Quime is a small town of 3000 people in an isolated Andean valley at 3000 m. altitude. People have lived in the valley over a thousend years, at least since Tiahuanaco times. In the surrrounding mountains there are 31 native indigenous Aimara villages and numerous cooperative mines. Most of the people are dedicated to subsistance farming, and when mineral prices are high, primitive mining.
Quime is a friendly isolated town that hasn´t seen much in the way of international visitors. The people continue to invite visitors to their fiestas, fields and mines.
Quime´s climate is cool temperate. The high temperatures range between 15-25 C, the lows between 5-12 C. Global warming has been notable in the area. With rising temperatures, rainy season has become unpredictable. Instead of summer (December-March) rains now have rainy seasons in Spring and Fall (September – October and March-April).
The mountains and valleys near Quime remain semi-wilderness areas, a combination of high Andean puna, grasslands, cloud forests, chapparal and dry Chaco woodlands.