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. Take a look at our Putre trip builder website to schedule your visit to Lago Chungara and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • With my friends we take sum inti tour, thanks to the written opinions here, don Freddy fun and motivating, yujuuu, is driver and guide, us is describing the landscape towards the Highlands and telling us a little history of the place, does not leave that at any time you you sleep lol, and assists you in all times. Being native of Arica never in my 26 years had climbed to the plateau, it is beautiful, amazing, majestic and imposing, 100% recommended. Attention: sleep well, drink plenty of water and eat light the previous day, chewing coca leaves and drink enough water along the way, I say this because I apune (altitude sickness) from zapahuira, a combination of height together with the curvy road. In a MEMORABLE word in every sense.
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  • The tour was a wonderful experience, since we went to search until we returned to the hotel. The Guide and driver, Don Freddy, is very attentive, concerned about his passengers and fun. We laugh during the entire trip. We made several stops before reaching the Lake. We met the candelabra cactus, we did an aymara ritual at a lookout, we turn to Zapahuira to take breakfast (included in the value of the tour), we stopped to see the volcano, we saw vizcachas, llamas and alpacas. The Lake is nice, it is a quiet and easily accessible place, footpaths are not complicated to navigate. I went with my mother (71 years) and did it no problem, even with the height. Lakefront, there are bathrooms and a marriage of llameros sells some souvenirs at good price. Back pass to Putre for lunch (included in the tour), but before that, we made a wonderful stop. Don Freddy asked us we receded, told us that they would already come alpacas to greet us... my surprise was great when, effectively, these animals (3) approached us, came running to see us, we could take photos and feed them. I recommend you do this tour, and Moreover, do it with sum Inti. Consider that the tours are not made daily, it cost us much find an agency that made the trip for the dates we wanted.
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  • I recommend going with a guide it cost 400 SEK per person. Scenery on the trip up, which shifted from desert landscapes to the Green Plains of the higher up we came. Remember to have warm clothes with you. It was cold and a little rainy when we were there. The daughter was feeling sick and had a headache but it can happen when you are 4500 meters above sea level.
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