On this tour in northern Chile, you will have the opportunity to get to know the region with a local native guide. You will be able to learn about the Aymara culture and history and see a breathtaking nature.
This tour of altiplano Chile invites you to get to know Lauca Biosphere Reserve as well as the local way of life and the main economic activities. You will also see the restored churches of the towns of Socoroma, Pachama, Belén and Ticnamar Viejo, as well as an incredible diversity of native species of flora and fauna, before passing through parts of the “Atacama Desert” the most arid in the world. Then you will visit Lauca Biosphere Reserve, which is made up of Lauca National Park, Las Vicuñas National Reserve and Salar de Surire Natural Monument, with 358,262 hectares of protected wilderness managed by the National Forestry Corporation.
You will go on this tour with specialized native guides and have the opportunity to be in contact with Aymara people, and visit places full of nature and peace. Your Aymara guides know every corner of the area and spectacular views of this Andean territory, making the circuit even more authentic.
Duration: 4 days
Start/End location: Arica, pick-up from your hotel/hostel or from the airport
Availability: All year round
Miscellaneous: from 12 to 65, good physical condition is required
Arica, Chile – 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
Putre – Surire Salt Flat 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
Putre – Chungara Lake 4,517 meters (14,819.55 ft) – Putre
On this third 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 accoommodation in Putre.
Hours: 09:00 am – 18:30 pm
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. 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
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