Coquesa Travel Guide

  • Approaching Coquesa
    Approaching Coquesa
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  • Edge of the Salar de Uyuni
    Edge of the Salar de Uyuni
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  • Mummy Inside the Cave
    Mummy Inside the Cave
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    by AlbuqRay Updated Nov 26, 2008

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    The north part of the Salar de Uyuni must be the lower part. There are shallow salt water pools next to the shore and a few flamingos feed in the estuaries. There are not the 1000's of flamingos like the lakes in the south but the ones that are there are beautiful nonetheless. The village is close to the shore. It is an easy walk to see the flamingos but they are shy and you must move slowly.

    Coquesa Flamingos Same Coquesa Flamingos Edge of Salar Near Coquesa
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    by AlbuqRay Updated Oct 24, 2006

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    In a small canyon on the side of Volcan Thunupa are sacred tombs in caves where people were buried as mummies. You may only go inside one of them. The details are in my travelogue here. The dust in the picture is from a 4WD vehicle returning from the mummy caves at sunset. The village of Coquesa is in the foreground. There is a gate where the road goes through the village. Each vehicle must pay a small fee (20 B). It is also where your driver gets a key to the mummy cave.

    Returning from Volcan Thunupa Mummy Caves Parking Lot for Mummy Cave Trail to Mummy Cave Canyon Canyon with Mummy Caves
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    by AlbuqRay Written Jun 4, 2006

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    Llamas love to graze in the green areas next to the Salar. I don't know what this plant is but it has to be very salt tolerant. It seems to be relatively resilient to foot traffic, so take a walk at sunset.

    For Llama Forage and People Walking Edge of Salar de Uyuni Salt Tolerant Plants Salar Mirror Salar Sunset Shadows
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Coquesa Local Customs

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    by AlbuqRay Written Jun 4, 2006

    A llama's ears are marked to show ownership. These llamas were in the hills on the the way to the mummy cave.

    Llama Earrings Keeping an Eye on Us
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    by AlbuqRay Written Jun 4, 2006

    Just outside Coquesa there are strange rock formations. Niches in these rocks are used as burial sites.

    City of Rocks (foreground) Closer Look
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