Lascar Volcano, San Pedro de Atacama
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Set foot on Lascar Volcano, the northern Chilean Andes' most active volcano. Tackling the volcano with a guide is a must, because of the high altitude and the eruptive history of the site. Despite the path's gentle incline, guides set an easy pace as to protect against the effects of the high altitude, which can be draining on a long hike. See sweeping views from the summit, with the otherworldly salt lakes below appearing like mirrors among the dusty, volcanic landscape. You can't acess the volcano during periods of increased seismic activity, so check with reliable local sources before booking your tour. Use our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner to visit Lascar Volcano on your trip to San Pedro de Atacama, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Challenging. To the Summit are almost 5.6 1000 meters of altitude. Rarefied air. The beast grabs. Breathed every 80 minipassos. Need to be prepared physically and mentally. Altitude is complicating. We climbed in zig-zag, in 2:45, and came down in 1 hour, by using the "gravel". We went from 4 x 4 to the foot of the monster, active, but sweet, and up without difficulty. Don't miss it, even without a guide. It's good to remember that the clear day, no wind, it helped a lot.
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  • Climb an active volcano is enough to mark a trip include altitude, beautiful scenery and the joy of a victory. I don't need to say anything else ... Fitness ... you don't have to be an athlete, but is planning, some other walks at altitude, before venturing on this specific. Choose a reliable tour agency... don't skimp on this ride. Have the right equipment.
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  • There are a few words to set the ascent of Lascar ... Adventure, resilience, Winning limits, daring, get where not all risk. They all define but do not describe entirely the experience is this trekking ... First a few tips: choose with great discretion the tourist agency that will take you there. You will need a guide prepared and you know what you're doing fine, you have plenty of experience and local knowledge. With half a dozen words exchanged knowing if the guide is experienced or not. Our guide was Juan Ignacio, the "J" who works with the Ayllu Atacama. We recommend that the Guide does not come up with more than 4 people. Use batons and boots of trekking, hiking clothing specific to extreme cold (thermal light) bandanas, backpack light but with track and ration 1.5 liter of water. Do the altitude acclimatization for at least 4 to 5 days, in the two days preceding the rise not ingest alcohol and not eat red meat or greasy food. Breathe slowly and deeply and to walk with short steps and slow. The ascent is quite steep
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