Sajama Nationalpark

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Management Category: National Park.

Extent: An estimated area of 100,230 ha (1002 km2).

Location: Sajama Park is located in Oruro´s northwest, in Sajama province. The municipalities involved are Turco and Curahuara of Carangas, adjacent to the Department of La Paz and the border with Chile (Lauca National Park).

Biogeographic subregions, altitudinal and weather: Corresponds to the Puna, the altitudinal range between 4,000 and 6,542 meters above sea level, the region of Cordillera Occidental, characterized by extensive plateaus, high Andean lakes and towering volcanic cones as Payachatas and Nevado Sajama is the highest point of Bolivia. The weather is icy cold, with summer rains and ice all year.

Vegetation and flora: A total of 154 species of flora and an estimated 250 species of higher plants.

Fauna: Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna), el quirquincho (Chaetophractus nationi), el gato andino o titi (Felis jacobita), el puma (Felis concolor), el suri (Pterocnemia pennata), el cóndor (Vultur gryphus), la chocka (Fulica gigantea), el parihuano (Phoenicopterus chilensis) y aves pequeñas como Asthenes arequipae, Oreomanes fraseri y Phrygilus erythronotus.

Tourism: Its scenic beauty is unmatched by the imposing presence of Nevado Sajama, altonadinas lakes, hot springs and mountain climbing routes. It is also characterized by its queñua groves covering more than 10,000 ha. up to 5,200 meters above sea level.

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