In the borders of Bolivia

In the borders of Bolivia

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Difficulty: 17 days: Acotango - Parinacota - Sajama
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Description

This expedition is completely carried out inside the Sajama National Park, where you can find tombs of the Chipaya culture and fauna unique to the place: birds, such as flamingoes, duck, gulls, coots and Andean avocet, and Andean lamoids, such as llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas. Inside the Park are also the three mountains mentioned above, which we will climb progressively.

Mount Acotango is a volcano located at the border of Chile, part of the Quimsa chatas along with Mount Maria Capunata and Mount Guallatire. This trio belongs to the Sajama National Park on the Bolivian side and to the Lauca National Park on the Chilean side. Immediately after we head for Mount Parinacota, an almost perfect cone-shaped mountain with a crater on its summit, part of the Payachatas (“two sisters” in quechua native language).

The route is undemanding, however, care should be taken because of its great altitude.

We will have a day to rest and to take a walk through the zone of Sajama. The next day we will climb Bolivia’s highest mountain: Mount Sajama.

Located to the east of Bolivia in the department of Oruro and very close to the border with Chile, Mount Sajama is among the 10 highest peaks of the Andes Mountains. Located 6542 m.a.s.l. (21463 feet), Mount Sajama is only 417 meters below Mount Aconcagua (6959 m.a.s.l.).

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Itinerary 1


  • Day 1:
    La Paz

    Arrival at the city of La Paz. Airport - Hotel transfer. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 2:
    La Paz - Tiwanaku - Copacabana

    Departure from La Paz to the ruins of Tiwanaku, where we discover its history. Then we leave to the town of Copacabana, where we spend an enjoyable night at the shore of Lake Titicaca. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 3:
    Copacabana - Isla del Sol - Copacabana

    We leave early in the morning for Isla del sol, where we take a three-hour walk more or less, discovering the history of the place. At night, a tasty dinner and free time to buy some souvenirs. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 4:
    Copacabana - La Paz

    Early in the morning, we visit the church and go up to the Stations of the Cross for then return to La Paz. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 5:
    La Paz Village of Sajama

    Departure from La Paz to the village of Sajama in the morning. During the trip we enter the Sajama National Park where we can discover the chullpas (tombs) of the Chipaya culture, ancestors of Bolivian people in this region. We can also watch the transformation of the landscape, something indescribable. Then, we arrive at the village of Sajama.

  • Day 6:
    Village of Sajama High camp

    A relaxed day. Our transport drives us up to our camp at 5200 m.a.s.l. During the tour, we can see an extensive high plateau, with a spectacular change of colors while the sun dips below the horizon.

  • Day 7:
    High camp Acotango Summit La Paz

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach the summit. Once we reach it, we discover the surrounding landscapes with the twin volcanoes of this mountain. The vehicle will be awaiting our return to go back to the village of Sajama.

  • Day 8:
    Village of Sajama High camp

    We start the day early to take a walk by the geysers, where we can find several hot springs. After having lunch in the zone, we head for high camp of Mount Parinacota.

  • Day 9:
    High camp Parinacota summit Village of Sajama

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach Mount Parinacota summit. Once we reach it, we discover a spectacular view of its crater and the surrounding mountains, both in the Bolivian and Chilean side. After enjoying this summit, we start descending toward High camp, where a vehicle will be awaiting to drive us to the village of Sajama.

  • Day 10:
    Village of Sajama

    A relaxed day. First, we head for the hot springs. Then, we take a walk through the zone. Return to the village of Sajama.

  • Day 11:
    Base camp

    In the morning, we pick up our mules and leave the village. Then, we walk to our base camp.

  • Day 12:
    Base camp High camp

    This day our porters arrive early because a long ascent to high camp awaits us. Passing through some hillsides and going up steep and loose moraines, we arrive at High camp (5600 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the day.

  • Day 13:
    High camp Sajama summit Base camp

    We leave at dawn attempting to reach the summit. There, you can discover a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains with beautiful contrasting landscapes. Then we start descending toward High camp, where our porters will be awaiting us for the descent to Base camp.

  • Day 14:
    Base camp La Paz

    A relaxed day. First, we load our mules and head for Aguas Calientes, where we have a delightful time in a natural hot spring. Then, we head for the highway to La Paz.

  • Day 15:
    La Paz

    A relaxed day to buy souvenirs. Farewell dinner. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 16:
    La Paz

    Hotel - Airport transfer. End of our services.


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Recommendations

Para participar en estos recorridos se debe estar en buena condición física, sobre todo para el montañismo de altura. Sin embargo, es una ruta ideal para los que se están iniciando en el montañismo, pues no ofrece mayores complicaciones.

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