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  • Admire the world`s highest volcano lake, the Lago Chungará (4,570m)
  • Discover the Altiplano Highlands and relax in the natural Polloquere hot springs
  • Visit Salt Lake "Salar de Surire" and observe flamencos and vizcachas
  • Climb the volcanoes Guane Guane (5.097m) & Cerro Toco (5.604m) in the Atacama desert
There is no doubt the Altiplano Highlands and the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile rank among the most adventurous trekking destinations on the South American continent. Impressive volcanoes – most of them 6,000m high, glistening Salares, and the driest desert on this planet define the Altiplano highlands and make them unique.

Join us on this unforgettable trekking trip and experience the contrasts between the barren, dry Atacama Desert and the fruitful, green Azapa and Lluta Valleys. Immerse yourself in the world of the Aymara Indians and follow the historical Ruta de La Plata. From a technical point of view, climbing the 5,000m summits is a challenge but should not be too difficult.

Nestled between the fascinating wonders of the Atacama Desert – colorful lagoons, glistening Salares and steaming geysers, to name just a few – this tour is much more than a just a trek!
Hotel
Upon arrival at the airport of Arica, we pick you up and bring you directly to your hotel. Take some time to refresh, relax or stroll through the little seaport to see the numerous pelicans and sea lions. Later on, gather for a first briefing with your local team. Overnight stay in a hotel in Arica in double room with private bathroom.
Hotel
Today, travel through the Azapa-Valley to visit the Azapa Museum in San Miguel. Here you can see mummies and relics of the Chinchorro culture that are more than 7,000 years old. Later, head for the idyllically situated Andes-village Putre at an elevation of 3,500 m. On your way to Putre, stop at Purcara de Copaquilla. Overnight stay in a hotel in Putre in double room with private bathroom on an elevation of 3,500 m.

Meals included: Breakfast
Hotel
Your hike today will show you Putre’s surrounding area: the breathtaking landscape, Vilacaurani’s “Pinturas Rupestres” and finally Canyon “Quebrada Rio Lluta”. see alpacas and lamas and get to know the typical flora of the region. In the evening, you can taste alpaca-meets and Queñoa. Elevation of approx. 600 m ascent/descent; 6–7 hours of walking. Overnight stay in the hotel in Putre.

Meals included: Breakfast
Hotel
After breakfast, you start your hike to Nevados de Putre, aiming for an elevation of 4,250 m. After this 4-hour trek through the breathtaking Altiplano scenery, you deserve some time to relax. Elevation of approx. 750 m descent; approx. 4 hours of walking. Overnight stay in the hotel in Putre.

Meals included: Breakfast
Lodge
Your trekking tour today brings you to the colorful “Suri Plaza” (5,100 m). After having mastered an elevation of only 250 m you will have reached the 5,000 m elevation-mark for the first time. The view from here, down onto the vast Altiplano highlands leaves you speechless! After a descent of 250 m drive to the picturesque village Parinacota at an elevation of 4,390 m. Elevation of approx. 250 m ascent/250 m descent; approx. 4 hours of walking. A super-delicious pasta for dinner will strengthen us for tomorrows’ climbing tour. Overnight stay in a Refugio in Parinacota with shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms at an elevation of 4,390 m.

Meals included: Breakfast & dinner
Hotel
Get up early in the morning and start your trekking trip to the top of Cerro Guane Guane (5,097 m). The incredible view from the summit onto the vast Altiplano with its olive-colored highmores (Bofedales) and salty-white rimmed lagoons will reward you splendidly for the long way up. In good weather, you can even see Bolivia’s highest peak– the Sajama (6,520 m). You can find archaeological remains of the Aymara culture around the summit, proof of religious ceremonies dating back hundreds of years. Difference in elevation: 700 meters for ascent and descent. Hiking time approx. 4 hours (ascent), 2 hours (descent). In the afternoon, drive through the Lauca National Park, UNESCO biosphere preserve that was founded in 1970. Passing the highest volcano-lake on earth – Lago Chungara (4,570 m) reflecting the two twin-volcanoes Parinacota (6,342 m) and Pomperape (6,282 m) magically on its waters surface. Overnight stay in a Refugio in Guallatiri with shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms on an elevation of 4,200 m.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Guest house
Today, drive you to the Salar de Surire. The Salar is part of the Nature Preserve Las Vicunas. Las Vicunas is not just superbly located – it presents an absolutely rich wildlife: Vicunas, lamas, alpacas, ñandus and flamingos call this idyll home. The thermal springs of Polloquere (elevation 4,200 m) will invite you for a relaxing bath. Today’s destination is the small Andes village Colchane (elevation 3,750 m) which is surmounted by the snow-covered volcano Isluga (5,530 m). spend the night in a small guesthouse in Colchane in double room with private bathroom.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Guest house
Today leave the Chilean Andes Highlands. The road trip takes you through the absolutely diversified landscape with its unique fauna so that the drive will offer you an unforgettable natural spectacle.

