Huanaque Community / Llica / Potosi

Andean Highlands, Culture, Nature

Aturcahua is a community from Aymara origin located to the west of Salar de Uyuni, a region that has maintained its ancestral way of life and now share it heritage through community tourist. We offer you in this project walks by quinoa fields where you learn all about growing, an opportunity to coexist with their inhabitants and enjoy their music and traditional dances. The residents from Huanaque community offer walks by planting fields of quinoa, there will learn all about the process of this important cereal crop; also propose to visit its archaeological site, known how llamas and alpacas are raised, walks to the mine, and finally propose to enjoy music and dance traditions of the community.

Characteristics:

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Route:

Ecotourism, live history and highland culture.

Guide:

Spanish speaker.

Difficulty:

Depends on the package.

Comfort:

Depends on the package.

Packages:

Ayllu Huanaque - 3 DAYS/2 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 Huasiisland 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 nightat 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. We again spend the night at the community hostel.

Day 3    
In the morning we say goodbye to our Huanaque 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 cross the Salar again and get back to Uyuni town.

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

INCLUDES:

  • Private transportation
  • Meals
  • 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

 

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