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RIO LAUCA BURIAL TOWERS

RIO LAUCA BURIAL TOWERS
Sajama, Bolivia
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BACKGROUND

Nestled in the Sajama National Park in the Bolivian altiplano, a complex of prehistoric burial towers (chullpas) comprises the most important surviving monumental complex of the Aymara people. The park lies southwest of the department of Oruro, bordered by the department of La Paz to the north and to the west by Chile’s Lauca National Park. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The Rio Lauca Burial Towers were included in the 1998 World Monuments Watch, and from 2004 to 2006, the Vice-Ministry of Culture implemented a conservation program with support from WMF and American Express. The emergency stabilization and repair of five chullpas undertaken in 2004 was followed by conservation work on several towers in 2005. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The rehabilitated chullpas, now part of the Rio Lauca Ecotourism Route, have become a popular tourist destination within the Sajama National Park, listed on Bolivia’s Tentative List for World Heritage inscription. The chullpas are invaluable archaeological monuments of the region’s ancestral heritage. (...)