Sajama Bolivia

Sajama National Park is located in the Oruro Department, Bolivia. It borders Lauca National Park in Chile. It features a spectacular Andean landscape. It contains the snowy cone of the volcano Sajama, the highest mountain in Bolivia. Added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List due to its universal cultural and natural significance.

 

What to do - Sajama

What to Do

  • Birthwatching at Lauca River
  • Visit pre-hispanic archaeological sites
  • Bathe in natural hot springs
  • Interact with indigenous people
  • Overnight at famous Ecolodge Tomarapi
Where to go - Sajama

Where to go

  • Lauca River
  • Sajama Volcano
  • Huayna Sajama Hot Springs
  • Tomarapi Town
  • Curahuara de Carangas
What to see - Sajama

What to See

  • Tombs of Ancient Mummies (Chullpares)
  • Red rock landscapes asi if you were in Mars!
  • Protected Vicuna flocks and Pink Flamingos
  • Paintings at the “Andean Sistine Chapel”
  • Aymara culture and every day life

Route & Tour Duration

From La Paz to Oruro and Sajama National Park, round trip. Minimun tour time: 2 days. Suggested tour time: 3 days.

Available Connections

You may connect your visit to Lake Titicaca and La Paz to Sajama. from Sajama you can connect to north of Chile or returning via Oruro, connect to Potosí and Uyuni Salt Desert.

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Recommended Package:


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.

Sajama National Park - 2 days / 1 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. If we are lucky, maybe we can watch some local fauna species such as puma (cougar), viscacha, suri (Andean ostrich). 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 go up until reaching the bofedal  (swamps) mirador where the community-based families take their llamas and alpacas for grazing. There we can admire giant mount Tata Sajama, located at more than 6,000 meters above sea level. From there you can also enjoy a panoramic view on Sajama National Park. After that we go back to our hostel for lunch. On our way back we stop at Curahuara de Carangas in order to visit its colonial church known as the “Altiplano Sistine Chapel”. Our return trip to La Paz arrives around 06.00 p.m.

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

Salares y Chullpas - 5 days and 4 nights
  • 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

To see more information and packages in Sajama:

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

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...
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Caripe Community / SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK / Oruro

Discover Sajama National Park and it magic environment. On this tour through Sajama National Park, where the Sajama snowcapped volcano extends, you can visit one of the community projects most successful from the country: Tomarapi ecolodge.
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