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Bolivia : Oruro

8.0 km (5.0 miles) ESE of Launapi, Oruro, Bolivia
Approx. altitude: 3950 m (12959 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 18°N 112°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: The GPS registering the confluence #7: The visitors

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#1: View of the confluence

(visited by Rodrigo Sandoval and José Ramón Loría)

English

28-May-2011 -- El lugar está sobre una colina, desde allí se ven varias quebradas afluentes y secas que desembocan en el rio "Barras" y en el horizonte se ven algunas montañas más altas. El terreno es árido y rocoso con escasa vegetación, mayormente arbustos de paja.

Comenzamos a planear la visita a esta confluencia hace algunos meses, diferentes circunstancias nos demoraron la partida, finalmente pudimos programar la visita para el 28 de Mayo.

Este día esperábamos estar en el punto en horas de la tarde, sin embargo, en repetidas oportunidades perdimos el camino, porque al acercarnos a la confluencia todos senderos parecían terminarse.

Luego de intentar algunas alternativas, encontramos el camino preciso. Para ese momento ya habíamos perdido varias horas. Llegamos a un lugar, a menos de 2 kilómetros de nuestro destino, a partir del cual solo podíamos seguir a pié por un terreno que era plano, árido, con bastante paja y matorrales. A lo lejos se veían unas colinas detrás del río "Barras" que debíamos cruzar, sabíamos que la confluencia estaba en las colinas.

Llegamos a las faldas y continuamos por el lecho de un riachuelo seco, el sol estaba cada vez más cerca del horizonte y para no perder el tiempo decidimos subir rápidamente una de las colinas.

Fue una decisión apresurada, pues una vez arriba nos encontramos frente a un cañón que no podíamos cruzar. Intentamos varias alternativas y no nos quedó más que volver al lecho del riachuelo para continuar hasta estar a unos 150 metros lineales de la confluencia. Subimos esa otra colina y acertamos, en cosa de minutos estábamos en el punto.

Para entonces, el sol estaba sobre el horizonte y nos quedaba poca luz para hacer algunas fotografías. El regreso tuvimos que hacerlo con ayuda del GPS y de linternas.

English

28-May-2011 -- The place is on a hill, there are several dry tributaries that flow into the "Barras" river and in the horizon are viewed some higher mountains. The terrain is arid and rocky with poor vegetation, mostly bushes of straw.

We started to plan the visit to this confluence for several months, various circumstances delayed our departure, and we were finally able to schedule the visit for 28 May.

This day we expected being at the point in the afternoon, however, on repeated occasions we lost the way because as we were getting closer to the confluence, all trails seemed to end.

After trying several alternatives, we found the precise path. For this moment we had already lost several hours. We reached a place, less than 2 km of our destination, from which we could only walk along a terrain that was flat, arid, with some straw and brushwood. In the distance we saw the hills behind the river "Barras" that we had to cross, we knew that the confluence was on the hills.

We arrived at the foot of the hill and continued in the bed of a dry creek, the sun was getting closer to the horizon and we decided not to waste time and climb the hills quickly.

It was a hasty decision because once we were up, we saw in front of us a canyon that we couldn’t cross. We tried several alternatives and we had no more options but to return to the bed of the creek and to continue up to about 150 meters from the confluence. We climbed another hill and we hit, within minutes we were on the point.

By then, the sun was above the horizon and we had little light to take some photographs. We had to return with the help of GPS and flashlights.


 All pictures
#1: View of the confluence
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: The GPS registering the confluence
#7: The visitors
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