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About Tunari N.P.

 
The Tunari National Park is on of the major attractions of the city and the department of Cochabamba. It is located in the north of the central valley of Cochabamba, close to the city of Cochabamba and its suburbs Quillacollo, Sacaba, bordering the whole northern part of the province with more than 300.000 hectares. Its numerous lakes are providing water to the whole metropolitan area.

For its proximity to the city of Cochabamba, the Tunari National Park has an interesting potential for the development of ecotourism activities. The area is easy to access to its southern part as the park's border is close to the main road which connects La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz.

In the most recent studies, the park registered 30 species of mammals, 188 species of birds, two reptiles and two amphibians. The most notable indigenous species include the Andean Cat or "Titi", Condor, Vicuña, Llama, Alpaca, Viszcacha and Andean Goose.
At present there are three areas apt for adventures ‘off the beaten track’:


Mt. Tunari

Mt.Tunari (or Pico Tunari), reaching 5.035 m a.s.l. (16,519 ft), towering over the city of Cochabamba, is Central Bolivia’s highest peak, located in Tunari National Park. Its summit can be accessed on foot from the central valley of Cochabamba (south face - two days hiking tour) or with a 4WD vehicle to its north face up to 4,600 meters, and then the last few km on foot (one day tour).
Possible starting points for the ascent on its south face:

1) From the Berghotel Carolina – Mountain Lodge, located on a 120-hectare private nature reserve, at an altitude of 2.900 m a.s.l. offers comfort, great views, and hiking trails for guided and self-guided tours within the Tunari National Park as well as to the top of Mt. Tunari.
2) From Pairumani National Park (Parque Ecoturistico Pairumani).
3) From the community of Falsuri.

Liriuni

The hot springs of Liriuni are located about 20 kilometers from the city of Cochabamba. The medicinal properties of the water due to its high mineral concentration, have made it a popular weekend destination for locals to enjoy the large pool and the private rooms with geothermal jacuzzis, included in their facilities.


San Miguel

San Miguel is the closest area to the city with an internationally acknowledged level of biodiversity. Approximately 50 km (31 miles) from the city along the road to Morochata (passing Liriuni), you will find a 50-hectare Polylepis forest (quewiña to the natives) bordered by the steep canyon slopes. This forest is located in the central part of the Tunari National Park, and has become a true aviary oasis hosting more than 50 species of birds, more than 10 species of mammals, and more than 20 types of plants. Furthermore, it is home to a bird unique in the whole world, which can be found only in the Tunari National Park. The Poospiza Garleppi, a bird which is threatened by extinction due to the logging of its natural habitat - quewiña forest.

With 1,398 species, Bolivia is among the top ten countries worldwide for aviary biodiversity. Bolivia diverse ecology provides habitat for 45% of all bird species found in South America, among them, 20 species are endemic to Bolivia. In the Department of Cochabamba, there are 470 bird species, of which 188 live in Tunari National Park. 13 of the 20 endemic species of Bolivia are found in the Department of Cochabamba – the most notable of which is the Poospiza Garleppi (Tunari Mountain-Finch) which is specifically endemic to Tunari National Park.