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Parque Nacional Lauca

Arica, Chile
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Arica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks
Activities: Mountaineering
Description: This national park is home to vicuna, alpaca, wild chinchilla and many other indigenous Chilean animal species.
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Kendal
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The park is beautiful, definitely worth the effort getting there. We spent 3 days exploring the park, lake Changara, Surire and Suriplaza. In the whole time we have not met any other tourists. You get the feeling to be close to the nature and having it all unspoiled and unexplored just to yourself. Both 3 places are different and worth... More

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northeast us
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

It is totally worth it to take three days to visit this part of Chile and Orlando does a gret tour. We were a group of five - enough to keep the price down, bur not too many. Orlando used a small bus, so there was plenty of room. The first day was spent learning about the area, buying food... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

We didn't have more than one day to spend but it was excellent! We had a private tour, in a small van, yes it was more expensive, but so nice. The hotel was able to set it up within 36 hours. We also went on Monday and didn't see any other tourists. It really is an amazing place. It sounds... More

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Moorea, French Polynesia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
66 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

A beautiful park with many wild animals and water fowl, lake Chungara is just stunning. Unfortunately only one day tours are offered and it's a long drive from Arica. Many people suffered from altitude sickness.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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10 reviews 10 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Highway 11, the road to Lauca National Park, is also the major road used by Bolivian truck drivers (24 hours) and tourists should avoid using the road at night. From Arica one travels through fertile Lluta valley which is surrounded by the Atacama desert, known as the driest desert in the world, as well as one of the oldest deserts... More

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San Francisco
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I went from Putre to Lauca and thought it was an excellent trip in regards to scenery and wild life.

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Brigham City, UT
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

If you're in Northern Chile, you need to go see this Park and all it's beauty. It is a uniquely beautiful landscape and an experience you won't forget. Very photogenic lakes, desert, dormant volcanoes. You can also see Flamingos (yes flamingos), Llamas, Vicuna, and other wild life. If you have a good driver, on the ride up, you'll also see... More

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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249 reviews 249 reviews
43 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

We took a harrowing 5 hour bus ride up a scary winding mountain road and arrived at 15,500 foot elevation. The scenery was breathless and so were we. Despite the harrowing mountain road and lack of oxygen we saw amazing sights. Wild alpacas, llamas and other mammals not seen elsewhere. Flamingoes, vultures and many other birds abound. Fabulous views of... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

If god created the world in 7 days, he would have spent at 3-4 days creating Lauca. The magic on the way there and once you get to the lake is majestic. We booked the 1 day tour from Arica and paid 20,000 Pesos. We picked the right agency too because the bus had a toilet and it paid off... More

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