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Holidays, Festivals & Seasonal
Carnivals & Fairs
Visitors get dragged into the fun during Putre's Carnaval in February. Scores of balloon-bombs filled with flour are pelted around, not to mention clouds of chaya (multicolored paper dots)...
Rub shoulders with a mixed bunch of locals and road workers in this modest restaurant serving set meals under fluorescent lights. It opens for breakfast (from CH$1000) as early as 5am.
Another local outfit that will arrange anything from treks to the ancient wall paintings of Wilacabrani to two-day ventures into Isluga via Surire.
Nature & Wildlife
Alaskan biologist Barbara Knapton offers customized birdwatching, wildflower and natural-history excursions in either English or Spanish. Make reservations well in advance...
Flavio of Terrace Lodge is not only a fountain of info but runs a range of excellently guided tours, which take you away from the crowds and to some hidden spots, both in the immediate area around Putre as well as fu...
A one-man show run by local guide, Justino Jirón. While he does the usual roster of tours – which get mixed reviews – his specialty is treks into the surrounding mountains and volcano climbs.
Two rustic rooms with contemporary artwork and a fireplace right off the main plaza. The menu features a few Andean staple dishes as well as crowd-pleasers like sandwiches, pizzas, tablas and empanadas.
Colorful and cozy Kuchu Marka dishes out tasty local staples like alpaca steaks as well as a range of vegetarian options and drinks.
Specialist in adventure tours and treks, this outfit also rents mountain bikes (CH$12,000 per day) and cars (from CH$50,000 for a small one), and sells bus tickets to La Paz (daily departures at 11:30am, six hours, C...
Markets & Fairs
Held in November; music and dancing are accompanied by dozens of stalls selling crafts, regional produce and tasty local dishes.
Transportation & Travel Services
Parque Nacional Sajama
For a relaxing warm soak, there are four lovely 35°C hot springs 8km northwest of Sajama village, an easy 45-minute walk; look for the bright orange house to the left of the road...
Small Group Tours
This growing tourist circuit near Parque Nacional Sajama is slowly attracting visitors...
About 12km north of the village of Sajama, this lakeis worth a day trip.
About 7km (1½ hours on foot) due west of Sajama is an interesting spoutinggeyser field...
The volcano is a popular mountain to climb, especially between May and September; there are also some hikes on its lower slopes...
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