Toro Toro – Bolivia
July 6, 2014 – July 9, 2014
After La Paz we jumped on an all night bus to Cochabamba and caught a colectivo to the tiny remote village of Toro Toro. This tiny town in the middle of the remote Bolivian badlands, is well known for dinosaur prints, fossils, caving and lots of hiking!
Our ride from Cochabamba to the small town of Toro Toro, deep in the dry canyons of central Bolivia began on yet another crowded colectivo.
Joining a tour group we headed out into the dry badlands for some hiking and caving.
Entrance to the valley filled with sandstone caves.
The sandstone caves of Toro Toro, a series of massive interconnected rooms with a sandy floor.
After visiting the surface sandstone caves we visited a subterranean cave system still actively being carved out by running water. Blind fish were swimming in the pool we stopped at.
On our second day in Toro Toro, we went on a hike through the canyons in search of waterfalls and dinosaur footprints.
The Toro Toro Canyon and waterfalls.
After exiting the canyons we hiked to other dry riverbeds and found some exposed dinosaur prints.
Toro Toro turned out to be a highlight of Bolivia. The small town has only a few tourists and lots of cheap lodging options. If you can stand the 3-4 hour bumpy ride over dirt roads in a packed van to get there it is worth a visit.