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Lago Chungara, Putre

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Water Body Nature / Park
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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  • Lago Chungara is easily reached via the main road by normal car. The best way to explore is to park at the Ranger station about midway along the lake and follow the flat interpretative trail that star...  more »
  • If you are in Arica and have not seen altiplano lakes before, go for it, you will enjoy the view. However, if you have seen other altiplano (or even lower andean) lakes or lagunas before, this will no...  more »
  • We visited Lake Chunara as it is one of the largest and highest lakes in the world. It often provides great views of the local volcano however it had been snowing just before we arrived (surprising fo...  more »