Sajama National Park
2 Days / 1 Night

Sajama National Park
Ranging beyond 3,900 meters above sea level, the Bolivian Altiplano hosts several snow peaks, which belong to a chain of active volcanoes. The powerful mythic Caranga culture possessed señoríos (kingdoms) in this region long before the Incas and Spanish. Sajama Volcano is the highest peak in Bolivia, at 6,437. The harsh alpine landscape is striking and beautiful from sunrise to sunset. Extensive pasturelands are home to llamas, alpacas and vicuñas and many species of Altiplano and Andean birds such as the threatened Andean Rhea, three species of flamingos, eagles and hawks, and Andean Flickers. Historical attractions include Pre-Inca chullpas (burial tombs) and several small churches built during the 17th century by Spanish. Today local residents preserve a rich mix of traditional customs intertwined with Pre-Inca and colonial influences, infusing Sajama´s atmosphere with a sense of sacred, enduring qualities.
Day 1: La Paz / Tomarapi
We will pick you up at 8:00 in the morning to travel for 3.5 hrs on a paved road for 300 kms. We will enter Sajama National Park through the very interesting Rock Valley area. Have lunch and visit a lookout point. After dinner we will have a cultural night: of local story telling, dancing and live music. (L,D)
Day 2: Tomarapi / La Paz
Breakfast and then walk to the Queñua forest, the highest forest in the world. By car we will visit a small lake to look for birds, such as Speckled Teal, Crested Duck, Andean Coot, Andean Lapwing, Chilean Flamingo, Puna Plover, Andean Negrito, Andean Gull, Puna Teal, Andean Ibis, some migratory plovers and sandpipers, and the Andean Flicker. After lunch return to La Paz. (B,L)
Departures: All year
2011 Rates per person: Prices available upon request.
Tour includes: 1night accommodation in Tomarapi Lodge, meals, transportation La Paz-Sajama-La Paz and bilingual guide.
Not included: personal expenses, entrance fee (5.00 US$ or 30.00Bs), phone calls, alcoholic drinks, sodas and medical insurance.
What to take:
- 1 backpack or dufflebag
- small day pack
- long-sleeved shirts
- pair of long cotton pants
- thermion-shirts
- winter jacket
- sweater or fleece/polartec (to be prepare for a cold front)
- wind breaker
- pair of hiking boots or sneakers
- poncho for rain
- socks
- underwear
- sleepwear
- casual clothes for La Paz
- hat
- gloves
Other items:
- binoculars, best 8x or 10x
- camera
- film (ASA 50, 100 and 200 are recommended)
- sun block
- flashlight
- sunglasses
- pocket knife
- bandannas
- a photocopy of your passport
- water bottle
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