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Lago Chungara, Putre

(4.5/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Visit the Chungará Lake was born as objective after seeing a TV report. Images showing were spectacular and I wanted to convince me so much wonder... and it is truly wonderful. Be there and feel the silence, which only sometimes is interrupted by vehicles travelling on the road, is great. The tranquility, the Lake and the volcano in the background form a scenario which you can spend hours and hours looking at without getting tired. To enjoy without the effects of the puna it is staying a night in Putre for to acclimatize to the altitude. If you go by the day and affects you the height you will not enjoy fully of this destination. In February, when I went, there were works on the road for what if you go by car must find out what are the times of step that there is in every sense. Come and enjoy this wonder of nature.
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  • the town of PUTRE, has the famous chungara Lake, and the volcano parinacota, place the view offered should be listed by unesco, at the location close to the border with bolivia. Hey indescribable landscape, climate, and be lucky the fauna of the region
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  • The Lake is beautiful. Always this impression of immensity. The vicuñas and llamas roam quietly. Little possible 20/30 min ride on a marked path. We arrived late morning and there was nobody. The tour buses arrive just after but did not stay very long. For once: it's free! However the road is not the most simple / nice: there is a queue of stopped trucks. Should not hesitate to double them.
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