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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  • Lauca National Park is a very spectacular whole. There is a variety of fauna and flora. Very little tourism
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  • This volcano is amazing!! When the weather is good (I got a couple of days of beautiful weather) it's just unreal. It's a perfect cone and rises up to over 6000 metres. I was able to do some hiking un...  more »
  • The view of the volcano Parinacota and Pomerape Chungara Lake and twin from Cotacotani deserve alone the Lauca National Park. Volcanoes with their 6500mt high, are visible from anywhere in the Park. Normally the best view is early in the morning, before the formation of the clouds to cover its peaks. The best way to visit the Park is 4/5 days staying in Putre, a small village in 3500mt where it is possible to start to get used to the altitude.
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