Volcan Licancabur, San Pedro de Atacama

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Licancabur is a stratovolcano on the border between Bolivia and Chile, south of the Sairecabur volcano and west of Juriques. Part of the Andean Central Volcanic Zone, it has a prominent, 5916m-high cone. A 400m summit crater containing Licancabur Lake, a crater lake which is among the highest lakes in the world, caps the volcano. Three stages of lava flow emanate from the volcano, which formed on Pleistocene ignimbrites.Licancabur has been active during the Holocene, after the ice ages. Although no historic eruptions of the volcano are known, lava flows extending into Laguna Verde have been dated to 13,240 ± 100 BP. The volcano has primarily erupted andesite, with small amounts of dacite and basaltic andesite.Its climate is cold, dry and very sunny, with high levels of ultraviolet radiation. Licancabur is not covered by glaciers, and vegetation such as cushion plants and shrubs are found lower on its slopes. Chinchillas were formerly hunted on the volcano.
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  • June 9, 2017
    Stop a must see this beautiful volcano located in San Pedro de Atacama. I was amazed with so much beauty
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  • May 12, 2017
    We stopped when we went to Argentina in the viewpoint and there could appreciate him quietly from San Pedro also see you and tour to the salar de Uyuni is viewed very well from the Green lagoon.
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  • April 25, 2017
    It is 5920 metres and see it clearly and very close to the route, in the passage from Jama to San Pedro de Atacama. The maximum height of this step is exactly 4830 m just in front of the volcano. From San Pedro de Atacama, there are numerous excursions of one or more days. This volcano is bordered to the North and East by Bolivia and the Bolivian side there is a huge green lagoon, protected area, because they live there numerous flamingos. The Licancabur volcano is also of huge archaeological and anthropological interest since there was Inca civilizations that were in its surroundings, that recall ancient sacred ceremonies. The attraction has a crater that contains inside a pond that freezes during the winter season, this Lagoon is the fourth most the world's highest. An almost exact cone peak, is continuously snowy. Don't miss the excursions attached photos. was I helpful?
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