Pictorial Journal: Cotapata Park, Bolivia.

28 Jul



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Around 20km north of La Paz, some four hundred square kilometres of the north face of the Cordillera Real are protected by PARQUE NACIONAL COTAPATA (otherwise known as Parque Nacional y Area Natural de Manejo Integrado Cotapata).


Ranging in elevation from 1000m to 6000m, Cotapata encompasses many of the astonishing range of different ecosystems and climatic zones formed as the Andes plunge down into the valleys of the upper Amazon Basin.




Within a remarkably short distance high mountain peaks, snowfields and puna grasslands give way to dense cloudforest, which in turn blends into the humid montane forest that covers the lower slopes of the Andes in a thick green blanket.






The cloudforest – also known as the ceja de selva or “jungle’s eyebrows” – is particularly striking, made up of low, gnarled trees and home to many unique bird species, and elusive pumas and spectacled bears.

From Wikipedia:
Map showing the location of Cotapata National Park and IMNA

Cotapata National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area (Parque Nacional y Área Natural de Manejo Integrado Cotapata) is a protected area in the Yungas of La Paz DepartmentBolivia.

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21 responses to “Pictorial Journal: Cotapata Park, Bolivia.

  1. Christa Thompson @ChristaTravels

    July 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I could totally be there right now… it’s 93 degrees in Florida and raining. Love this ❤


  2. Cherise

    June 26, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Wow, photos are beautiful


  3. Eri Berry

    June 24, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Very impressive and inspiring photos!


  4. ideflex

    June 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Your photos are always stunning – Across the Bored has nominated you for a Super Sweet Blogger Award at If you choose to accept, feel free to cut and paste whatever you need from the post to make the process easier! If not, know that your blog is well appreciated and a source of inspiration for us.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      June 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks for the nomination – much appreciated. Away from blogging, enjoying some well-deserved vacation with family, but will try to get back on track! Cheers & greetings from [back home] La Paz!


      • ideflex

        June 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        You’re very welcome have fun!


  5. myhongkonghusband

    June 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    wow, breathtaking


  6. ruthincolorado

    June 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful place!


  7. lagottocattleya

    May 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Fantastic photos! I certainly would like to visit and to hike there.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 31, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      It’s a lot of fun! Despite the invisible mosquitos who bite you thru your clothes! 😮


  8. colonialist

    May 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Totally different from any scenery in my experience. Oh, for a nice big windfall …


  9. Danuta

    May 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    wow, that is a really amazing place – another to my wish list:)


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 31, 2013 at 9:07 am

      It’s definitely worthy to visit! Thanks for stopping by the blog! 😮



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