Hike Samaňa Pampa - Challapampa

Hike Samaňa Pampa - Challapampa

The beginning of Yungas

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Difficulty: Gentle
Time: 3:00 h

ElChoro trek 3: From the Inca ruins in Samana Pampa (4 040 m asl) still continue along the paved Inca trail down the valley. There is more greenery with decreasing altitude and in the afternoon also misty clouds so typical for Yungas. Pass through the small village Chucura (3 640 m asl) and after another hour walk you finally arrive to Challapampa (2 640 m asl), which is 2,200 meters lower than the pass Apacheta Chucura.
 

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View of Samaňa Pampa

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After you leave the Inca ruins, walk to estancia (agricultural estate). You will walk along a comfortable Inca trail. It is worth to turn occasionally back, because there is still a nice view of the confluence of the valleys and mountains on the horizon.

 

View of Samaňa Pampa

Before Chucura

After an hour's walk through relatively wide valley you get to the larger village Chucura (3 640 m asl). The passage is sometimes levied here (allegedly for the maintenance of bridges and roads).

 

Before Chucura

Farmhouses in Chucura

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There are also new houses in Chucura, but the old farm buildings have greater charm.

Farmhouses in Chucura

Inca pavement

The path gradually begins to fall significantly faster. You will still be walking along a wide partially paved Inca pavement.

 

Inca pavement

Resting cows

After another hour walk increase not only the number of plants, but also happily chewing cows.

Resting cows

Descent in the green valley

Altitude is slowly falling below three thousand meters above sea level and with increasing time accumulate foggy clouds, which are formed in smothering jungle much lower.

 

Descent in the green valley

Confluence of valleys

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Shortly before the end of the first day on El Choro trek in Challapampa begins the right Yungas jungle. Above the village connects also the side valley of Rio Illampu, through which should lead an alternative way to Zonga pass below Huayna Potosí, but the valley looks already at first glance quite impassable.

 

Confluence of valleys

Above Challapampa

Finally, before you is visible Challapampa. 

Above Challapampa

Challapampa

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Challapampa is a nice place with several nice pitches for the tent. Thanks to the fact that even here reach the jungle of Yungas, you can see here, for example, hummingbirds.

Challapampa


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