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SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK TOUR

Experience one of parks with more scenic beauty before the presence of the imposing Sajama Snow Peak. The 4-hour trip from La Paz is very well rewarded once you start seeing lagoons with Andean flamingos, queñua forests and wetlands with large populations of llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and vizcachas (family of the rabbits).

Other optional visits:

- Ascent to Sajama Snow Peak
- 4wd expedition across the salt flat (ruta intersalares), visiting Uyuni and Coipasa salt flats
- On this 2-day tour, you may also visit the Lauca River eco-touristic circuit in which you visit Necropolis with Sekerani chullpas (funerary towers), polychromatic chullpas, and Sakewa Lagoon to see closer the varieties of flamingos.
- Extension to Chile, Lauca National Park (Arica - Parinacota).

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Day 1: LA PAZ – SAJAMA – LA PAZ

At 6:00 am, we pick you up from your hotel to start the trip across the Bolivian Altiplano. Our destination is the department of Oruro where the Sajama National Park is located at an altitude of more than 4200 meters above sea level and where we will be pride to look at the highest mountain of Bolivia: Sajama Snow Peak (6542 meters).

On our way to the park, we will visit the Church of Curahuara de Carangas, one of the oldest in the continent called the ‘Sistine Chapel of Altiplano’ because of the beauty of the paintings in its rooms.

Then we will arrive at Sajama National Park. First, we visit Lake Huayna Kota where we will observe Andean flamingos before enjoying a bath in the thermal waters near the village of Sajama. In the afternoon, we will walk through the queñua forest, an endemic subspecies in the area. This is the woody formation that grows at a higher altitude in the world, and we will have the chance to see vicuñas, llamas and alpacas. Return to La Paz

- Daily departures
- Air tickets, lodging in La Paz, beverages in restaurants and hotels, additional expenses, travel insurance and tips are not included in this tour.

Sajama National Park is one of the best high-altitude tourist destination in the Bolivian Altiplano, it is Bolivia’s oldest national park and an exemplary location for photographers and adventurers alike. It is located in the southwestern department of Oruro, borders the province of La Paz in the north and Chile’s Lauca National Park in the west, at 4000 meters above sea level, it can also be reached by a paved international road from La Paz.

The park is home to Bolivia’s highest mountain peak, “Nevado Sajama” at 6,542 meters above sea level, occupying the ecoregion of Puna, the park is part of the volcanic Cordillera Occidental. Sajama´s spectacular landscapes and beautiful scenic is the home to herds of wild llamas and vicuñas, with snowcapped volcanoes, soaring mountains, bubbling hotsprings, bird-dwelling wetlands and vast wild plain. Teaming with llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, armadillos, bears, Andean cats, pumas, condors, ostriches, pink flamingos, coots, hummingbirds, and other high-altitude animals, Sajama National Park is a sensational destination for wildlife watching. For a relaxing warm soak, there are hot springs 8km far from Sajama village, they can be reached by walk.

Due to Sajama’s enchanting scenery, abundant flora and fauna, incredible trekking, and pre-Hispanic archaeological sites, the park was added to the UNESCO world Heritage Tentative List.

The best time to visit Sajama National Park is during the dry season (April – August), it is winter in Bolivia and the temperature is cold, but roads are not muddy due to heavy rainfall.

The Park contains the World's Highest Forest, consisting mainly of the queñua tree (Polylepis tarapacana) which grows up to 5500 meters, the forest covers a broad expanse of the lower slopes of the Sajama Mountain. Also there are other slow-growing cushion plants, such as the yareta (Azorella compacta), threatened because they are used as fuel.

About 40 kilimeters far from Sajama there is the Lauca River and the “Rio Lauca Community Based Tour”, famous by its polychrome chullpas, which are funerary decorated structures corresponding to the Pucará and Carangas cultures which had its peak between 1200 and 1450 a.C. The towns of Macaya, Sacabaya and Julo are located at the circuit, they together seek the historic and natural preservation of the region.

At Sajama there is also one of the most famous Community Based Ecolodge in Bolivia: Tomarapi. Entirely managed by the local Aymara community whose priority is the protection of the environment. The community works mostly on lama and alpaca farming, while hosting tourists from all over the world. The period of alpaca and vicuña cattle shearing is from varies from October to December. The Ecolodge is fully equipped to ensure a comfortable and unforgettable journey in Sajama. The restaurant can provide typical meals, also vegetarians, prepared with local products, such as lama meat.

Prices

  • 2 passengers
  • All included
  • No accommodation
  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide (Eng-Sp)
  • 1 Box lunch
  • All the tickets
  • Trekking optional
  • $ 225 per person
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  • 4 passengers
  • All included
  • No accommodation
  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide (Eng-Sp)
  • 1 Box lunch
  • All the tickets
  • Trekking optional
  • $ 135 per person
  • Check Availability

* Prices in American dollars