Lauca National Park is located in the Putre commune (first region); the park was created in 1970 with a surface area of 137,883 hectares and is part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. In the park, it is possible to admire the volcanos that rise from the 6 meters above sea level in which the park is located; the volcanos found at this altitude are those with the names of Parinacota, Pomerape, Guallatire, and Acotango. The principal objective of Lauca National Park is to protect the wildlife and houses a third of the bird species that exist in the country – as well as different species of animals – like: vizcachas, alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Inside the park, we find the beautiful Lake Chungará – one of the highest lakes in the world (an altitude of 4,517 meters) – as well as the Cotocotani lagoons (various lagoons found together in a lava field).
3 Days / 2 Nights
Every Day of the Year
01 Night in the Village of Sajama
01 Night in Putre
08:00 AM – Personal pickup from your hotel in the city of La Paz and then private transport to the National Park of Sajama; during the trip, we will travel along the highlands, passing through the village of Patacamaya until we arrive to a detour that will take us to the village of Sajama. We will visit the chullpas (pre-Colombian funeral tombs) and the colonial Church of Curahuara de Carangas – known as the “Sixteenth Chapel of the Highlands.” The Sixteenth Chapel of the Highlands is called such because of the quality of the artwork which is found in the interior of the church and whose paintings cover the walls, making the place look like a biblical scene. After visiting the church, we will continue to the Valle de las Rocas (Valley of the Rocks in English) which is a place with unique and amazing rock formations.
MIDDLE OF THE DAY – We will be arriving to the village of Sajama (approximate arrival) to have lunch; afterwards, we will head to the thermal baths where you will have the opportunity to take a natural and healthy bath if you wish. We will find accommodation in the village of Sajama.
Included: Private touristic transport from La Paz – Sajama, entrance fees, lunch and dinner + hostel.
AM – After breakfast, we will head out towards the Geysers, being able to enjoy the beautiful landscape that includes many different snowy mountains – like the twin mountains of Parinacota and Pomerape – also having the opportunity to observe Andean camelids – like the Alpaca and llamas. After we arrive to the Geysers, we will be able to appreciate the vaporization found within – then, we will backtrack towards to the village of Sajama to continue to the Chilean-Bolivian border (Chungará-Tambo Quemado Pass), passing through an immigration post, in order to reach the National Park of Lauca. During the trip, we will pass through the Cotacotani Lagoon, the village of Parinacota, Bofedales de Chucullo, and also a place that offers a beautiful view of the region (called Mirador de Chucullo in Spanish); there may even be a walk through the sector found in what is called Las Cuevas. Finishing the day’s trip, we will visit the Jurasi Hot Springs and then find transportation to the village of Putre where we will find accommodation in the selected hotel.
HOTEL IN PUTRE: Provides a hotel room with private bathroom + breakfast.
Included: Private touristic transport, entrance fees, lunch and dinner + hotel.
AM – After breakfast, we will take private transportation towards the Vicuñas National Reserve where we can see how a contrast of colors unites the wildlife there. In the National Reserve and Surire Salt Flats – located at an altitude of 4,200 meters above sea level – we can see how the flocks of llamas, alpacas, birds (like the suri and ñandú) and multitudes of the three species of rose-colored flamingos which exist in the highlands abound. On the route, we will be able to observe the village of Gullatire at the foot of the volcano that goes by the same name – and, we will also be able to observe the village of Chilcaya as well as the most spectacular site of the zone: the Surire Salt Flats which are surrounded by snowy volcanos; likewise, we will be able to see a large quantity of flamingos. Afterwards, we will visit the Polloquere Hot Springs where you can take a thermal bath if you like – then, we will continue to the city of Arica or return to the city of La Paz.
Included: Private touristic transport, entrance fees, boxed lunch + transport to Arica/return to La Paz.
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Warm gloves and warm hats
Swimming trunks and bathing suits
Hygiene bags (towels and toilet paper)
Rain coats during the months of December through March
Cameras to take pictures
Sajama National Park is best visited during the months of April – December as it is our dry season.
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