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Putre Chile: Extreme North Tour (4 days)

Go on an unforgettable 4-day tour around northern Chile. You will be able to admire truly incredible landscapes, discover a unique and diverse wildlife, and learn about Ayamara culture with a native local guide.

USD $854.00USD $1,620.00

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Discover the Amazing Nature and Culture of Northern Chile

This beautiful circuit is an unforgettable journey through the altiplano of the extreme north of Chile, encompassing the altiplanos of the Arica and Parinacota regions, and the whole Tarapacá region. It is an integrated circuit of both regions, where you will be able to admire its different landscapes and the diversity of the local flora and fauna. It has ecosystems and species of high conservation importance. You will be able to visit five parks with protected wild areas such as: Quebrada de Cardones Natural Monument, Lauca National Park, Las Vicuñas National Reserve, Salar de Surire Natural Monument and Isluga Volcano National Park.

You will also discover two UNESCO patrimonies: Salitrera Humbestone and Qhapaq Ñan (an important Andean road). This tour is also an amazing opportunity to meet the people who live in this altiplano.  This tour is a lot about nature, far from the crowds, where you will be able to safely connect with peace and tranquility. You will guided be local people from the Ayamara community, allowing to go an authentic and sustainable trip.

When taking this circuit, you will have two possibilities: you can start in Arica and end in Iquique, or do it the other way around.

Highlights

  • See some stunning landscapes such as Chungara Lake, Surire Salt Flat, Cotacotani Lakes, Quebrada de Cardones.
  • Visit some local villages in the precordillera and altiplano regions
  • Discover an incredibly diverse flora and fauna
  • Get to know various points of archaeological interest
  • Enjoy some relaxing times in Jurasi and Polloquere Hot Springs
  • Admire some breathtaking local volcanoes

Tour Information

Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Start/End location: Arica/Iquique, pick-up from your hotel/hostel or from the airport
Availability: All year round
Miscellaneous: from 12 to 65, good physical condition is required

Itinerary

Day 1
Arica – Putre, Chile 3,500 meters (11,482.94 ft)

The first day of this circuit is a journey of acclimatization, and it will begin in the morning in the city of Arica, with a visit to the fruit and vegetable terminal ASOAGRO. You will then go on the archaeological circuit called “Cerro Sombrero”, and see the geoglyphs of “La Tropilla” and “Danzarines”, and then visit to the archaeological museum of San Miguel de Azapa. After that, you will go to Lluta Valley Viewpoint, Poconchile Village and Church, and go on Candelabro Cactus Trail.

Then you will reach Mallku Village, and make a stop at Copaquilla Pukara Viewpoint and Trail. You will afterwards continue your journey and head towards Zapahuira Tambo, 2 Apachetas Trail, and visit a UNESCO Heritage site (Qhapaq Ñan). This first day will end with Socoroma Village Trail, and Putre High Viewpoint before going to your place of lodging and have dinner.

Hours: 09:30 am – 17:00 pm

Day 2
Putre, Chile – Chungara Lake 4,517 meters (14,819.55 ft) – Putre, Chile

You are first going to go on an Excursion to Lauca National Park, take a trail to the great “Caverna”, and visit to CONAF nursery “Las Cuevas”. Then you will go to Chucuyo viewpoint, and see the “Payachatas” volcanoes (Parinacota and Pomerape), as well as Cotacotani lagoon viewpoint. After that you will take another trail in Lake Chungara, visit the Church and village of Parinacota, before going on ceremonial pukara trail in the village of Parinacota. You will then your day by diving into Jurasi hot springs near Putre, where you will afterwards go back to spend the night.

Hours: 09:00 am – 18:30 pm

Day 3
Putre, Chile – Salar de Surire 4,250 meters (13,943.57 ft)  – Colchane, Chile

You are going to head towards southeast to go on an excursion to Lauca National Park, Las Vicuñas National Reserve, and bofedal trail in the village of Misitune village. Then you are going to see “Diablo Marka” viewpoint and Chuga village, and admire local kimsachata volcanoes (Guallatire, Capurata and Acotango). After that, you will get to see the minor chapel of Ancuta, the village and church of Guallatire, Lauca river bridge and Surire Salt Lake.

You are then going to pass through Chilcaya carabineros control, cross the salt flat and see some flamingos before taking a bath in Polloquere hot springs. This will be followed by an excursion to Isluga Volcano National Park, mocomocone pass, Allavire viewpoint, and Enquelga village. Your last visit of the day will be Isluga village and its church, before going Colchane where you will spend the night.

Hours: 08:00 am – 18:00 pm

Day 4
Colchane – Cariquima 3,800 meters (12,467.19 ft) – Humberstone – Iquique

This last day will start with a visit of Colchane, followed by a hike in the giant cactus trail in the town of Cariquima. Then you will visit Cariquima museum, go on a rocky path in the town of Quebe, and marvel at the view from a viewpoint in the town of Chusmiza. The rest of the day will be dedicated to the visit of Tarapacá Cerro Unitas, the town of Huara, and Humberstone saltpeter before reaching Iquique.

Hours: 08:00 am – 16:00 pm

What’s Included

  • Lodging in Putre, Chile and Colchane
  • Transportation (with oxygen and first aid kit)
  • Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guides
  • Hotel or airport pick-up
  • Museum and hot springs entrances
  • Water without gas
  • Driver
  • Bilingual guide (optional)

What’s Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Extra food
  • Drinks
  • Everything not mentioned in the program

What To Bring

  • Sunglasses with UV filter
  • A windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Backpack (35 to 45 liters)
  • Hiking boots, good cane boots are essential to prevent sprains and slips
  • Hat or cap
  • Long pants and long sleeves to protect yourself from the sun and ultraviolet rays, plants and slight bites
  • Sun block and lip balm.
  • Insurance

Important Notes

  • The weather during the months of January and February can be rainy, therefore you must bring a raincoat.
  • The weather in July and August in Winter can be snowy, therefore you must bring warm clothes.
  • This tour is for people who are able to walk in altitude and in altiplano chile.
  • Your physical condition must be compatible with this tour
  • You must show respect for local animals, do not chase or interfere with their nests. Observe, admire and photograph them from a certain distance.
  • Do not cut flowers and never take any cultural elements with you.
  • Avoid marking the route, to leave signs or to scratch the rocks, not to throw garbage.
  • Be punctual, responsible and do not violate laws and order during the experience.
  • Please inform us of any problem, inconvenience or situation that could become an even greater problem.
  • It is your responsibility to determine that your physical condition is good enough to undertake the trip.
  • The travelers are entirely responsible for their belongings, themselves, for their safety and behavior, therefore Keteka and its organizers can’t be held responsible regarding this or other factors outside the planning of this experience in altiplano Chile.

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