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4 Days / 3 Nights

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1st. Day: ARICA / PUTRE
Arrival to Arica. Reception at the airport and departure heading inland passing the Lluta oasis. Enormous geoglyphs from the Tiawanaku culture can be seen and a petroglyph area is visited. Poconchile, an ancient prehispanic settlement with an interesting church dating from the XVII century , is passed through. Heading on through the desert, Pukará de Copaquilla, an ancient fortress, is reached. Arrival to Putre, a town with colonial gridlines located at 3,500 m (11,500 feet) above sea level where we will overnight and acclimatize.
2nd. Day: PUTRE / SURIRI SALT FLAT /PUTRE
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the Suriri salt flat, 127 kms (80 miles) South East of Putre at 4.300 m (14,000 feet) above sea level. Las Vicuñas National reservation is visited (where the Vicuña is a protected species) as well as the stone-built towns of Ancuta, Guallatiri and Viluvio where the Aymara indians live from alpaca and llama breeding. The excursion continues along the altiplano in the shadow of numerous snow capped peaks amongst which one will find the Guallatiri Volcano which is permanently smoking. One may see en route ñandues (american ostrich) known as "suri" in the Aymara language and which gives the name to the Salt Flat "Suriri" (place of Suris). The salt flat, declared a national monument, is a breeding ground for three types of flamingoes. In the afternoon return to Putre. Overnight in Putre.
3rd. Day: PUTRE / LAKE CHUNGARA / ARICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to the Lauca National Park with its impressive sights and wide variety of andean flora and fauna. Stop to partake in an andean ritual, "Apacheta", a ceremony dedicated to the sacred spirits of the high peaks of the Andes that invokes their protection and well being for the road ahead. The excursion continues visitng Lake Chungará, surrounded by the impressive Payachatas volcanoes, and then on to Parinacota, an aymara ceremonial village and one of the oldest in the area. Return to Arica, brief city tour and visit to the Miguel de Azapa Museum. Overnight in Arica.
4th. Day: ARICA
Breakfast at the hotel. At the agreed time transfer to the airport for the departure flight.
 
NOTES
Minimum 2 passengers in private and SIB services.
Operates all year round.
Box lunch on route day 2.
Due to high altitude (4500 meters / 15000 feet during Lake Chungara excursion) this program is not recommended for pregnant women, children under 8 years old, and people suffering from heart conditions.
Excursions and meals according to the program.

 
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