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An October 2006 trip to Ayata by SeenThat

Ayatas Central Plaza Photo, Ayata, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: Between a rock and a hard place, Ayata is difficult to reach but offers awesome views brought directly from the Himalayas.

Ayata Walks

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Socosani Photo, Ayata, Bolivia
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On each one of the compass directions, Ayata offers a different landscape to explore and enjoy. However, the steep terrain and the lack of fresh water sources quite limit the extent of the walks, unless water purification pills and climbing tools are taken.From Ayata, the views are vertical-oriented rather than horizontal, with the Socosani Mountain providing upward views of its ragged tops and tiny glacier. Downwards, the broken slopes provide views of many cultivated terraces crisscrossed with walking paths in all directions. Across the invisible Sorata River a mighty wall ending at the Illampu summit, rises almost vertically. The last is one of the highest mountains in...Read More

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Ayata Views

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Ayata Photo, Ayata, Bolivia
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The Human LandscapeAyata is located in the Province of Muñecas, the poorest province of La Paz and one of the poorest in Bolivia. People survive here on simple agriculture – mainly corn - with no help of modern machines or fertilizers. When the fields do not require work, most men travel to La Paz, where they do work as porters, taking the merchandise to and from the congested markets on their backs. The province was named afte...Read More

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Ayata

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Overview

Local Clothes of Ayata Photo, Ayata, Bolivia
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HighlightsNorthern La Paz is set in a though environment, where the Andean Range ends and the Amazonian Basin begins; the result is a difficult territory to travel through, but one offering an awesome variety of views: high mountains and deep valleys, cultivated terraces and wild eagles; all of them in a very small area spanning various climate zones. Ayata is midway between the Socosani Mountain - a five kilometers height colossus - and the Sorata River - more than three kilometers below the Socosani summit. The many cultivated terraces assure plenty of comfort...Read More

The Trip

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I had just landed in La Paz, Bolivia, from my other adopted country - Thailand - when a friend invited me to join a delegation from the Lutheran Church to Ayata."Where is Ayata," I asked."Next to Chuma," was the prompt answer.Feeling doubly ignorant, I accepted the invitation. Next day I loaded a few blankets and a small backpack to a mighty truck and after picking up the last member of the expedition, we left the city in the direction of the Titicaca Lake. After leaving ...Read More

Ayata

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Ayata's Central Plaza Photo, Ayata, Bolivia
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The entrance to the town was strange. There were many houses in an arrangement that became denser as we approached the central plaza; adobe was the main construction material at the outskirts while bricks were the preferred choice by the center. Once at the plaza the place still felt strange, though I couldn't define why; there was too much new data to analyze.I was expecting to arrive at a Lutheran Church - but I couldn't see one. "This is the district," my host repeated without bothering to explain the meaning of his mantra. The central plaza was beautiful and well-kept, lush little gardens surrounded a circular central structure; it was a place for young lovers. A big Cathol...Read More

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