June 26, 2007 – A Change of Scenery

Sajama Village, a complete contrast compared to the Condoriri region

It’s June 26th and the team finds itself at 4000 meters or 14000 feet.  We made our way south from La Paz today across the Atacama desert and we are now in the village of Sajama where we have excellent views of the mountain we are about to climb.  Today was a transfer day, so after a restful day in La Paz and some shopping for souvenirs for family and friends back home we shared a meal at a local café before turning in for the night at our hotel.               

John at our hotel in the Village of Sajama getting ready for our new next goal: the highest peak in Bolivia

               Jamie happy and relaxed after a successful summit of Pequeno Alpamayo    

This morning Juan Carlos, Charlie, Oswaldo, Jim, Jamie, Jack and myself headed south stopping for lunch at the Capela Sixtina del Altiplano (The Sixteenth Chapel of the Altiplano), which is an incredible sight.  The environment of this area is a real contrast to the Condoriri.  From there we headed west toward the Chilean border, which is not far from where I stand now.  I can see twin mountain peaks to the west where one is fully in Bolivia and the other is in Chile.

We are now staying in adobe huts and taking in the scenery of our new surroundings where we will be spending the next 5 nights.  Tonight we will take it easy and maybe challenge ourselves with another game of mountain monopoly.

This Chapel in the Altiplano was built on the 16th century

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