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Tour Arica Putre Lago Chungara

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The Altiplano Route

Begin your journey in Arica, setting out in the morning for the Azapa Valley, stopping to visit the museum and archeological sites such as the La Tropilla Geoglyphs and Cerro Sagrado. As the road takes you inland, you will come to Poconchile, which is famous for its colonial cemetery and the San Gerónimo Church. Next along the road is Boca Negra, a scenic lookout that offers a stunning view of the Lluta Valley, followed at more than 2,000 meters by Cuesta del Águila and Quebrada de Cardones, a ravine set into the land of the "candelabra cactus," a species that dominates the area because of its size and beautiful shape. Stop for a photo at any of several other lookout points along the route, such as Copaquilla. Before you reach Putre, you'll have an opportunity to visit the Tambo de Zapahuira and the town of Socoroma.

The next day, continue your journey to Lake Chungará inside Lauca National Park. Visit the Jurasi Hot Springs, the Laguna de Cotacotani wetlands, and Las Cuevas and Chucuyo, where you can learn to weave with alpaca wool. Finally, you'll pass Parinacota before arriving at Lake Chungará.

Each area in this region is imbued with the presence of Chile's indigenous people, whose spirit inhabits the territory. Hike a trail up a rugged ravine to an ancient rock art site, or take in the geoglyphs and ancient burial sites on the plain. Here, the Pachamama and Inti still watch over the land.

On the road from Arica to Lake Chungará, stop to visit Alto Ramírez, where hillsides such as Cerro Sombrero and La Tropilla contain geoglyphs and paintings. You can also visit other sacred sites such as Quebrada de Las Llosyas ravine and the area of burial mounds.

Further along the same valley, you will come to Pucará de San Lorenzo, a stepped hillside fort that local residents used to defend themselves in the 12th century.

Featured Destinations

A Ollagüe
B  Parque Nacional Lauca
C Parinacota
D  Putre
E  San Miguel de Azapa
F  Valle de Codpa
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Take a Tour Geoglyphs
Most of the organized tours along this route are by minibus and include breakfast and lunch, snacks along the way, dinner and lodging in Putre, oxygen for "altitude sickness" and admission to the hot springs. Visit the "geoglyph panels" of La Rana, Hombre Chico, Águila and El Gigante de Lluta, and stroll through the Incan village of Rosario. The geoglyphs are best viewed before sunset, when their outlines can be most clearly distinguished.


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