The trailhead to Cerro Uchumachi is further up the hill behind El Calvario. It is a five hour round trip to the top (so I hear). I think the sign was at 2350 meters and Cerro Uchumachi at 2450 meters. I did not do the hike. Besides being too lazy, the clouds were covering the peak and impairing the views.
Alas, we made it safely to Yolosa, our final stop on our bikes. All in all, we biked down a 3000 meters decent from an altitude of 4700 meters above sea level to an altitude of 1700 above sea level. We went through the four seasons from a freezing start with snow to a tropical end below.
At one point, we got to see the waterfall of San Juan, which falls down onto the main road. Anyone say showers :)! We then stopped at another memorial for an Israeli girl who died biking down the same road we were in. Apparently, she lost control and went down a cliff. Believe me, the cliffs are scary, especially since you are forced to go down on the left (like England) next to them!
Several hundred meters later, we came across the memorial shrine of 5 Israelis who died on a jeep a decade or so ago. I knew about it so it didn't creep me out. Along the way, we stopped to admire the view.
I biked down 70 kilometers on the infamous Death Road. It was 2 Britts, Eddy the Guide, and me battling down the most dangerous road on Earth! The road was coined the Death Road back in 1997 because a study determined that it was the most dangerous road on Earth. In fact, there is at least one fatal accident per month!
You get a great view of Coroico from the grassy area around El Calvario. That is the Hotel Esmeralda "parking lot" with the one vehicle at the bottom of the trail.
You can hike up the trail past the Hotel Esmeralda, following the Stations of the Cross up to El Calvario.
The Stations of the Cross start in town and continue on up the Uchumachi Trail to El Calvario chapel.
Then, shortly after a 45-minute uphill battle, the paved road ended and we kept going on a dirt road. It is at this point where it starts warming up and no longer is freezing.
We started up high at El Charro at an altitude of 4700 meters above sea level. We could still see fresh snow from last night’s snowfall. Off we went down a paved road for a few hours.