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Lauca National Park and High Chilean Andes (5 Days/4 Nights)

Discover every aspect of Northern Chile! On this tour you will see a stunning nature, an incredibly diverse flora and fauna, and learn about the native culture with a local guide.

USD $959.00USD $1,933.00

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Discover an Unforgettable Pristine Altiplano!

On this high Andean circuit, you will be able to discover the best parts of the altiplano of the extreme north of Chile, in the region of Arica and Parinacota.  You will get to know some spectacular colorful mountains called Suriplaza, and learn about the culture and traditions of the inhabitants of Putre. On this tour will also visit the beautiful Lauca National Park and its stunning nature and wildlife. Together with a local guide, you will also be able to learn how the native people used to cultivate this land, like the oregano culture, known by the settlers as “Green Gold”. More than that, you will also see some colonial churches and learn about their restoration process.

This tour is made with native local guides, enabling you to get the most authentic experience.

Highlights

  • Marvel at local landscapes such as Chungara Lake, Cotacotani Lakes and Quebrada de Cardones.
  • Admire the beautiful Lauca National Park
  • Visit some local altiplano and precordillera villages
  • Discover a stunning flora and fauna
  • Get to know the archeological history of the area
  • Relax in hot springs
  • Taapaca and Tacora volcanoes

Tour Information

Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Start/End Location: Arica
Availability: All year round
Miscellaneous: – From 12 to 65
– Good physical condition is required

Itinerary

Day 1
Arica – Putre 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 – Surire 4,250 meters (13,943.57 ft)- Putre

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. Your last visit of the day will be CONAF Surire nursery where you can observe Vizcachas (native fauna). Then you will go back to Putre, lodging and dinner.
Schedule: 08:00 am – 18:00 pm

Day 3
Putre – Quebrada de Allane 4.200 msnm – Cerro Suriplaza- Putre

On this third day you are first going to take a route around Taapaca volcano, and reach a viewpoint over Putre (located 4,800 meters above sea level, 15,748 ft). Then you are going to head towards the commune of General Lagos, to allane ravine, and to Colpita village to take bofedal trail. There, you will be able to observe some Llareta (native flora), before taking a trail to Cerro Suriplaza base camp. From that point, you are going to observe Taapaca volcano, Tacora volcano and mountains of colors. You will also visit Ancolacane and Hospicio villages and see Quebrada de Allane river. After that you will go back to Putre to have dinner and spend the night.
08:30 am – 16:00 pm

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

On this last day you are first going to go on Excursion to Lauca National Park, visit “La Gran Caverna” trail, and CONAF nursery “Las Cuevas”. Then you will head towards the sector of “Chaku” (ancestral technique for capturing vicuñas), and see the “Payachatas” volcanoes (Parinacota and Pomerape). After that, you will go to Cotacotani lagoon viewpoint, to a trail in Lake Chungara, and visit the Church and village of Parinacota. You will afterwards take the ceremonial pukara hill trail in the village of Parinacota, and dive into Jurasi hot springs near Putre before going back to your accommodation.
Schedule: 09:00 am – 18:00 pm

Day 5
Putre – Bethlehem 3,200 meters (10,498.69 ft) – Ticnamar – Arica

On your last day you are going to see the high viewpoint of Putre, take the precordillera route, and visit the churches and villages of Pachama and Belén. Then you will go to the virgin viewpoint of Tojo Tojone, the village of Ticnamar, and take the Old Ticnamar trail. You will aslo visit Mullipungo. This tour will end with the Quebrada del Cóndor, and tutelary presences trail before going back to Arica.
Hours: 09:00 am – 17:30 pm

What’s Included

  • Lodging in Putre 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

  • You have two options for this tour: Option 1: The circuit starts and ends in the city of Arica, pick up from your accommodation.
    Option 2: The circuit begins from airport Chacalluta airport in Arica, which the program in its beginnings would have a variant, to cross only the valley of Lluta, visiting archaeological circuit: the frog, the eagle, giants of Lluta, colcas of huailacan until arriving at Poconchile, then it would go back to normal.
    This tour can end at Chacalluta Airport.
  • 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 Surire Chile.

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