Sajama National Park
Sajama National Park Tour
Sajama National Park located in the Oruro department, Bolivia with impressive landscapes surrounded by spectacular mountains is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled parks in Bolivia. Sajama National Park provides an excellent opportunity to discover a little visited part of southern Bolivia.
The Nevado Sajama (6,542m/21,463ft) – Bolivia’s highest peak, is located in this stunning national park. Legend has it that the Sajama volcano is the head that was cut off the (now flat-topped) mountain of Mururata by the god Wiracocha as punishment for being too arrogant.
During this incredible trip to Sajama, you will enjoy the magnificent scenic beauty of the Sajama National Park. Geysers and hot springs that overlook the high mountains await and you will be able to spot a variety of typical Andean wildlife, such as llamas, vicuñas, alpacas and viscachas.
We will also add a splash of culture by visiting Curahuara de Carangas and its famous colonial church known as the “Capilla Sixtina Andina” (Andean Sistine Chapel). This is one of the continent’s oldest churches. Different styles are merged here. The church is Renaissance, the paintings mannerist, the altar carved in gold leaf is baroque. It is an indigenous reading and narrative about the old and new testaments. The murals recreate the scriptures the missionaries used to evangelize. The biblical murals include depictions of the Garden of Eden, the Last Supper and the Final Judgment all done by Aymara native painters. The only blank space is part of a roof that collapsed in 1901.
Pick up from your hotel in La Paz. Along the way to Sajama National Park we will be able to observe an amazing landscape. Visit to Curahuara de Carangas Church, known as “Sixtine Chapel of the Altiplano” because of its famous colonial paintings. On the outside, the church looks like anything but the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Its rough walls of adobe and straw give it the appearance of a humble, rural chapel. But opening its doors and entering, one is overwhelmed by the brilliantly colored paintings that cover its walls, ceilings and cupula.
We will arrive at the Park where we will have lunch.
In the afternoon we will visit Huayña Kota Lagoon. Afterwards, we will have a walk along the Keñua Woods. Return to La Paz.
Tour includes: Private transport, lunch, entrance to the park and English speaking guide.
Program 2 Days / 1 Night
DAY 1 – LA PAZ-SAJAMA
Pick up from the hotel. Along the way to Sajama National Park we will be able to observe an amazing landscape. Visit Curahuara de Carangas Church, known as “Sixtine Chapel of the Altiplano” because of its famous colonial paintings. On the outside, the church looks like anything but the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Its rough walls of adobe and straw give it the appearance of a humble, rural chapel. But opening its doors and entering, one is overwhelmed by the brilliantly colored paintings that cover its walls, ceilings and cupula.
We will arrive at the Park where we will have lunch.
In the afternoon we will visit Huayña Kota Lagoon. Afterwards we will have a walk along the Keñua Woods. Back in Sajama Village we will arrive at the Tomarapi lodge where we will spend the night.
DAY 2 – SAJAMA-LA PAZ
Visit to Junthuta, a geyser zone at the foothills of Pomarape Mountain. We will then continue to Kasilla, the natural thermal water pool where we can take a good medicinal bath. Lunch in Sajama Village and in the afternoon return to La Paz.
Included: Private transportation, all meals, accommodation, entrance to the park and English speaking guide.
Keep in mind that the programs may change due to special circumstances like bad weather conditions. Contact us to book a trip or to get further details on the programs.
We can also arrange a private transfer to Uyuni where you can combine this trip with one of our Salar de Uyuni tours.
