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Pacific Ozean, Atacama, Lauca National Park

Pacific, Atacama, Lauca National Park

Duration:
5 days
Starting point:
Arica
Severity:
easy

Arrival

The tour starts in Arica, Chile’s northernmost city (2,085 km North of Santiago). Can be reached by public transport from Santiago (Chile), La Paz (Bolivia) and Peru.

Tour Description

Day 1 - Arica: City tour, boat ride to see Humboldt penguins and sea lions

Arica – Chile’s northernmost city is a green oasis in the middle of the Atacama Desert located on the Pacific coast. A city tour takes us to the famous Eifel cathedral and to Arica’s highest point and city landmark, the Morro. In the evening we visit Arica’s sea lion and penguin colonies during a boat tour. The boat offers a good view on the cute Humboldt penguins and sea lions. The evening ends with a cozy sunset picnic on deck.

Day 2 - Putre: archaeological tour, ride through the Atacama up to Putre, hike

On the archaeological circuit through the oasis valleys Azapa and Lluta we reach back to the beginnings of humankind. Gigantic drawings in the sand dating from the pre-columbian era, so-called geoglyphs, lead the way. We have in front of us one of the most mirific rides crossing the pass which connects Bolivia with the Pacific Ocean. We leave the oasis valleys behind us, cross the desert and reach Putre located at 3,500 m altitude. On the way we see the Candelabro-cacti which can grow more than 5 meters high, experience magnetic related phenomena and visit Inca fortifications. Once arrived in Putre we go on an easy hike at the foot of the Taapaca in order to get aclimatised.

Day 3 - Putre: hike to stone paintings, hot springs of Jurasi

Putre is a walker’s paradise. Old paths which today only few farmers use lead the way along deep gorges and green terrace fields to pre-hispanic stone paintings. A 14 km long circular route takes us to a first summit, Cerro Pitacane (3,534 m), which offers great views over neighbouring volcano peaks covered by ice and over the Lluta-Tal. During the hike a great diversity of cacti and blooming flowers captivate the hiker. After the hike we make an excursion to the Jurasi spa located at 4,200 m altitude.

Day 4 - Putre: Lauca National Park, hike to Laguna Cotacotani and to Pariancota’s Bofedale

The Lauca National Park is famous for its perfectly shaped twin volcanoes and for Lake Chungará, the highest lake in the world situated at 4,570 m altitude. We undertake 2 hikes to the Cotacotani lagoons with their breathtaking volcanic scenery over the 6,000 m high peaks of Parinacota and Pomerape. Another highlight is the Altiplano village of Parinacota situated at 4,400 m altitude. We visit the village and walk along Parinacota’s Bofedal, the humid pasture land used for alpacas and lamas. We also get aquainted with the rich avifauna of Lauca Park. Chances are good during the hikes to see some of the local wildlife like guanacos, vicuñas, vizcachas, flamingos and suri, an oestrich species.

Day 5 - Return to Arica

After a good breakfast we leave the heighlands and drive back to the seaside to Arica.

Services included

  • Local English speaking guide
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in double room
  • Lunch boxes days 3 and 4
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat tour in Arica
  • Single supplement 75 Euro

Price

4 persons:
389 EUR p. P.
3 persons:
478 EUR p. P.
2 persons:
619 EUR p. P.
1 person:
999 EUR p. P.
 

Important Notes

  • On request sit-in bookings possible

[Reservation]

Through Atacama we get to PutreGeoglyphen in den Oasentälernbei Arica The sea landscape of Cotacotani in the Lauca national park with the Parinacota and Pomerape in the backgroundThe church of Parinacota shows many spanish influencesOffshore Arica there are many penguin colonies