Parinacota Volcano, Putre

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Parinacota, Parina Quta or Parinaquta is a dormant stratovolcano on the border of Chile and Bolivia. Together with Pomerape it forms the Nevados de Payachata volcanic chain. Part of the Central Volcanic Zone of the Andes, its summit reaches an elevation of above sea level. The symmetrical cone is capped off by a summit crater with widths of or. Farther down on the southern slopes lie three parasitic centres known as the Ajata cones. These cones have generated lava flows. The volcano overlies a platform formed by lava domes and andesitic lava flows.The volcano started growing during the Pleistocene and formed a large cone. At some point between the Pleistocene and the Holocene, the western flank of the volcano collapsed, generating a giant landslide that spread west and formed a large, hummocky landslide deposit. The avalanche crossed and dammed a previously existing drainage, impounding or enlarging Lake Chungará; numerous other lakes now forming the headwaters of the Rio Lauca sprung up within the deposit. Volcanic activity rebuilt the cone after the collapse, cancelling out the collapse scar.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Ah yes, truly one of the most beautiful volcanoes! Seen from anywhere starting from Putre. It is possible to see it from the vicinity of the village of the same name, or along the road leading to the laguna Chungará.
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  • September 24, 2017
    Do you have any idea when you think of a vulcona and its perfectly tapered shape? The Parinacota is the perfect example of a stratovolcano and its stunning silhouettes can be admired from Chungara Lake. A view that takes your breath away. Beautiful!!!
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  • August 1, 2017
    The place is phenomenal, very good views, where you can see about the geological landscape and volcanic avalanches and the cone of the volcano. Nearby is also the town, which has a small crafts market that is worth visiting, as well as the Church.
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