Macaya, Sacabaya and Julo Communities / SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK / Oruro

Andean Highlands, Nature

Macaya, Sacabaya and Julo communities have organized in a Community tourism company “Lauca River Ecotourism” that seeks the historic and natural preservation, activity that improves the families’ incomes. Lauca River is famous by its polychrome chullpas, funerary structures corresponding to the Inca occupation period of the region. Macaya, Sacabaya and Julo communities from Oruro department, seeks the historic and natural preservation and the touristic development from the region. Lauca River is famous by its polychrome chullpas, which are a vestige of pre-Hispanic archaeological of great national importance; are funerary decorated structures, corresponding to the Inca occupation period of the region (1470 – 1540 D.C.).

Designs seem to represent Tocapus (geometric designs) of Inca textiles; they can be considered symbols of pre-Hispanic world and witness the splendor and creativity of the ancient cultures. Starts a proposed route by Laura River visiting the archeological site where you can appreciate the colorful Chullpas and pre-Inca tombs XII  century; you will enjoy watching all three species of flamingoes that live in lagoons and a stroll around the wetlands. This tour is the ideal for those who are interested in making a circuit in the area surrounding Sajama National Park.

Characteristics:

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Route:

Ecotourism.

Guide:

Spanish speaker.

Difficulty:

Depends on the package.

Comfort:

Depends on the package.

Packages:

Sajama and Coloured Chullpas - 3 days / 2 night
  • Starts: La Paz (or Oruro)
  • Ends: La Paz  (or Oruro)

Day 1 – Tomarapi
At 08:30 a.m. we pick you up at your hotel in La Paz and head to the centre of Parque Nacional Sajama: the Tomarapi community hostel where you will find all modern comfort and talented community-based cooks and guides. After lunch we have a walk along Huaña Khota lagoon in order to watch the vicuñas and we venture to wander in the proximity of the geysers. Late in the afternoon we go for a bathe in the enjoyable Manasaya hot springs. Dinner and accommodation in Tomarapi.

Day 2 – Coloured Chullpas
The second day we leave the Park early in the morning and head to Macaya village that is the entrance of Río Lauca route. There we have lunch. After that our local guide takes us for a visit to the archaeological area where you will watch the Coloured Chullpas, pre-Inca XII-century tombs. Then we walk to the lagoon where you can view the three species of flamingos that live there. About the middle of the afternoon we return to Tomarapi for dinner and accommodation.

Day 3 – Curahuara de Carangas
The third day morning we have a walk through the bofedales (swamps) where the community-based families breed llamas and alpacas. After lunch we say goodbye to Tomarapi and return to La Paz. On our way back we stop in Curahuara de Carangas and visit its colonial church, known as the Altiplano “Sistin Chapel”. We reach La Paz around 06.00 pm.  End of our round trip services.

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

Sajama, Trekking and Coloured Chullpas - 4 days / 3 night
  • Starts: La Paz (or Oruro)
  • Ends: La Paz  (or Oruro)

Day 1
At 08:30 a.m. we pick you up at your hotel in La Paz and head to the centre of Parque Nacional Sajama: the Tomarapi community hostel where you will find all modern comfort and talented community-based cooks and guides. After lunch we have a walk along Huaña Khota lagoon in order to watch the vicuñas and we venture to wander in the proximity of the geysers. Late in the afternoon we go for a bathe in the enjoyable Manasaya hot springs. Dinner and accommodation in Tomarapi.

Day 2
After second day’s breakfast, we go for a walk into the queñua woods, the trees that grow at the highest altitude in the world. We slowly climb to the Tomarapi high mountain camp located on the snow-covered mountain slope at a 5,000 meters altitude. From there you will enjoy a panoramic view on Parque Nacional Sajama. There we have lunch. In the afternoon on our way back we take a break at some pre-Inca ruins.  We reach the hostel at 5:00 p.m. Dinner and accommodation at the Tomarapi hostel. If we are lucky we will view some local fauna species such as puma, vizcacha, suri (Andean ostrich).

Day 3
The third day we leave the Park early in the morning and head to Macaya village that is the entrance of Río Lauca route. There we have lunch. After that our local guide takes us for a visit to the archaeological area where you will watch the Coloured Chullpas, pre-Inca XII-century tombs. Then we walk to the lagoon where you can view the three species of flamingos that live there. About the middle of the afternoon we return to Tomarapi for dinner and accommodation.

Day 4
The fourth day morning we have a walk through the bofedales (swamps) where the community-based families breed llamas and alpacas. After lunch we say goodbye to Tomarapi and return to La Paz. On our way back we stop in Curahuara de Carangas and visit its colonial church, known as the Altiplano “Sistin Chapel”. We reach La Paz around 06.00 pm.  End of our round trip services.

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

Salares y Chullpas - 5 days and 4 nights - from $75
  • Path: Highland culture
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Comfort: 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
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.

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

INCLUDES:

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

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Memories or souvenirs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

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