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PRICES INCLUDE
Accommodation
1 night Arica
2 nights Putre
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transfers from/to airport
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All excursions mentioned on the itinerary
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All entrance fees
Lauca NP
Azapa Museum
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Meals according itinerary
3 breakfasts
2 boxes lunch
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE
Domestic flights
Personal travel insurance
Meals and other not specified extras
ADDITIONAL INFO
Available: All year round
Departures: Daily

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$ 769
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CHILE - ALTIPLANO - DISCOVER THE AMAZING SURIRE SALT FLAT (4 days / 3 nights)

Atacama Altiplano Chile

ITINERARY

From the coast to the unique highlands, you will enjoy this trip, visiting the stunning Altiplano. The wild fauna and some picturesque villages make the trip definitely worthwhile.


DAY 1: ARICA - PUTRE

After arrival at the airport, we will take the road to the highland village of Putre located 149 km/92 miles from Arica. Entering the Lluta Valley we will see many geoglyphs marking the old Inca Trail from the coast to the highland. During a stop in Rosario we will look at a wall of geoglyphs closer, afterwards we will make a halt in Poconchile to visit the Church of San Gerónimo, built in 1580 and its immense cemetery. In the Cardones Canyon area we will be able to observe the gigantic “candelabros” cacti scattered all over the terrain. When we reach the Pukara of Copaquilla we will have time to walk the grounds. We will take a short walk to the little village Socoroma. We will continue to Putre, located 3.500 m/11.483 ft. Putre is dating back to pre-Hispanic times; here you will have time to see the traditional colonial style houses, most of them built with carved stone portals and window frames made in the XVII century. The town is backdropped by Tarapaca volcanic complex (Nevados de Putre). Overnight in Putre


DAY 2: PUTRE - SURIRE SALT FLAT

After breakfast we will start our climb up towards the Surire Salt Flat. We will cross several Andean villages before arriving to our destination. we will visit ancient stone villages, genuine Aymara communities: Ancuta, Guallatiri, Viluvio. The Surire is a salt flat with a surface of 11.298 hectares/27.900 acres located at 4.322 m/14.100 ft. Here you can observe three of the six flamingo species that exist in the world as well as vicuñas and suris, name given to the ñandu or South American ostrich, which is also the source for the name of this unique place. Overnight in Putre. (breakfast, box lunch)


DAY 3: PUTRE - LAUCA NATIONAL PARK - ARICA

In the morning we will depart to discover the fascinating beauty of Lauca National Park and its spectacular scenery of exotic plants and wildlife, like vicuñas, alpacas, rheas and Andean flamingos among other species. We will visit the Parinacota village (4.392 m/14.409 ft) with its beautiful church dating back to the XVII century. After that we will continue to the highest lake in the world, Chungará Lake (4.517 m/14.819 ft above sea level), to take a walk before enjoying our packed lunch on the shore of the lake. We return to Arica in the afternoon. Arrival at hotel and overnight. (breakfast, box lunch)


DAY 4: ARICA

Transfer to the airport to board your departing flight. (breakfast)



INCLUDED

- 1 overnight, breakfast included, in Arica

- 2 overnightsl, breakfast included, in Putre

- Professional English speaking guide for all services

- Meals according itinerary

- Transfers from/to Arica airport

- Arica city tour / Azapa Valley including Azapa museum

- Lluta Valley / Socoroma / Copaquilla / Putre

- Parinacota / Lauca National Park / Chungara Lake

- Surire Salt Flat

- All entrance fees


NOT INCLUDED

- Domestic flights

- Meals not described in the itinerary

- gratuities to driver, guide, hotel and restaurant staff, room service, etc.

- Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

- Personal travel insurance


Domestic flights can be booked through Chile Travel Tours upon request


Travel package operated on group basis (private package can be quoted)


Please consider the "Altiplano winter": heavy rains between January and February are possible in the highlands. Due to the weather and road conditions some itineraries might be modified.


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