Tour: Sajama National Park (3 days, from La Paz)
The Sajama National Park is located in the department of Oruro and borders Lauca National Park, Chile. Its main attractions are the spectacular mountainous landscape and the glaciers of the Sajama volcano, and the twin volcanoes of Parinacota and Pomerape, as well as the numerous Andean lagoons and andean marshes. With its 6542 meters, the Sajama volcano is the highest peak in Bolivia. Among others, Sajama National Park protects the Kewiña forest which actually constitute the highest forest in the world. In addition, the park offers a variety of attractions: beyond the Andean flora and fauna it features geological atractions such as geysers and hot springs, but also cultural, as, for example, the so-called "chullpas" (Pre-Colombian tombs), cave paintings, rock paintings, and colonial art.
In the morning, trip from La Paz toward the National Park Sajama, going by the infinite vastness of the Bolivian highland. On the road, we will visit a compound of mystic "chullpas" or tombs and the spectacular Valley of the Rocks. Near noon, we will arrive to Tomarapi in the National Park Sajama. After lunch, you will know the protected forests of kewiña. In fact, there isn’t this kind of forests in any other place of the world at this height. Dinner and night at the ecolodge Tomarapi (- / L/D)
Today it is necessary to get up early. Early in the morning, we leave toward the geysers of Walla Keris, since their activity is more spectacular in the cold hours of dawn, before the hot sun heats the air. Later on, leaving from the geysers (approx. 4.400 m.a.s.l.) there is the possibility to explore, walking, the National Park with its magnificent views to the sculptural Sajama (6.542 m.a.s.l.) and the twins Parinacota (6.348 m.a.s.l) and Pomerape (6.222 m.a.s.l). Going by kewiña forests and observing llamas and alpacas, we will ascend to arrive to three lagoons in the Chilean frontier (approx. 5.000 m.a.s.l.).
Back in the geysers, we travel by jeep to the town of Sajama, where lunch waits for us. In the afternoon, we will relax in the thermal waters located between the towns of Sajama and Tomarapi. Night at the ecolodge Tomarapi. (B/L/D)
After the last pleasant breakfast in the ecolodge, we set out our return to La Paz. On the road, we will visit the church of Curahuara of Carangas, also called the Sixtine Chapel of the Highland. Arriving to Patacamaya, lunch waits for us, a typical plate of the place: charque de llama - air-dried llama meat with cooked potato, "mote" of corn and boiled egg. A God's dish! Arrival to La Paz early in the afternoon. (B / - / -)
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