FROM THE PACIFIC TO THE ANDES
3 Days / 2 Nights

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1st. Day: ARICA / AZAPA VALLEY / ARICA
Arrival to Arica. Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Arica. In the afternoon we will have a comprehensive S.I.B. city tour of Arica visiting the beaches, the San Marcos Cathedral and the Casa de la Cultura (Culture House) which were both designed and built in the workshops of Gustavo Eiffel, the Morro de Arica (Arica hill) where we will appreciate a magnificent panoramic view of the city. 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, prehistoric cave paintings and drawings on the hillsides. We will also visit the archaeological museum of San Miguel where we will see an exhibition of the "Chinchorro Mummies", which are vestiges of a mysterious group of fishermen who developed this mummification process approximately 5000 BC. The mummified bodies and fragile remains of their material culture were preserved in excellent condition by the desert sands. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Arica.
2nd. Day: ARICA / PUTRE
Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart in the morning by S.I.B. service to Putre. On route we will visit picturesque villages and sites of archaeological interest such as the Lluta Valley, Cardones Gorge with its cactus candelabra, Pukará de Copaquilla, Tambo Inca de Zapahuira, until we finally reach our destination. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Putre.
3rd. Day: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA / TOCONAO / MISCANTE & MIÑIQUE LAGUNES / SAN PEDRO
PUTRE / PARINACOTA / LAKE CHUNGARA / LA PAZ
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will depart visiting the historic town of Parinacota and then continuing on to Lake Chungará , one of the highest in the world at 4.570 meters (15.000 feet) above sea level and also declared a World Biosphere Reserve. We will enter the Lauca National Park where we will be surrounded by snow capped volcanoes and mountains. We will also be able to apreciate the majesty of Lake Chungará overlooked by the spectacular Payachatas volcanoes which are the "Mallkus" (Gods) of the andes. The local fauna includes Guanacos, llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Vizcachas (a hare like rodent). Box lunch included. At the agreed time we will connect with a scheduled bus service to La Paz in Bolivia late in the afternoon. Arrival to La Paz.
 
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Minimum 2 pax in S.I.B. services. Operates all year round. Private services upon request
Entrance fees to Museums included.
Bus ticket included.
Box lunch is 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 conditions.

 
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