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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  • see the evaluation in putre, eh unbelievable the beauty, calm, cold noon and the sensations offered
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  • This within the captive of Putre... of great beauty scenic... Although you can climb from Arica by the day, the puna prevents to enjoy it in full... It is recommended to Acclimate by staying in Putre before you get to the Park... the road is in fair condition (there are arrangements with banderero)...
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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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