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Bolivia : Oruro

5.1 km (3.2 miles) NW of Estancia Piscoma, Oruro, Bolivia
Approx. altitude: 3677 m (12063 ft)
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Antipode: 19°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

29-May-2011 -- El lugar está en una planicie al norte del "Salar de Coipasa". El suelo es arenoso y con arbustos de paja. No hay ríos cerca; sin embargo, el suelo parece el lecho de un lago. Es un paraje desértico en el que a lo lejos se ven algunas montañas.

Se planeó la visita a esta confluencia junto con la confluencia 18°S 68°W. El plan era visitarla el 29 de Mayo y no parecía complicado, aunque nos preocupaba lo lejos que estaba de cualquier otro lugar. El punto más cercano a un camino de tierra era a 6.3 kilómetros al sur.

Nuestra intención era acercarnos lo más posible antes de comenzar la caminata. Cuando nos íbamos acercando al punto de inicio, vimos algunos senderos hechos por vehículos que parecían ir más cerca del punto, por lo que decidimos desviarnos siguiendo esas huellas.

No había nubes, el sol estaba intenso y no había viento, esto nos daba la confianza de tener el tiempo suficiente para acercarnos un poco más. Las huellas tomaron un rumbo que ya no era conveniente, así que a partir de ahí comenzamos la caminata. Acercarnos más en el vehículo resultaba ser muy arriesgado debido al suelo arenoso; no queríamos quedar varados en medio de un desierto.

Finalmente, iniciamos la caminata a las 13:00; sin pausas llegamos al punto a las 13:45.

English

29-May-2011 -- The place is on a plain to the north of the "Salar de Coipasa" ("Coipasa salt flat"). The soil is sandy with bushes of straw. There are no rivers nearby; however, the ground appears to the bed of a lake. It is a desert landscape in which in the distance you can see some mountains.

We planned the visit to the confluence together with the confluence 18°S 68°W. The plan was to visit it on 29 May and did not seem complicated, but we were concerned about how far it was from anywhere else. The nearest point from a dirt road was 6.3 km south.

Our intention was to get as close as possible before starting the trek. When we approached the starting point, we saw some tracks made by vehicles which appeared to go near the point, so we decided to detour along those tracks.

There were no clouds, the sun was intense and there was no wind, this gave us the confidence of having enough time to approach a little more. The tracks took a course that was no longer appropriate, so from there we started the trek. Getting closer in the vehicle turned out to be very risky because of the sandy soil; we didn’t want to get stuck in the middle of a desert.

Finally, we started the trek at 13:00, without pausing we reached the point at 13:45.


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#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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