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High Plains Adventure: Lauca National Park and Poconchile, Parinacota, and Putre Villages

11 Hours
Private Activity
Strenuous
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $697 Per Person (Based on 2)

High Plains Adventure: Lauca National Park and Poconchile, Parinacota, and Putre Villages

11 Hours
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From (USD) $697 Per Person (Based on 2)

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      High Plains Adventure: Lauca National Park and Poconchile, Parinacota, and Putre Villages

      Arica, Chile
      From (USD) $697 Per Person (Based on 2)
      Highlights
      • Lluta Valley: at this stunning natural canyon carved by the Lluta River, take in the geoglyphs created thousands of years ago by some of the earliest civilizations in the region.
      • Quebrada de Cardones: an exquisite natural monument of Chile that is now the protected home of many unique species of birds, lizards, and cacti.
      • Parinacota village & Putre villages: have lunch at tribal population centers from the 17th century, originally built by the indigenous Aymara society.
      About this Arica tour

      Get familiar with the sights at one of the most notable stretches of the world's longest mountain chain. On this tour, you'll drive up into the Andes to an elevated area known as the Chilean Altiplano, stopping at several points of interest along the way.

      The reflection of the Parinacota Volcano in the majestic waters of Lake Chungara will take your breath away. This volcano is a semi-active one; a collapse on the western side 8,000 years ago formed the dam that created the lake.

      Another beautiful natural structure is the Quebrada de Cardones ravine, the only place in Chile where you can find a cactus. The ones here are formidable: candelabra cacti can grow to be five feet tall. The Quebrada de Cardones is also home to a surprisingly large array of birds and reptiles, considering its close proximity to the Atacama Desert, one of the driest in the world.

      To get a taste of the native culture as you ascend higher and higher into the Andes, you'll visit to the villages of Putre and Parinacota. After lunch at Putre, visit an ancient church in Parinacota originally erected nearly four centuries ago. If you start feeling the effects of the altitude, don't shy away from the coca tea: though it does have traces of the coca alkaloid that is also found in cocaine, it's also one of the most widely-prescribed methods of treating altitude sickness in the Andes. From gorgeous views of the land to exciting historical villages, take in a side of South America that you've only seen in magazine pictures.

      The World's Deadliestandhellip;Table?

      That's right: Inside the Parinacota Church is allegedly one of the area's biggest killers: a wooden table. As the native story goes, the table made its way to the front of a villager's house one night andndash; soon after, the man perished. To prevent more people from falling victim to this murderous piece of furniture, the table is now chained to a wall inside the church.

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      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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