Day: ARICA / AZAPA VALLEY
Reception at the airport and transfer
to the hotel. In the afternoon we will
have a city tour visiting the beaches
and the main points of interest including
the Morro de Arica (Arica hill) with
its magnificent panoramic view . We
will then stop at the fishermen's pier
to watch the pelicans and sea-wolves.
Our route then continues along the Azapa
valley where we will observe geoglyphs.
We will also visit the archaeological
museum of San Miguel where we will se
an exhibition of the "Chinchorro
Mummies", from approximately 5000
BC. Return to the hotel. At night, visitors
can learn about the characteristics
of the Aymará people and culture,
through a speech by an expert. Overnight
at the hotel in Arica.
Day: ARICA / TIGNAMAR / BELEN
/ PUTRE Breakfast at the hotel. Departure
for an excursion through the desert.
Box lunch included. We will visit the
Aymara villages of Tignamar, Belén,
Chapiquiña, Socoroma and Putre,
connected by the Camino del Inca (Inca
Way). Arrival to Putre. Meeting the
"YATIRI" (Aymará religious
and spiritual leader), who welcomes
the visitors. Candlelight dinner with
live native music. After dinner we will
take part in a "CHALLA" which
is a native ceremony in which the "YATIRI"
asks "PACHAMAMA" (Mother Land)
and "TATA INTI" (Father Sun)
for people and nature to live in harmony
whilst thanking them for all the blessings
received. Overnight at the hotel in
Day: PUTRE / PARINACOTA /
LAKE CHUNGARA / ARICA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure
to visit the historic town of Parinacota
, a ceremonial Aymará village
and one of the oldest in the area. We
will then go to Lake Chungara in the
Lauca National Park. We will then make
a stop to make a ritual visit to an
"APACHETA", a ceremony dedicated
to the holy spirits of the high peaks
of the Andes, asking them for well-being
and protection on the roads. Box lunch
on route. In the afternoon, transfer
to Arica through the Lluta valley, where
we will see the following important
archeological sites: Tambo Inca of Zapahuira,
Pukara of Copaquilla, petroglyphs and
geoglyphs. Arrival in the evening to
the hotel in Arica. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the agreed
time, S.I.B. transfer to the airport
to board departure flight.
Minimum 5 pax in S.I.B. services. Private
services quoted on request.
Operates all year round.
This program also counts on the services
of an Aymará guide.
Entrance fees to Museums included.
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