Volcan Llullaillaco, Salta

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Llullaillaco is a potentially active stratovolcano at the border of Argentina (Salta Province) and Chile. It lies in the Puna de Atacama, a region of very high volcanic peaks on a high plateau within the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places in the world. It is the fourth highest volcano in the world, and it is also the seventh highest mountain of the Andes.Llullaillaco follows the typical Puna de Atacama volcano pattern: it is surrounded by large debris fields and is perpetually capped by small snow patches, though there are no true glaciers due to the extreme aridity. The snow line in this region is the highest in the world, at around 6500m, which is around 1000m higher than in the Himalayas and 2000m higher than in the Andes of Colombia and Ecuador.The peak's name comes from the Aymara for "murky water": llulla= dirty and yacu= water. Other sources propose it to have originated from Quechua Lullac= lie, Yacu= water: "lying (or treacherous) water".It has been confirmed that Incas climbed Llullaillaco in the pre-Columbian period. Artifacts on the summit constitute the highest evidence of human presence worldwide before the late nineteenth century. Also, the huáqueros may have also reached its summit and those of other mountains in the region during their searches. The first recorded ascent was on December 1, 1952, by Bión González and Juan Harseim.
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  • Great place to practice mountaineering, a good climb and trekking, you can combine with a bit of history, touring the places where more than 500 years ago the Incas built some buildings and where the ...  more »
  • The town of Tolar Grande, gateway to the Llullaillaco, is a beautiful place to meet. From Salta every Wednesday part a collective to there, returning every Friday. It is a long journey, of about ten hours, featuring some stops, including in San Antonio de los Cobres. Once in Tolar you can visit different natural places: eyes of sea, cave bear, Cave of the dead man, cone of Arita. And from there, is part to the Llulla. The municipality manages the income and there you can find out by 4 x 4 to make the approach to the volcano. There are also agencies that organize trips to Tolar and viewpoints to the volcano, if one is not a climber but want to get to know it "from below" in Salta.
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  • I don't have much to report. Seen from the route when going towards Jujuy.La IMAJE is very good. Very clear also to tax.
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