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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  • We did this hike on new years eve, after several days of altitude acclimatisation. be aware that the volcano ridge is at 5600 above sea level, so choose a responsible company for your trek. We spent a...  more »
  • Ride of a lifetime for the Atacama as long as you're in good physical shape, because the rise is pulled, but more than the ascent, you have to consider is the altitude, which leaves the rarefied air and makes more for those who are not used to it. Normally the output of San Pedro is around 5:00 in the morning and the distance is about 155km when I went in December, went out at a temperature of 10° C and after leaving the asphalt and pick up a long dirt road, was downloading until you reach the edge of the lagoon Lejia, where we stopped for breakfast, to 0° c. We hoped to catch up to -10 degrees upstairs, but as there was a little wind, it wasn't so cold. Anyway, before I go, consider that:-the temperature in summer can reach -10° C-you have to have a good night's sleep-do not eat red meat the night before-should not consume alcohol the day before it has to be your last walk in the Atacama, so that you are well adapted to the altitude. -Hydration is very important before, during and after, as well as being well fed. Considers hydrate before starting the climb, having about 2.5 to 4 for the ascent and the descent, about 1, 5lt after return. It is better to be left than Miss. One of the people who were in my group came back to base loaded by a guide, because collapsed and almost lost consciousness. If you go up faster than normal, which is 2 to 3 hours (fíz at about 1:50) apparently nothing happens apart from tiredness, but if you go down faster than normal (about 1:00), will feel a little seasick, "because down-if 4 km, and from 5600m to 4800m, which is the altitude where it begins to climb. Normally in addition to breakfast, the agencies usually offer a snack and walking canes. Consider Informing yourself before.
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  • Without doubt one of the hardest things that I've done in my life. The ascent is steep and it's very cold (the guide said that wasn't cold the day we climbed). Shortness of breath and headaches and body part in 95% of the way but get to the crater is rewarding.
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