Trails of Altiplano
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT ARICA & CITY TOUR
After arrival at Arica Airport, we start visiting the city centre of Arica. Afterwards we will drive up to historical Morro hill, a headland which was the scene of one of the victories of the Chilean army during the Pacific War. Later we drive on into the Azapa valley to visit the “Miguel de Azapa” Archaeological Museum. Return to your hotel in Arica.
DAY 2: FROM THE PACIFIC TO THE HIGHLANDS (TRANSFER ARICA, SOCORAMA, PUTRE)
We leave Arica after breakfast and head towards Putre. Driving through the Lluta Valley we will see geoglyphs and Incan “colcas” (silos for storing agricultural products). Soon we arrive at the village of Poconchile, which has one of Chile’s oldest churches. We go on and reach the Quebrada de Cardones (canyon), a protected area of Pre-Andean landscape. Continuing we visit Pukará de Copaquilla, an Incan fortress dating back to the 12th century. Socorama is the next highlight to be visited. It is an Aymara farming village featuring cobbled streets, the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco (church). In the afternoon we reach our final destination Putre (altitude of 3.530 m), an appealing Aymara village with a 17th-century church.
DAY 3: TRANSFER PUTRE, LAUCA NP, PARINACOTA, ARICA
Today you will explore the Lauca National Park. We leave Putre and head east on the International Highway “Chile 11”, which connects with Bolivia. Soon we reach Cotacotani Lagoons, a set of four lagoons connected by channels and natural cascades. Along its shores you will see birdlife and queñoa, one of the world’s highest elevation trees. Then we will go on to Chungará Lake, located at 4.600 m above sea level and therefore one of the highest lakes in the world. Enjoy the views of the snow-capped twin volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerape in the background. We leave Chungará Lake and head back towards Arica with a detour to Parinacota village, a tiny Aymara village with a 17th-century colonial church with frescoes and skulls of past priests. Afterwards return to Arica.
DAY 4: TRANSFER TO ARICA AIRPORT
After breakfast transfer to Arica Airport.