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The Mururata (which in Aymara means "the one which is cut") is a glacier mountain located in the Murillo Province, in the Department of La Paz. It is considered to be one of the great achachilas (guardian spirits of the Aymara people). It forms part of the Cordillera Central and has an altitude of 5869 meters. Its top, which is in fact a plateau of 8 km, characterizes the Mururata long by 2 km wide. This glacier is one of the main sources of water for the municipality of Palca, both for consumption and for crop irrigation. This mountain is a tourist attraction, especially for those who are interested in mountaineering.
The Illimani (which in Aymara means "golden eagle") is a glacier mountain that is located between the municipalities of Palca and Irupana in the department of La Paz. It dates back about 65 million years ago and is located 72 km from the city of La Paz. This mountain is the highest peak in the Cordillera Real and one of the highest peaks in Bolivia, with a peak that reaches 6350 m and a length of about 8 km. It dates back about 65 million years ago and is located 72 km from the city of La Paz. It has 5 peaks of which the best-known and most difficult one for climbers is the "Southern Peak".
The Sajama (which in Aymara means "west") is a glacier mountain located in the Sajama National Park (which was the first national park to be established in Bolivia, in 1941), located in the northeast of the Department of Oruro, between the municipalities of 'Curahuara de Carangas' and Turco, in the Sajama Province. It makes part of the Western Cordillera and has an altitute of 6,542 meters above sea level, which makes it the country's highest peak.
Basin of the Rivers Mauri and Desaguadero
The Mauri River finds its source in southeastern Peru, but most of it flows through Bolivia (124 kilometers), feeding the Desaguadero River, which runs 433 km from the Titicaca Lake (La Paz) to the PoopĆ³ lake (Oruro). The river Mauri has a regulating function for the salinity of the Desaguadero River. Both maintain the wildlife in the area and are the base for the livelihoods of the communities along the riverside.

Glaciers have their existence in the world since thousands of years. These ice giants are not only a major tourist attraction, they also play an important role in our environment: they are the main source of fresh water. In recent years, global warming is causing glaciers to lose their ice mass, which will create difficulties for water access in the future.

In Agua Sustentable, we wish to properly understand the issue of glaciers in Bolivia. This motivated us to create this space dedicated to the glaciers. This page aims to provide information and knowledge on the issue of glaciers in Bolivia and in the world. Thus, a better understanding of what is happening will be possible and some initiatives that Agua Sustentable proposes to address this situation will be explained.


Project: Adapting to climate change in Andean communities that depend on tropical glaciers in Bolivia

Project: Strengthening the capacity of resilience against climate risks and trends in indigenous communities that are dependent on tropical glaciers in Bolivia

Project: Adapting to climate change in regions affected by the retreat of tropical glaciers in Bolivia

Project: Down the mountain, "Understanding the vulnerabilities of Andean communities to climate variability and global climate change"

Project: Strengthening of local investment plans and adaptation to climate change in the Bolivian Plateau


Actualización: J.A.G.S.- copyright 2014 Agua Sustentable