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

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