Bolivia’s first national park, Sajama was created on November 5, 1945 to protect 1000 sq km of wondrous scenery, home to rare wildlife that inhabits this northern extension of the Atacama Desert. With increased protection, vicuña populations are on the rise and you may spot flamingos, puna rheas and giant coots. The park offers expansive high-plains views, geyser fields, hot springs, and climbing and hiking opportunities aplenty.
According to legend, Mururata, the most gigantic of all Andean mountains, lost much of its grandeur when it annoyed Pachamama, who angrily decapitated it. The rolling head formed the Sierra Nevada from the gushing blood as it bounced along, before coming to a standstill and turning into Volcán Sajama, the majestic centerpiece of this breathtakingly beautiful national park. At 6542m, Sajama is Bolivia’s highest peak.