In the afternoon visit the former saltpeter mine Humberstone. Afterwards you reach the oasis Pica, famous for its limes. This cozy little village offers the ideal spots to relax from the long transfer: The soothing natural springs called “cochas” will invite you. Overnight stay in Pica in a simple guesthouse with shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms.

Meals included: Breakfast & lunch
Guest house
Today, drive you through the amazing Pampa del Tamarugal, passing former saltpeter mines and salt pans. After having a lunch in “Victoria” you will reach San Pedro de Atacama. On an elevation of 2,400 m, the little town that has never lost a certain hippie-flair welcomes you with a variety of restaurants and bars.

Relaxing from the long transfer day, wait for the sun to set in Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley). The sunsets play of colors is absolutely breathtaking. stay overnight in San Pedro de Atacama in a guesthouse in double room with private bathroom.

Meals included: Breakfast & lunch
Guest house
Today, hike through the sparkling and twinkling Cordillera del Sal (Salt Cordillera) to the Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) and the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley, elevation 2,600 m)). After a lunch break back in San Pedro spend the afternoon at the Chaxa Lagoon, an extraordinary pool of water in the middle of the salt desert, and observe the many different flamingo species that call this desert zone home. The sunset will give the scene surrounded by volcanoes a purple glow when you head back to San Pedro de Atacama. (Hiking time: approx. 3 hours). Overnight stay in the same guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast
Guest house
Today, climb the extinct Volcano Cerro Toco (5,604 m). From its top, you have a stunning panoramic view on the bizarre desert world surrounding the summit. Elevation of approx. 400m ascent/descent; approx. 4 hours of walking. Overnight stay in the same guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast
Guest house
Early in the morning, you visit the Geyser “El Tatio”, on an elevation of 4,330 meters. To experience the sunrise there is simply fantastic: the scenery with its hissing geysers dipped in all shades of red will leave you speechless. Afterwards a 3-hour-hike will lead you down through the Guatin-Canyon (Quebrada de Guatin) where you get to know the typical flora of the usually absolutely dry Atacama Desert. You will find all kinds of cactuses, among them the flamboyant Cola de Zorro. Hiking time: approx. 3 hours, difference in elevation: 300 m. Overnight stay in the same guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast
Private Transfer to the Airport of Calama.

Meals included: Breakfast
what’s included
  • Accommodation in Arica, Putre: 4 nights in hotels in a double room with private bathroom
  • Accommodation in Colchane, San Pedro de Atacama: 5 nights in guesthouses in a double room with private bathroom
  • Accommodation in Parinacota, Guallatiri, Pica: 3 nights in Refugio with shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms
  • Local English and Spanish speaking certified trekking guide
  • Meals: 12 X breakfast, 2 X box lunch, 2 x lunch, 3 X dinner
  • Transport: all private transfers as per detailed itinerary
  • All entry fees as per detailed itinerary
  • VHF-equipment, satellite phone
  • Permit for the ascents of 5,000m-mountains
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Single Supplement
what's excluded
  • Airfare and airport charges
  • Not appointed meals and beverages
  • Optional trips
  • Tips
  • Mandatory travel insurance
Tour details
Availability 30 Sep 2019
Duration 13 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 4 people
Age Requirement 18 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Maximum altitude 5604 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Arica, Chile
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A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationTrip Notes: Differences in elevation but also in temperature will likely be the most challenging part of this trek. Good physical fitness and team spirit are necessary requirements for this tour. Higher elevations should not create problems.
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