Alcaya Community /Salinas de Garci-Mendoza /Oruro

Andean Highlands, Culture, Nature

Alcaya, a community located between Thunupa Salar (Uyuni’s salar) and Coipasa Salar; which inhabitants are descendants of Chullpa civilization, the oldest andinian civilization; and heirs of a great historical heritage – cultural, invites you to visit the vast stone citadel considered the most important archaeological site in Oruro department since it is even bigger than the community itself. In this project is an experienced route for its immense stone citadel which explains Chullpas’ life, history, their tools and textiles.

A tour by this citadel accompanied by a community guide from Alcaya, will be will certainly be very interesting and rewarding for anyone interested in knowing a little more about life Chullpas’ life, history,  their tools and textiles.

Characteristics:

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Route:

Ecotourism, live history and highlands culture.

Guide:

Spanish speaker.

Difficulty:

Depends on the package.

Comfort:

Depends on the package.

Packages:

Riches of “Alcaya” community - 2 Days/1 nights
  • Difficulty: Regular
  • Confort: Good
  • Starts: Uyuni
  • Ends: Uyuni

Day 1
In the morning we meet in Uyuni and start our route. At first we visit the train cemetery, a trace of the region’s industrial history. Then we meet some local families that live on processing and sale of salt from the Salar (Salt marsh). After that, we cross the Salar de Uyuni from South to North, until reaching Alcaya village community, located at a 20 minutes ride from Salinas little town. We have lunch at the village and then visit its archaeological site, one of the most important on the Altiplano. Our local guide will explain about the history of the Chullpas, their ancestors. We will learn about their history, their tools and textiles, and we will say hello to the mummies that are the site-keepers. We have dinner and accommodation at the Alcaya community hostel, a comfortable place with private bath and hot water. At night we get together with local families and share their efforts as to the community-based organization of sustainable and solidarity tourism.

Day 2
The second day in the morning we say goodbye to our Alcaya friends and head to Coquesa village community, located at the edge of the Salar de Thunupa (Salar de Uyuni) at the foot of Thunupa Volcano that overlooks the region. We have a walk on the volcano foothills in order to enjoy the wonderful view from there. Then we enter the Salar until reaching Inca Huasi island where we have lunch and then a walk watching its millennial cactus. Finally, on our return trip to Uyuni town, we visit the llama charque (sun-dried meat) processing plant, an economical campesino community-based organization called La Potosina.

Advice
We recommend our visitors to take warm clothing, walking shoes, a hat, sun-block cream and a sleeping bag.

INCLUDES:

  • Private transportation
  • Meals
  • Accommodation in the Alcaya hostel
  • Guided Activities
  • Tickets to the attractions

NOT INCLUDED:

 

  • Memories or souvenirs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
Salar`s Community - 3 Days/2 nights
  • Difficulty: Regular
  • Confort: Good
  • Starts: Uyuni
  • Ends: Oruro

Day 1 Uyuni – Saitoco Community
We leave in the morning from Uyuni, cross the Salar to reach the Saitoco community for lunch. During the afternoon the local guide will show us the process of growing quinoa then visit Charaly Citadel where the chullpares. We continue our journey to Alcaya community, community arrive at the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Saitoco – Alcaya Community
After breakfast, our local guide will accompany you on a walk through the plantations of quinoa and pastoral areas with flames in the community lunch before visiting the archaeological site where the local guide will explain the life of Chullpas, their ancestors. We learn about their history, know your tools and textiles. Dinner and stay overnight at the lodge Alcaya Community. At night we share to the local families how they organize their efforts so sustainable tourism and community solidarity.

Día 3 Alcaya – Oruro
After breakfast at Oruro, we pass Jayocota community, where we have lunch and visit the crater that is within walking distance of the community. Reach the city of Oruro at sunset.

Advices: Bring warm clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

INCLUDES:

 

  • Private transportation
  • Meals
  • Accommodation in the Alcaya hostel
  • Guided Activities
  • Tickets to the attractions

NOT INCLUDED:

 

  • Memories or souvenirs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
Salar`s Community ii - 4 DAYS/3 NIGHT
  • Difficulty: Regular
  • Confort: Regular
  • Starts: Uyuni
  • Ends: Uyuni

Day 1
In the morning we meet in Uyuni and start our route. At first we visit the train cemetery, a trace of the region’s industrial history. Then we meet some local families that live on processing and sale of salt from the Salar (Salt marsh). After that we cross the Salar de Uyuni until reaching Inca Huasi island where we have lunch and then a walk watching its millennial cactus. In the afternoon we head to Huanaque village, near to the Chilean border. We walk up to the village mirador and visit its archaeological site. Dinner at the village’s Club de Madres (Mothers Club). We spend the night at Huanaque community hostel.

Day 2    
The second day in the morning we have a walk through the quinoa fields where we will learn everything about its growing process. We also will learn about llama and alpaca breeding, another very important activity for the village community. In the afternoon we have a walk to the Huanaque mine. On the way we will learn more about the community history.  After dinner we will organize a small party together with the villagers, enjoying their traditional Huanaque music and dances. Once more we spend the night at the community hostel.

