Parque Nacional Sajama is the first protected area in Bolivia, created in 1939. Sajama was the first monitoring site established and the practical basis for the installation of the other GLORIA sites in Bolivia; it´s installation encouraged the organization of the first GLORIA Course, as well as workshops on perception and adaptation of indigenous communities to climate change.


This site is located in the Western Cordillera of Bolivia, within the Sajama National Park, surrounding the town and the Sajama mountain, approximately at -18.150 LS and -68.880 LO.

The prospecting and installation of the site began in 2006 for Jasasuni, in 2007 for Huincurata and Sumac, and 2008 for Pacollo.


Pacollo (PAC, 4192 masl), Huincurata (HUI, 4567 masl), Sumac (SUM, 4767 masl), Jasasuni (JAS, 4931 masl)

Responsible institution:

Herbario Nacional de Bolivia (LPB)

Site coordinators: Stephan Beck ( y Rosa Isela Meneses (

Botanist/Taxonomist: Rosa Isela Meneses y Stephan Beck

Related resources:

Beck S, A Domic, C García, RI Meneses, K Yager & S Halloy. 2010. El Parque Nacional Sajama y sus Plantas, Departamento de Oruro, Bolivia. Herbario Nacional de Bolivia, La Paz, Bolivia. Pp. 252.

Site richness: 85 species, 47 genera, 18 families

* Total number of vascular plant species (including all summit area sections)
** Mean total cover of vascular plants in the 16 1m2 plots

Polylepis tarapacana Sajama Foto Arely Palabral

Soil temperature monthly values (-10 cm) mean, maximum and minimum of Parque Nacional Sajama, analyzed from temperature data loggers located in each summit as part of GLORIA methods.

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