About Salinas de Garci Mendoza

Salinas de Garci Mendoza (formerly: Salinas de Thunupa) is a town in the Bolivian Oruro Department.

Salinas de Garci Mendoza is the administrative center of Ladislao Cabrera Province and is located 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Oruro, the department capital. It is situated at an elevation of 3,732 m (12,244 ft) at Cerro Caricha (4,227 m, 13,868 ft), 20 km north of the stratovolcanoTunupa. Salar de Coipasa salt lake is 20 km north-west of Salinas de Garci Mendoza, and 15 km in south-eastern direction is Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt pan. Salinas de Garci Mendoza is endpoint of the road from Chuquichamba via Andamarca and Aroma to Salinas de Garci Mendoza.

Salinas de Garci Mendoza bears the title "Capital of Quinoa" because of the intensive cultivation of the quinoa crop in this area