ARICA HIGHPLATEAU
4 Days / 3 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), 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 se an exhibition of the "Chinchorro Mummies", which date back to 5000 BC. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Arica.
2nd. Day: ARICA / TIGNAMAR / BELEN / PUTRE
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for a S.I.B. excursion through the desert, with short stops where we can observe the changes in the landscape from the desert to the feet of the Andes as well as the great variety of cacti. Box lunch included. We will visit the pre-Columbian villages of Tignamar, Belén, Chapiquiña, Socoroma and Putre, connected by small trails which are part of the Camino del Inca (Inca Way) and which still conserve their Aymará traditions, religion and agricultural system of terrace technology and platform irrigation. Arrival to Putre. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Putre.
3rd. Day: PUTRE / PARINACOTA / LAKE CHUNGARA / ARICA
Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart for a visit to the historic town of Parinacota and then to Lake Chungará, one of the highest in the world at 4,570 m (15,000 feet) above sea level. 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). In the afternoon we will return to the hotel in Arica. Overnight.
4th. Day: ARICA
Breakfast at the hotel. At the agreed time, S.I.B. transfer to the airport to board departure flight.
 
NOTES
Minimum 2 pax in S.I.B. services. Operates all year round. Private services upon request.
Entrance fees to Museums included.
Box lunch is included day 3.
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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