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Parinacota (6348 m) and Huayna Potosi (6088 m)
Andes - Bolivia

Volcan Licancabur and Laguna Verde (Wikimedia, CCA 3.0)
Volcan Licancabur and Laguna Verde (Wikimedia, CCA 3.0)

Parinacota, 6348 m (20,826ft)

Parinacota (6348 m) and the Pomerape (6240 m) (© P. Gatta)
Parinacota (6348 m) and the Pomerape (6240 m) (© P. Gatta)

Map of South America
Map of South America (Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The Parinacota 6348 m (20,827 feet) is a volcano located on the border of Chile and Bolivia. It can be climbed from both side but we describe here the Bolivian side in the Sajama National Park. The base camp can be reached with a 4 wheels drive up to around 5000 m. The climb is pretty straight forward but can be strenuous because of the soft sand at the bottom and the numerous snow penitents in the second half of the route.

Pomerape seen from the top of Parinacota (© P. Gatta)
Pomerape seen from the top of Parinacota (© P. Gatta)

Huayna Potosi (6088 m / 19,980 ft)

Huayna Potosi is a very famous 6000 m peak. It is located in the Cordillera Real, less than 30 km away from La Paz. Drive to Zongo Pass at 4700m. Start from there and climb up to the high camp at 5200 m. The top can be reached in 3 to 4 hours.

Huayna Potosi (© P. Gatta)
Huayna Potosi seen from Milluni (© P. Gatta)

South of Bolivia

The South of Bolivia and especially the Potosi Department offers some of the most fantastic landscapes of South America:

South of Bolivia (© P. Gatta)
South of Bolivia (© P. Gatta)

Salar of Uyuni (© P. Gatta)
Salar of Uyuni (© P. Gatta)

Photos of Bolivia

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