"Exploration in 4WD across salt deserts in Lauca and Coipasa which is the Bolivian northern extension of Atacama Desert"
Activity goals:
Wildlife viewing,
Salt desert traverse,
Andean Pre-history
Difficulty grade in 4x4: EASY
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  City of stones (P. Barrón)  
  Sajama from Lagunas lake (J. Villarroel)  
  Hot spring in Sajama (P. Barrón)  
  Geysers in Sajama (P. Barrón)  
  Payachatas (J. Villarroel)  
  Ostriches (P. Barrón)  
  Rustic church in Macaya (J. Villarroel)  
  Pre-Inca graves in Lauca (J. Villarroel)  
  Salt Flat of Coipasa (J. Villarroel)  
  Chipaya woman (Viceministerio de Turismo de Bolivia)  
Average daily drive: 6 hours

The volcanoes rise over colourful deserts and salt fields where pink flamingos can also be found. The natural beauty and the culture of Chipayas and Carangas, will all make this unmissable trip feel like an "austral Tibet". The Uyuni salt flat is a compact crystallized crust 10 metres thick that expands for more than 10,500 square kilometres. Coipasa is smaller than Uyuni. Sajama National Park is home to a rare range of wildlife including pumas, huemules, viscachas, vicuñas, guanacos, rheas and tattoos. The microclimates give birth to the endemic types of polylepis trees and lepidophyllum bushes which form the highest forest of the world. We will move from La Paz in 4X4 cars fully equipped towards the deserts of the Bolivian Atacama. We will drive on abandoned miner's roads and tracks. Hike to the crater of volcanoes, forests of keñua trees and set foot on the salt flat of Coipasa..


1rst trip: From 19 May to 23 May
2nd trip: From 19 June to 23 June
3rd trip: From 19 July to 23 July
4th trip: From 19 August to 23 August
5th trip: From 19 September to 23 September


DAY 1: TO TOMARAPI HAMLET. Car transfer. Visit of Pre-Inca remains, hike in lava flow canyons. Lodge.

DAY 2: IN SAJAMA. Hot springs to bathe, geysers and other highlights to view.

DAY 3: TO SABAYA VILLAGE. The best rustic churches in the Andes. Blue lakes and colored pre historical graves. Drive and lodge.

DAY 4: TO ORURO CITY. Drive on crystallized salt flats in Coipasa and move to Oruro. Hotel.


BRING: anorak, emergency sleeping bag, warm gloves, polar fleece jacket, down jacket, bonnet, thermal underwear, mountain glasses, headlamp, bathing suit, sun block crème, sun hat.