High Plains Adventure: Lauca National Park and Poconchile, Parinacota, and Putre Villages
- 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.
Arica Cruise Ship Pier. Your guide will be standing on your ship's pier close to where you will disembark. They will holding a sign with your name on it.
We recommend that you purchase light meals throughout the day at your stops, not to drink alcohol and not to smoke! Throughout this tour you will be at high altitudes (maximum altitude 14,000 feet will be reached gradually) and you must judge your abilities accordingly. Air-conditioned transportation in Arica cannot be guaranteed. Please bring some cash for any purchases you might like to make.
This tour's activity level is strenuous. Anticipate walking over some uneven surfaces and paved walkways and climbing a few stairs.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Full Day
Beverages - Water
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Although maximum altitude will be reached gradually, this tour is not recommended for travelers with heart or respiratory problems.
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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