Sajama National Park in Bolivia
Sajama park lies within the Central Andean dry puna region. It features a spectacular Andean landscape, with elevations ranging from 4,200m to 6,548m altitude. Besides the high volcanoes, the Park is visited for its thermal waters, Queñua forests, millenar Llareta plants, camelid herds and the tradicional lifestyle of the Aymara indigenous people.
Among the highlights in the Park are the different locations offering thermal bath. The sulfurous cointaing warm waters are especially welcoming after a cold and dry volcano ascent. Ideal to recover between two climbs !
The huge crater on the top of Parinakhota volcano is among the good insentives to climb to its 6330m high summit. Belive it or not, once acclimated you can reach this high altitude within a day from Sajaam village
There are also more technical climbs to be found in the region among which belong several routes on the Pomerape volcano. Have a look at some routes here.
Queñua forests can reach the impressive altitude of 5000m above sea level. This lineaous tree (Polylepsis sp.) found a long term shelter in the nationl park and covers most of the slopes of the surrounding volcanoes
The colonial church in the village of Tata Sajama is famous for its views on the Sajama volcano. The village gives an insight into the typical lifestyle of the indigenous Aymara people which in this dry region mostly live from Lama and Alpaca herding.
Vicuñas are among the flagship species one almost always observes in the Sajama National Park. These wild animals are (in)famous for having the thinnest hair in the animal kingdom. This animal thus offers the most expensive whool in the world !
Sajama volcano is the highest peak of Bolivia and thus offers views over the whole Altiplano. The climb is usually made with a base camp and a high camp and the thin air at high altitude will be the biggest challenge.
Climbing Acotango volcano is a must, and very usefull to acclimatize before heading for higher summits. The road of the sulfur mine will help you up to 5500m, and you will reach the symbolic limit of 6000m altitude.
Another site worthwile to visit is the geyser valley where you can observe the boiling water in over twenty pits and enjoy the specialized micro organism living around them.