With a slow rhythm that almost seems to be the result of a shamanic spell, this valley's reputation as one of the most peaceful parts of Chile has grown in the past few years.
This is the place to drop off the grid, literally, as few electronic signals make it here. If you're someone who is never left to get any peace even while on vacation, spend a few days in Codpa. The temperatures here are warmer than the altiplano, so you can take a stroll on the pampa among candelabra cactuses at dusk and gaze up at the star-filled sky at night.
Codpa is surrounded by interesting ravines and hot springs that you can explore by bicycle. You'll find good lodging year round complete with tour services.
If Azapa is the valley of olives, Codpa is the valley of Pintatani wine. According to local legend, the homemade beverage is produced according to a tradition was developed when the first vines of this grape variety were planted in the valley by Spanish colonists. The local harvest festival attracts many visitors and is never lacking for music, dancing or candidates for Harvest Queen.
|Parque Nacional Lauca||Parinacota|
|Putre||San Miguel de Azapa|
|Valle de Codpa||Salar de Surire|
|Arica - Putre - Lago Chungará|
Codpa is about 114 km from Arica. Take Route 5 south, then following a well-maintained side road east.