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 the ascension with our guide Victor from Ivero Travels and I can only recommend it! The guide was very professional, friendly and helpful and of course climbing the volcan itself is an unforget...  more »
  • Did the tour with the Atacama Mystique (80000 pesos), being taken by Sipa and Carlos. With some prior preparation, reaches the top. I have done physical activities for months before climbing, but what hindered the rise was the amount of sulfur that the volcano gave off the day, which made me feel a little sick. But it all pays off when you get to the top and see the entire mountain range.
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  • Prior, at 7 pm on the shores of the Lake and at the foot of the volcano, watching the Sunrise was a magical moment. Then the ascent is quite complicated from the 5000 meters due to the significant lack of oxygen (I figured that you out for both!). We were 3, together with the Guide Christian and if it were not for the pace at which it imposed and the technique of breathing that told us, none had been able to reach the top. See the crater of an active volcano is something that you do not forget in your life. The descent, unlike the imagined, is also a great physical effort. Reach down and despite my relatively good physical condition I was exhausted (as well as the two others). But we did it! And leave you great satisfaction. Special thanks to Christian (Vulcan), which is a highly professional guide that every step was understanding how felt each and had problems. The difference is that Christian is not only "a guide", but a person that above all he loves which makes and find pleasure in helping others to climb volcanoes.
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