National Park is a mountainous landscape of incomparable beauty,
of impetuous rivers and vertiginous waterfalls, of gentle valleys
and deep canyons. There is, also, an exuberant vegetation that
protects and harbors, almost as a last refuge, to a numerous quantity
of animals, plants and trees that are in danger of extinction.
the east of the department of Cochabamba, the park extends along
the counties of Chapare-Carrasco and Tiraque. It has a surface
of 6,226 square kilometers and its altitudinal range oscillates
betweeen 280 and 4,717 m.a.s.l.
It is cold in the western and southern heights (Tiraque-Pojo),
and warm in the lowest lands, in the northern region. The rains
-that sometimes seem to be endless- facilitate the formation of
an important number of rivers and creeks; among them the Ivirizú,
Chimoré, Sajta, San Mateo, Ichilo and Ichoa.
A park that
covers and give shelter to more than 5,000 species of superior
plants in surprising places of yungueño moor. A park with
keñua forests and several species of podocarpus, copal,
palms and giant ferns. A park that is the haven for more than
200 species of colorful and beautiful orchids.
That is not
everything, the area is a reserve of genetic and wood resources
like the mara (Swietenia macrophyla), the cedar and the walnut
is more than impressive. In the Carrasco National Park inhabits
the jucumari or Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the taruca (Hippocamelus
antisiensis), the jaguar (Panthera onca), the titi (Felis jacobita),
But the biggest
attraction is those beings that fly and draw nice twirls in the
sky: the birds. It is estimated that there are more than 800 species
in this area, being the guácharo (Steatornis caripensis)
the most known. These birds nest in caverns at the interior of
the park. We also find the Terenura sharpei, the Leptasthenura
andicola, the Cnemarchus erythropygius, the Catamenia homochroa,
the Idiopsar brachyurus, the Tangara ruficervix and the endemic
ones as the Simoxenops striatus. Many of them are in danger of
This is part
of the long list of the alive beings that inhabit the park. The
bad thing is, that every day, the natural wealth is threatened
by unscrupulous colonists of the area who practice -in an indiscriminate
way- the mining exploitation of asbestos and marble.
men go into in the park, to carry out fishing with dynamite and
to hunt some of the species furtively.
problems, the Carrasco National Park keeps offering numerous tourist
attractions, as the Sanctuary of Wild Life that includes the Caverns
of Repechón, two caves with guácharos and one with
bats, as well as the natural puddles in the San Rafael and San
Mateo rivers, the ruins of Incachaca, among others.
adventure that begins with the purchase of an entrance ticket
in Cochabamba or in the same park. Before taking the first steps
in the Carrasco National Park, you must remember that it is forbidden
to enter without permission. You must not carry firearms neither
explosives, unnecessary tools for all those that are only looking
for walking and admiring the nature.
not take baggage to the Sanctuary of Wild Life; plus, inside the
caverns, it is not allowed to use reflectors or similar instruments
and visitors are required to keep silence. For further security,
the walks are carried out with the keepers of the park.
If you decide
to visit Sehuencas -a southern area ideal for camping- it is recommendable
to take waterproof tents and clothes, because of frequent rains
and storms. It is also necessary to take provisions, kitchen utensils
and the whole camping equipment. It is also recommended to get
a vaccine against the yellow fever.
October 11th, 1991, the Carrasco National Park give shelter to
people coming from the heights of Bolivia. There is also some
information regarding to the possible existence of groups of the
Tuki ethnos that avoid the contact with the foreigners.
National Park, as every other magical corner of Bolivia, is waiting