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The Sajama National Park includes geological natural wonders made up of flora, fauna, thermal springs and also cultural wonders such as polychromed chullpas (pre-hispanic burial buildings), cave paintings, pucaras and colonial architecture and art. The native population, proud of what they have, has always tried to preserve their way of life as well as the ambience that surrounds it. The park is the first protected area in Bolivia. It was declared a natural reserve in 1939 because of its khe駏a (Polilepis tarapacana) that grows on its hillsides and that constitute the highest forests in the world. The region's main inhabitants are Aymara Indians of Caranga origin, grouped in ayllus. The area is one of the ones that has best preserved the traditional indigenous social organizations, the customs and mythic-religious beliefs. During the 1980s, the citizens of the counties that make up the Park grouped together in an organization called "Jacchacarangas", which means "Great Carangas", with the purpose of strengthening the ayllus and improve the production activities.

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