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Lago Chungara, Putre
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One of the highest lakes in the world, Lago Chungara is surrounded with untamed nature. Make the long, rough drive through surrounding mountains to reach this attraction, where animals like alpacas, foxes, pumas, and Chilean flamingo roam. Take stunning photos of volcanoes reflected in the lake's surface, but take caution when tackling the challenging hiking trails. Any visitors with respiratory issues may want to think twice before visiting due to high altitude. Lodging choices are limited, so book ahead and take plenty of snacks, water, and sunscreen. Add Lago Chungara to your Putre travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Putre tour planner.
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  • Water level was quiet low and on our cloudy day it wasn't that great. Nice if your close, but don't go there if you need to drive a whole day for it. 
  • A tour booked by Flavius, the Terrace Lodge & Tours, in a day of programming, leaving the 8:30 of the Terrace, and arrival, around the 18:00 with the Guide and Driver Helmut, we meet the Andean Altiplano, an extensive high and flat region, i.e. above 4000 metres, in the case were 4500 m, and between two mountain ranges. The route, in the full desert already, in itself, a beautiful attraction with Vicuñas, Birds, small animals. Helmut showed us the plant, a fungus that when it starts to paint the big picture clear green Tufts, indicate that it's more than 4500 m, altitude. And the "bofedais", water soaked areas that descend the springs, mountains, and which serve as fertile areas for feeding the local wildlife. The Parinacota Volcano is beautiful and dominates the scenery of the region. Lake Chungará unmatched beauty by the blue color of the water, is the Food Court of many birds and animals. Through the village of Parinacota, where today live only three families and the Church is closed because the policyholder account, a native Aymara, is gone and no one realized that it is necessary to perform maintenance and be open to curious visitors. Another set of Lagos, very close to the Volcano Parinacota we visited was the Cotacotani, which provides water to Arica, for channels that traverse the approximately 160 km that separates this area from the provincial capital, by the sea in the Pacific. As is all a wilderness of high altitude and thin air, the guide takes a precaution, oxygen torpedo, drinking water, with low-fat food, white meat and guides you in the few stretches of walking, which takes place slowly, without quick steps. It is advisable to take warm clothing, Windbreak, shelter from the cold, and shoes for "trekking", because the land is irregular and rough. I took a liter and a half of water for my own consumption, as with thin air, cold, and dry, the body loses a lot of water quickly and may cause ill be, even not true efforts of medium intensity, and this could mean metabolic changes resulting from high altitudes with thin air. Worth every expectation created, to meet this magical place, of Chile, almost on the border with Bolivia and Peru,
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  • You can not visit Arica and not go to Chungará Lake, beautiful, tour is full day, with breakfast and lunch. Recommendation much stay hydrated the day before and take you coca to be by pressure, is 4,500 meters above the sea level.
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