Parinacota Volcano, Putre
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Parinacota, Parina Quta or Parinaquta is a massive dormant stratovolcano on the border of Chile and Bolivia. It is part of the Payachata volcanic group. The other major edifice in that group is the Pleistocene peak of Pomerape. Parinacota's last eruptive phase has been dated using the helium surface exposure technique, which ties the eruption to 290AD ± 300 years.One of the most dramatic eruptive events in the volcano's past was 8,000 years ago, when a major collapse of the edifice produced a 6 km³ debris avalanche, which blocked nearby drainage patterns, creating Chungará Lake.The volcano and Pomerape straddle the border between Sajama National Park and Lauca National Park .ClimbingClimbing the volcano is relatively easy, alpine F grade, on a snow/rubble slope of about 35 degrees. A camp can be established at 5,300 m at the saddle between Parinacota and Pomerape. Depending on the season, the main difficulty can be a snow formation called penitentes which make the ascent physically difficult or impossible. It is attempted by about one party per week in the season. If needed, guides and transport can be hired from Sajama village, 27 km away on the Bolivian side of the mountain.
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  • From long distance is the Parinacota already visible and we kept seeing it while we were driving on the altiplano. With almost 6,000m a very high and perfectly conic volcano, which even looks big when...  more »
  • A monster which imposes its presence on all the Lauca Park. How not to raise his head to contemplate? The simple act of watching it, attracts mountain man I am. It is tempting to imagine a way to go flirt with its Summit. I will return to play on its flanks.
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  • Parinacota volcano is a gift for the senses. It is not to lose the ability to wonder of creation. Located in the Lauca National Park in the region of Arica and Parinacota in Chile. You can appreciate a beautiful postcard, surrounded by beautiful countryside (great geography, flora and fauna) amazing!
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