Sajama National Park

Cancelling the climb of Vulcan Sajama meant we had a day to explore the surrounding area. At first it looks uniformly barren, with some small, tough plants that sustain a surprisingly large llama population, which in turn supports a much smaller human population, and has done so for millennia.

The reality is a bit different, and the region is dotted with hot springs, ancient burial sites, small adobe churches and high altitude lakes with abundant bird life, including flamingoes. A stark, beautiful landscape that constantly surprises.

It’s a wonderfully beautiful landscape, one that is a photographer’s dreamscape. Welcome to the Sajama National Park…

Adobe church on the outskirts of a small village in the middle of the altiplano, Bolivia
Adobe church on the outskirts of a small village in the middle of the altiplano, Bolivia
High altitude lake with a small population of flamingoes, Bolivia
High altitude lake with a small population of flamingoes, Bolivia
Chullpas, Incan burial sites, that have survived thanks to the low rainfall in the region, Bolivia
Chullpas, Incan burial sites, that have survived thanks to the low rainfall in the region, Bolivia
More chullpas, restored to their original colours, Bloivia
More chullpas, restored to their original colours, Bloivia
Salt marsh and mountains, Altiplano, Bolivia
Salt marsh and mountains, Altiplano, Bolivia
Flamingo lake, Altiplano Bolivia
Flamingo lake, Altiplano Bolivia
Flamingoes take flight, Altiplano, Bolivia
Flamingoes take flight, Altiplano, Bolivia
The view from a pre-Hispanic fort on a small hilltop, Altiplano, Bolivia
The view from a pre-Hispanic fort on a small hilltop, Altiplano, Bolivia
Road to somewhere? Altiplano, Bolivia
Road to somewhere? Altiplano, Bolivia
Abandoned village, Altiplano, Bolivia
Abandoned village, Altiplano, Bolivia
We even managed to enter Chile illegally, Altiplano, Bolivia
We even managed to enter Chile illegally, Altiplano, Bolivia
Adobe church with Vulcan Sajama, Altiplano, Bolivia
Adobe church with Vulcan Sajama, Altiplano, Bolivia
Graveyard in Sajama village, Altiplano, Bolivia
Graveyard in Sajama village, Altiplano, Bolivia
Graveyard in Sajama village, Altiplano, Bolivia
Graveyard in Sajama village, Altiplano, Bolivia

4 thoughts on “Sajama National Park

  1. Hi Paul, You have such a wonderful eye. I am working on an academic book on mural art in the Andes. May I have your approval to use the photograph of the chullpas with the geometric paintings? Do you happen to have a higher resolution photo than what is on the blog? Thanks for your consideration

    1. Hi Lisa, apologies for the delay in responding, I’ve been on vacation and am only just checking messages now. Very happy for you to use the image, if you let me have your email I’ll send the originals. Best wishes, Paul

      1. Thank you! LT2731 at columbia dot edu

        1. I’ve emailed the original photos. All best.

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