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Parque Nacional Lauca

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Address: Arica, Chile
Activities: Mountaineering
Description: This national park is home to vicuna, alpaca, wild chinchilla and many...
This national park is home to vicuna, alpaca, wild chinchilla and many other indigenous Chilean animal species.
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Lake Chungara one of the most beautiful places on earth

One day tour would have been better as two ... so much to see. Putre, the district capital looks like the set of a Clint Eastwood western -- very atmospheric! The desert is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Maidenhead
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

One day tour would have been better as two ... so much to see. Putre, the district capital looks like the set of a Clint Eastwood western -- very atmospheric! The desert is impressively empty and ominous, gradually giving way to the green of the Altiplana. However, the highlight is Lake Chungara. Stunningly beautiful, this isolated, deep blue lake is... More 

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Blue Hill, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Going to the park to see Lake Chungara and the volcanos at over 4,000 meters is worth the long, arduous trip--if you have the right tour guide. We were lucky to have Santiago Tamani, of Sol del Norte tours, an expert who takes good care of his group. He gave good tips on avoiding altitude sickness while also informing us... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I loved Lauca and would recommend anyone to visit. It was not very easy to get there, basically the only affordable option was a 1-day trip from Arica which is many hours spent in a bus. It was worth it though! Beautiful altiplanos, vulcanoes, wild flamingos, vicunas, llamas, alpacas, vizcachas, etc. I would have loved to spend a few days... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

A beautiful park not to missed in Northern Chile. I was short on time so did the 1 day trip from Arica, all sorted out for me by Ross at Sunny Days hostel! I had heard this can be risky due to the sudden increase in altitude, however I had already spent time at high altitude so this wasn't a... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We did a 3-day tour of Parque Lauca starting and ending in Arica and staying 2 nights in Putre. We had previously spent 4 days and nights in San Pedro de Atacama. The time spent at and above San Pedro’s 2400m probably helped acclimatize so that after a rather headachey first night we were fine at Putre’s 3500m and the... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

It was a wonderful day. The nationalpark lauca is very nice and offers some spectacular views. if you are in arica and you have a day left, you should go to lauca. You won't regret it...

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had a totally wonderful day tour to the National Park. The views were out of this world and the altitude did not cause us problems although several fellow travellers felt very sick.

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Curitiba, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I ted visited it when coming from Bolivia to Chile. The Park has an amazing landscape. You can see the Vulcano Parinacota and also others vulcanos in Bolivia including the Sajama. We camped in the Park camping area, that has almost no infraestructure but the best view ever!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We did this 1 day tour after visiting the Uyuni salt flats and San Pedro's Valle de la Luna. Although the landscape was nice, it was very much a less beautiful version of what we saw before. If you have visited Uyuni (and the closeby National Park) you will be disappointed.

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Kendal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Excellent landscape and wildlife photographic opportunities. Really helps to have a knowledgeable guide. This landscape really is unique, and one of the driest in the world (ultra-arid desert)

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