The Tunupa volcano is considered sacred by the communities that surround it such us Jirira, Ayk'e, Moqueta, Chantani, Vinto, Central Tawa, Chirivilla and Huaylluma.
It is called Tunupa in honor of the God of thunder "Tunupa", supreme creator of nature and master of order in the world. According to the legend Tunupa had power over the thunders, volcanoes and water and he died on his raft at Titicaca Lake. His raft was lead by the wind until the edges of Chacamarca were it crashed with the shore and opened a big river at the south side of Titicaca Lake. The lake started dripping and formed a river known as Aullagas named today as Desaguadero.
Climbing the Tunupa Volcano is not difficult and won't be hard if you're in a good shape. Three to four hours hiking are needed to reach 4700 meter viewpoint of the Tunupa. It's considered the first level of the volcano where you'll enjoy exceptional views of the Uyuni Salt Flat.