (GPS04). This would be easy to miss, but after this it is pretty clear all the way to Panduro.
29.9km Climb to high point at 3,980m, 12.7kms from junction. Then descend 100m before road becomes flat. 14.2kms from high point reach a big bridge over a wide river bed. From here it’s 3kms to Choquecota.
135.0km Choquecota (GPS05). Large village with shop and a pension.
21.3km After 13.6kms come to junction to Belen de Choquecota (just L of the road). Then climb gently for 7.7kms to the pass.
156.3km Abra Huayllamarca – 4,214m (GPS06). A nice little pass through the Serrania de Huayllamarca. Good scenery.
10.5km Descend on pretty switchbacks to Chuquichambi.
166.8km Chuquichambi. Village with shops but no accommodation.
39.5km Carry on through Chuquichambi. In 16.2 kms get to Lajma a medium-sized village with a shop. 8.7kms from Lajma is Vilacara, a small village where we saw no one and no facilities. From Vilacara it’s 14.6kms to La Joya. Road is very flat.
206.3km La Joya (GPS07). Large, friendly village. Shops and hot food available. There are 2 roads from here to Eucaliptus – one ‘por el campo‘ that would be more direct but we avoided due to mud, the other is the main road via the bridge over the Rio Desaguadero.
26.0km Continue past/through La Joya on the main road you came in on. After 4kms get to a big bridge over the Rio Desaguadero. Turn L directly after the bridge for flat 22kms to Eucaliptus.
232.3km Eucaliptus (GPS08). Quite large town with accommodation, lots of restaurants and shops. 3 buses a day to La Paz (the latest leaving at 05:30!) and pretty much hourly to Oruro.
14.4km Climb to main road. 11.3kms paved, final 3.1kms unpaved.
246.7km Panduro (GPS09) – very small village on main Oruro – La Paz highway. Turn L to go to Konani (10kms away). Watch out for the trucks and buses!
Details
Time taken – 3 ½ days and amount climbed – 1,690m 7 hours: Chachacomani – Turco (580m climb).
7 hours: Turco – Chuquichambi (710m climb).
7 hours: Chuquichambi – Panduro (400m climb).
Traffic Virtually nothing from Chachacomani to Turco. A few cars an hour from Turco to Eucaliptus. More from there to Panduro.
When we cycled Late August 2010.
Difficulty 2
How much we had to push on this route Not at all

GPS Point Description Lat/Long/Altitude
GPS01 Junction below Chachacomani 18.3500 S, 68.9459 W, 4,240m.
GPS02 Crucero 18.3424 S, 68.6279 W, 3,840m.
GPS03 Turco 18.1843 S, 68.1894 W, 3,850m.
GPS04 Junction before bridge 18.2253 S, 68.0741 W, 3,840m.
GPS05 Choquecota 18.0987 S, 67.8991 W, 3,870m.
GPS06 Abra Huayllamarca 17.9639 S, 67.8182 W, 4,214m.
GPS07 La Joya 17.7780 S, 67.4979 W, 3,730m.
GPS08 Eucaliptus 17.5969 S, 67.5082 W, 3,730m.
GPS09 Panduro 17.4939 S, 67.4454 W, 3,910m.





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Nearby routes:        Sabaya to Sajama                 La Paz to Sajama                 South Yungas

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