Sajama National Park (Bolivia)
Here’s a place I love so much…
Feel at the end of the world in Bolivia? It is possible…or rather in the very top, on top of the world!
The road to this park is beautiful…with its background music notes of charango, pan flute, and was gone…the limits are pushed, anything seems possible, accessible, even our desires and wildest dreams.
Along the occidental volcanic range, the Sajama National Park is a unique destination. The snow-capped volcanoes and arid plateaus alternate with landscapes of singular beauty. Everything here is exaggerated, bigger, higher, this are the adjectives that come from our memories.
Land of traditions where man and nature are one being…
Sajama National Park (which was the first protected area of Bolivia since 1939) is located south west of the department of Oruro, province of Sajama, bordering at north with La Paz and west with Chile (and with its Lauca National Park)
The main attraction is Mount Sajama, which, with its 6542 meters of altitude, is the highest peak in Bolivia, and one of the highest volcanoes in the world. The local economy is based on herding llamas and alpacas.
With its two volcanoes, the twins Parinacota and Pomerape, it dominates majestically over the Altiplnao, in the heart of a national park dedicated to it.
Sajama National Park was created to help save one of the highest forest of queñua, endangered.
The park features a spectacular landscape of plain, framed by the Sajama and Parinacota mountains, ideal area for trekking, mountaineering and photography through the variety of its wildlife, geothermal fields and hot springs. This is walk to discover the most impressive places of Bolivia.
Level wildlife, there are altogether 27 species of mammals represented in the Sajama National Park. These include the armadillo or Andean quirquincho; the taruc, cousin of Patagonian huemul; the titi and vicuña, which are threatened to extinction.
However it should be noted that populations of pumas and vicuñas have recovered steadily since the establishment of the park. As the Andean fox, the huron and the skunk are very common in the area.
A few miles away is the Chilean border in the middle of a supernatural landscape…the other side of the Lauca park with, among others, the Parinacota volcano and the Chungara Lake.
So many beauties that have nothing to envy their bolivian neighbors…