Check our Sajama Uyuni trip starting in La Paz, through Salar de Uyuni and ending in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
´The tour that we went on was wonderful. My sister and I were on a very tight time schedule and arrived in Santa Cruz with NO idea who to go on a tour with. But needing to organize one for the next day. We met the owners of Ruta Verde and were sold! It was so simple to organize; everything was just so easy and uncomplicated. I was originally worried that the trekking would be difficult and that ... well basically I wouldn't make it! But I loved the peaceful walking mixed with the interesting notes on the flora and fauna that we could see. Our guide was so gorgeous; he was honest, genuine and knew everything that we could ever hope to know - the medicinal properties of the plants as well as the behavior of the animals that we could see. The waterfalls were amazing and the views stunning. The spider monkeys and the (ok I'm forgetting the name now.... ManoMono? I know that's wrong, but there was a brown monkey that we chased along a path and watched while he swung throu gh the trees and I can't remember which species he was...If you can figure out who I mean, please fill in the blanks!!!) were brilliant. I was so excited to see the animals in their natural habitat. The spider monkeys were shaking branches in the trees; our guide explained that it was to prove who was stronger to the other males in another tree. At night we sat quietly and waited until the nocturnal animals appeared. Our guide also explained the origins of the park and the inhabitants who live on the outskirts. The food was great. The insight into life in the jungle was simply amazing and a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone.´
´I've done a Bolivia trip (with my lonely planet) for two months. I've been, in 2 months, with A LOT of different tour agencies. Ruta Verde Tour Agency was definitely my favorite. Everything was perfectly organized (which is not that common in Bolivia !) and very sympatic. I took the Amboro park tour for couple of days and I can assure you that it was the best days of my travel. One of the things that I did like the most with this agency is that they hire local guides for most of their trips (which helps a lot of people). So, from my personal experience, you should expect an well organized tour agency with the best prices and enjoy a wonderful trip in the Amboro park with a local guide, from who you will learn unforgettable things...The agency also speak Spanish, English and Dutch. I'm not working for anyone, I'm just leaving this comment because I think that this agency should be known by every traveler in Bolivia. Have a nice trip!´
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´What to say about Amboro National Park, the words amazing, beautiful, spectacular, awesome all to come to mind but these superlatives aren't enough, you need to touch it, feel it, hear it, taste it to get the true Amboró experience with Ruta Verde and after you do you never forget it, its fantastic!!! Thanks a million for the experience.´
'I spent 4 days in Amboro in April with Ruta Verde's excellent, knowledgeable local guide. The trip was well organised and the lowland rainforest considerably different from the cloud forest seen in the higher areas of the park. A four day trip allowed me to explore some of the more remote areas off the beaten track that would be virtually impossible to find without a guide.
'Buenos Dias Gijs; The Amboro trek definitely met my expectations. It was incredible, in large part due to the epertise of the guide. He really is a great guide. I don't know from first-hand experience, but I strongly suspect that he is one of the best guides in the business. He is very patient, calm and observant. I'm a fair bird-watcher, etc. but I don't think I once spotted a bird or monkey before the guide did! --- and his sure-footed waltz up the stream boulders is a joy to watch. We stayed four nights at the Rio Macuñucu cave and did day-hikes. We saw green-cheeked parakeets (like my Tikka!), lots of Mitred parakeets (red head) and we often saw the Military Macaws who nest in the cliffs. We saw two types of monkey, lots of other kinds of birds, lots of trees and vines; went swimming, great hiking, and the food was great. Overall, I loved the trip and would (might?) do it again.
'My wife Uschi Janssen and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Parque Amboro (2-4 September 2010). Our guide Julian was most helpful and really made an effort to show us the diversity of wildlife. We were lucky to see small monkeys and a lot of different birds including all kinds of parrots and tukans. Do?a Roci prepared nice meals at the caba?a which, while very basic, is a pleasant place to be. Wild pigs crossed our path and we saw traces of the panther. We will not forget the quietness at night and the sounds of numerous birds. Many thanks and best wishes. Jan Tuit´
'Hallo Gijs, even een mailtje om te laten weten dat we erg genoten hebben van de Refugio Los Volcanes. Alles was echt super goed geregeld. Van het vervoer van en naar de Refugio, de wandelingen met de nodige uitleg over de omgeving en ook het eten was heerlijk! We hebben nog een kleine week in Samaipata doorgebracht waar we hebben gerelaxed bij Marga en Pieter op hun kleine landgoedje La Víspera. Nu weer terug in Sucre, waar het wel net zo warm, maar zeker de helft minder groen is. Groeten van, Alex en Ariana´
'Buenos días, Domingo regresamos de este maravilloso viaje por tierras bolivianas. Todo estuvo organizado a la perfección y los guías eran muy profesionales y conocían el lugar a la perfección. Le agradezco su colaboración y recomendaré Ruta Verde a todos mis amigos que deseen viajar a Bolivia. Atentamente, Juan Manuel Ribas'