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Lago Chungara, Putre

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 220+ 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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  • The place is really beautiful, because it is surrounded by giants of 6000 m high (Parinacota, Gallatire etc...). But I do not understand that there is not a path that was laid out around this Lake to be able to wander and enjoy the scene. Truck from Chungara at the Bolivian border, line ruins the landscape. The national road that borders, does not help to appreciate the scene. Truck traffic is really too dense. And last point, the surroundings are littered with debris of all kinds. It would be nice to clean the premises. Nature really doing things and man destroys them!
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  • We took the tour of two days sleeping in Putre, I recommend widely. It is a relaxed tour that you're stopping and knowing all the villages and churches, as poconchile, parainacota. You eat the typical food of the Highlands with people who normally resides there. accommodation in Putre was of excellent quality. This also allows you to adapt better to the puna or altitude sickness because one gets to be 4,800 meters above sea level and many people ends up feeling very bad and does not enjoy anything Lake chungará... On the tour we had opportunity to spot many wildlife such as foxes, llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, as well as many birds in wetlands. The tour take in SERTOUR online with Victor who is the owner and guide, we were in a family group alone and made this trip a wonderful experience. The tour is more expensive that which they offer for the day, but includes ALL first quality accommodation, meals, water and fruit for the way and above all explanations from someone that loves and values sutrabajo.
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  • We were family, only to recommend go to putre and stay there one day and the next day go to chungará, since go straight it is complicated by the puna. In putre a place with typical meals there for eating in front of the square, super cheap and ask their coca tea
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