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CORDILLERA LIPEZ UTURUNCU VOLCANO OHE 12

The Uturuncu is the highest mountain in the South Lipez and is a dormant stratovolcano showing fumaroles activity. The active volcanoes Iruputuncu and Ollaguë, the caves of Cueva Galaxia with their astonishing rock formations sculptured by nature over years, and also the pre-Columbian sites showing the customs and rites of the people of this part of the Andes.  The Uturunku volcano climbs is probably the easiest 6000 m.a.s.l. climb in the world. Visit the “Incahuasi” island, also known as the “Isla de Pescadores”. This geological formation which is a leftover of petrified limestone offers a multiple of Tiwanakota and Inca archaeological sites. From the highest point on the island we have an amazing 360° view of the Salar de Uyuni. Crossing the Quinoa plantations of Salinas de Garci Mendoza. The crop is mistakenly called a cereal but in reality it’s a pseudo cereal because it does not belong to the grass family!! The Incas held the crop to be sacred and referred to it as the “mother of all grains” and it is now much more widely distributed for its nutritional value.

The landscape and the view though are without comparison and well worth the detour. It is crucial to have enough time for pictures.
PROGRAM

Day 01: La Paz – Coquesa (3.707m): Departure from La Paz city by 4x4wd for a long day trip. We head towards the small village Coquesa which lies north of the Salar de Uyuni. First we reach the small picturesque village Sabaya, from where we cross the Salar de Coïpasa (also known as the mirror of the earth). Continue the trip  after passing the checkpoint at the small village of Llica we enter the Uyuni salt flat. We reach Coquesa from where we have a wonderful view of the magnificent salt flat – the biggest in the world. Visit the Coquesa mummies and have views of Tunupa Volcan. Trip by 8 hours. Night in local accommodations.

Day 02: Tahua - San Pedro de Quemez (3.723m): We spend the morning on the salt flat. The Salar de Uyuni is the biggest salt flat in the world with acreage of 10582km2 and it contains a reserve of 9 million tonnelades of Lithium and other minerals. We head towards the “island” Incahuasi. We relax and have lunch on the island and afterwards we visit the small salt exploitation cooperation of Colchani where salt is still extracted and processed without machines. We leave for San Pedro de Quemez, situated at the doors of the south Lipez by crossing the Salar de Uyuni in direction South-west We have the view of the volcanoes Iruputuncu, Ollaguë and the caves of Cueva Galaxia. Arrival to San Pedro de Quemez, night in local accommodations. Trip 6 hours.

Day 03: San Pedro de Quemez - Ojo del Perdiz (4.217m): After breakfast and visited the town we continue our trip in southern direction towards Ojo del Perdiz, a small village at the heart of the grand landscapes of the Siloli desert. We cross the Salar de Chiguana where we visit the Arbol de Piedra “the stone tree”.  Journey by 4x4wd 3 hours arrival to Ojo de Perdiz. Night in local accommodations.

Day 04: Ojo de Perdiz - Laguna Colorada (4.200m): We still continue in southern direction now towards the lagoons. After crossing the Siloli desert we discover the different lakes such as: Seca, Cañapa, Hedionda, Honda, Ramaditas and Chiarkhota before we arrive at the famous Laguna Colorada in the Avaroa National Park in the beginning of the afternoon. The lake gets a reddish colour from the alga and therefore the name; the coloured lake! Night in local accommodation.

Day 05: Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde (4.400m): After breakfast we continue towards the Laguna Verde passing by the geysers of Sol de Mañana,  hot spings (refrain from bathing!!),  the volcano Llicancahur and the Blanca and Verde Lagoons. The Laguna Verde gets its name because of its turquoise colour which it gets from a high concentration of lead carbonate, arsenic, sulfur and calcium. Arrival a the small  Queteña town and prepared for the next day. Night in local accommodations. Trip 4 hours.

Day 06: Uturuncu Summit (6.008 m) - Quetena Grande (4.216m): Early in the morning we start at 5:00 a.m. for the ascend of the Uturuncu Volcano. Our car drops us off at 4.500 m.a.s.l-  Like the many volcanoes that decorate this region the ascend of the Uturuncu is undertaken on a rather abrupt scree and it takes about 5 hours to reach the summit and about 3 hours to walk back down. We return to Quetena Grande. Night in local accommodation.

Day 07: Quetena Grande – Villamar (3.951m): After our ascent of 6.000 m. volcano we continue the trip we head north in direction of Villamar, a small village not far from Villa Alota, which is this regions mining village. We cross the Mallku canyon and the Valle de las Rocas (valley of rocks) Arrival at Villamar town in the afternoon. Night in local accommodations.

Day 08: Villamar - Uyuni (3.670m): Departure head to Uyuni by the Rio Grande valley. Before we get installed at the hotel we make a detour to visit the locomotive cemetery, a vestige of the more prosperous times in Bolivia. Afternoon and evening is free to discover Uyuni. Night in a hotel.  Trip by 4x4wd 3 hours.

Day 09: Uyuni - La Paz: Departure from Uyuni, this day we will cross the Quinoa plantations of Salinas de Garci Mendoza. Continue the trip  by canyons, high plateau. Trip for about 8 hours by 4x4wd. Arrival to your hotel and end of our services.

The Organized Service Includes

  • Private transport 4x4.
  • Specialized Overland guide.
  • Local basic accommodations.
  • Three meals during the day. (L.D.B.)
  • Entrance tickets to the national park.
  • Logistical material communication.
  • General Assistance.

Not included:

  • Personal equipment. (All the equipment we have for hire).
  • Extra expenses out mentioned.
  • Hotel and restaurant services in the cities.
  • Drinks and tips.
  • Personal insurance of any kind.
  • Tips.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the expedition or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone or mail.

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Season: March – November
Contact: info@highexpeditionsbolivia.com
Phone: 591-2-2461902
Movil.: 591-79530949 / 73030569