Day 3    
In the morning we have llama charque for breakfast and then we say goodbye to our Huanaque friends and again cross the Salar to Alcaya village, located in the Northeast of the Salar. We have lunch at the village and then visit its archaeological site. Our local guide will explain about the history of the Chullpas, their ancestors. We will learn about their history, their tools and textiles, and we will say hello to the mummies that are the site-keepers. We have dinner and accommodation at the Alcaya community hostel, a comfortable place with private bath and hot water. At night we get together with local families and share their efforts as to the community-based organization of sustainable and fair tourism.

Day 4
In the morning we say goodbye to our Alcaya friends and head to Coquesa village community, located on the edge of Salar de Thunupa (Salar de Uyuni) at the foot of Thunupa Volcano that overlooks the region. We have a walk on the volcano foothills in order to enjoy the wonderful view from there. After that we cross the Salar once more on our return trip to Uyuni town, where we visit the llama charque (sun-dried meat) processing plant, an economical peasant community-based organization called La Potosina.

Advice
We recommend our visitors to take warm clothing, walking shoes, a hat, sun-block cream and a sleeping bag.

Salar`s Community iii - 4 DAYS/3 NIGHT
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Confort: Medium
  • Starts: Uyuni
  • Ends: Oruro

Día 1 Salar de Uyuni – Comunidad Huanaque
In the morning we will be in Uyuni to begin our journey. First we visit the community museum in  Colchani. Cross the Salar de Uyuni, reaching Inca Huasi Island, where lunch and stroll to see ancient cactus. In the afternoon we will visit the community of Huanaque, near the border with Chile. We climb to the viewpoint of the community and visit the archaeological site. Dinner at the Mothers’ Club Community and we sleep in the Huanaque lodge.

Día 2 Comunidad Alcaya
After breakfast we say goodbye to our friends of Huanaque, to cross the Salar and heading back to the Alcaya community, northwest of the Salar. Lunch in the community, before visiting its archaeological site, where the local guide will explain the life of Chullpas, their ancestors. We learn about their history, know your tools and textiles. Dinner and stay overnight at the lodge Alcaya Community.

Día 3 Comunidad Saitoco
After breakfast we will visit Saitoco community, which is located at the foot of the Thunupa volcano, walk through the fields of quinoa and learn all about the growing process. Take the opportunity to learn as raising llamas and alpacas, another important resource for the community, after lunch visit Charaly Citadel where are the chullpares. Return to the lodge for dinner Alcaya Community and overnight.

Día 4 Cráter de Jayocota – Oruro
After breakfast we will visit Saitoco, where the community expects us to share their music and dance originating. We will continue our journey to Oruro we pass Jayocota community, where we have lunch and visit the crater that is within walking distance of the community. Reach the city of Oruro at sunset.

Advices: Bring warm clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

INCLUDES:

 

  • Private transportation
  • Meals
  • Accommodation in the Alcaya hostel and Huanaque hostel
  • Guided Activities
  • Tickets to the attractions

NOT INCLUDED:

 

  • Memories or souvenirs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
"SALARES Y CHULLPAS" - 5 DAYS/4 NIGHT
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Confort: Medium
  • Starts: Uyuni
  • Ends: Oruro

DAY 1: Salar de Uyuni- Alcaya COMMUNITY In the morning we will be in Uyuni to begin our journey. First visit the train cemetery, the remains of the industrialization of the region. Will tread the Salar de Uyuni from south to north, reach the Inca Huasi Island, where we have lunch and take a walk to see their ancient cactus. In the early afternoon we will travel to Alcaya community, located about 20 minutes from the small town of Salinas. Visit its archaeological site, the local guide will explain the life of Chullpas, the ancestors of the area. We observe how have settled there; know your tools and textiles. Dinner and stay overnight at the lodge Alcaya Community, a comfortable hostel with private bathrooms and hot water. DAY 2: SAITOCO COMMUNITY After breakfast we head to Saitoco community, the local guide will show us the process of growing quinoa after lunch visit the citadel where are Charaly chullpares old. Alcaya return to the lodge for dinner. DAY 3: Alcaya – Rio Lauca Early in the morning we leave Alcaya community in order to cross the Altiplano at night until the Sajama National Park. Pass by the Salar de Coipasa and the enigmatic city of Sabaya up to the community where we will have a jerky Julo flame. Then, with our local guide Rio Lauca venture, stroll by the lagoon where flamingos come to rest. We will continue to visit the archaeological site where Chullpas colors, pre-Inca tombs of the twelfth century. We arrive at the hostel Tomarapi night, on the slopes of Nevado Sajama, where dinner and overnight. DAY 4: SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK This day we will work to understand the cultural and natural wealth of Sajama National Park. From the hostel Tomarapi community, where we can enjoy all the comforts of modernity and talents of chefs and guide the people, know the colonial church and queñuas forest. In the afternoon we venture between geysers and enjoy a dip in the hot springs. We have dinner and spend the night in Tomarapi. DAY 5: SAJAMA – LA PAZ CITY In the morning walk through the wetlands where local families raise llamas and alpacas. After lunch we say goodbye to Tomarapi to leave La Paz. On the way, stop at Curahuara of Carangas to visit the colonial church, known as the “Sistine Chapel” of the Altiplano. We arrive at the city of La Paz. RECOMMENDATIONS Visitors are advised to bring warm clothing, walking shoes, hat and sunscreen.

INCLUDES:

  • Private transportation
  • Meals
  • Accommodation in the Alcaya hostel and Tomarapi hostel
  • Guided Activities
  • Tickets to the attractions

NOT INCLUDED:

 

  • Memories or souvenirs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

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