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(ARI201) HALF DAY EXCURSION IN ARICA WITH THE AZAPA MUSEUM  
Duration: 4 hours approx.
Available: All year round. 
Operates: Daily
Notes: Museums closed on Mondays and National Holidays. 
Description: At the pre-arranged time, we will start out on our half-day outing to visit the heritage and archaeological sites of the so-called “City of Eternal Spring”. The tour begins with a visit to Plaza Colon and two constructions that form part of Gustave Eiffel’s portfolio (the celebrated Parisian engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower); the Catedral de San Marcos and the Casa de la Cultura (former customs building). During this leg of our tour we will also visit the “Morro de Arica”, a steep 130 m (426 ft) hill located near the sea front that offers panoramic views of the city and is also a reminder of the peace reached by Chile and Peru. Our journey takes us to the Valley of Azapa, where an appealing variety of Azapa olives is grown. This is also the site of universally valuable archaeological remains. Here we will pass by the surprising geoglyphs, giant depictions of figures scratched or embedded into the mountain slopes – and visit the Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa. In this museum the Chinchorro mummies are exhibited, which are valuable archaeological vestiges of the oldest examples of artificially mummified human remains (2,000 years before the Egyptians’ own mummies) used in sacred rituals by the Chinchorro people. They were fishermen who lived in Arica from 7,020 to 1,500 BC. After visiting the Museum, we return to the hotel. 
(ARI301) FULL DAY EXCURSION INTERVALLEYS AZAPA – LLUTA WITH BOX LUNCH
Duration: 6 hours
Available: All year round
Operates: Daily
Notes: Includes Box lunch
Description: At the pre-arranged time, we start out on our journey to the Valle de Azapa. On the way, we’ll admire the Atoca and Cerro Sagrado geoglyphs which are figures made of stone and placed on hill slopes that are only found in five countries in the world. Our next stop is at the southern bank of the Rio San Jose, where we’ll explore the Pukara de San Lorenzo, a pre-Inca fortress dating back to the 12th century. Further along we’ll visit the Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa (Archaeological Museum) with its valuable exhibit of pottery, textiles and tools used by the early inhabitants and its main attraction: the Chinchorro Mummies, considered the oldest in the world. We will go for a leisurely walk in the town and visit its ancient graveyard, which is 3,500 years old and still in use. We next drive along an old road to Quebrada del Diablo that leads to the village of Poconchile and ends in the Lluta Valley, another area with a wealth of petroglyphs, colcas (Inca food deposits) and geoglyphs. Return to hotel.   

(ARI302) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE LAUCA NATIONAL PARK AND CHUNGARA LAKE WITH BOX LUNCH
Duration: 12 ½ hours approx.
Available: All year round. 
Operates: Daily. 
Notes: Subject to weather conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems, due to the high altitude.  Includes Box lunch
Description: At the pre-arranged time, we will start out on our excursion with a first stop in the Valley of Lluta, the home of several archaeological ruins, such as the Pukara de Copaquilla, a 12th century fortress that has been declared a National Monument and the Inca Tambo of Zapahuira, an Inca refuge or dwelling, showing that their culture was present in Chile. After strolling through the towns of Putre and Parinacota, our expedition ends at the Parque Nacional Lauca, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. With a surface area of over 130,000 ha, this Reserve hosts a rich variety of the Altiplano’s (high plateau) flora and fauna, such as beautiful wetlands or marshlands; imposing volcanoes such as the “Payachatas” (twin volcanoes in the native Pucara language, that include the Parinacota, 6,330 m (20,889 ft.) and Pomerape, 6,240 m (20,952 ft.),  two of the 35 highest volcanoes in the Andes Mountain Range) and offers breath-taking views of the Cotacotani Lagoons and the Chungara Lake located  at an altitude of 4,570 m (15,081 ft.) above sea level.  It’s an ideal setting for outdoor activities while you enjoy the beautiful contrasts of the landscape and its unique geography. Return to hotel.

(ARI305) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO ARICA – SOCOROMA – PUTRE 
Duration: 9 Hours approx.
Available: All year round.
Operates: Daily.
Description: At the pre-arranged time, we depart to the Valley of Lluta. Along the way we pass by the giant geoglyphs on the hill slopes that flank the route and several archaeological sites such as the Inca Colcas or deposits used by the Inca civilization to store their farm produce. At 20 km (12 miles) inside the valley we’ll have a chance to admire surprisingly well preserved panels of petroglyphs that reveal hunting scenes, the presence of camelloids and astral figures. After visiting the village of Poconchile we’ll stop at Quebrada de Cardones, straight out of a spaghetti western with its curious Candelaris Cacti, an amazing natural treasure that reveals the unique ecosystem in this area. A leisurely walk will take us to the Pukara de Copaquilla (fortress) and the Aymara village of Socoroma, a pre-Columbian settlement that includes the Iglesia de San Francisco (church) built after the Spanish occupation in 1560. Finally we reach Putre, an Altiplano (high plateau) village located at an elevation of 3,530 m (11,581 ft.) above sea level, with a mix of native and colonial features.   It serves as an ideal stop for high altitude acclimatization. The excursion ends here and we drive back to the hotel.   

(ARI304) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO CODPA OASIS
Duration: 11 hours approx.
Available: All year round
Operates: Daily
Description: At the pre-arranged time, we start out on our quest to find a genuine “oasis in the middle of the desert”. This wonder is Codpa, an enchanting oasis and town with a mild climate that was originally inhabited by ancient travellers who left a number of petroglyphs depicting daily life and mystical scenes, with the influence of the Tiwanaku and Inca empires. The San Martin de Tours church, dating back to 1668, can be admired here. It was a landmark in the evangelization of the indigenous communities living in the Andean foothills and is the second oldest parish built by the Spaniards in Chile. It reveals an Andean and Christian religious syncretism, with a wide range of religious forms and rituals following the introduction of Andean practices in the Catholic rituals. It is said that time stands still here, as the vineyards and fermentation vats left by the Spanish conquerors are still used to produce the “Pintatani” wine (a favorite of the Viceroy of Peru and Potosi nobles). Following a picnic lunch in Codpa, our expedition continues with a visit to the small villages of Chitita, Guañacagua and the petroglyphs of Ofrajia. This is our last stop before returning to Arica.  

(ARI303) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE GEOGLYPHS ROUTE ARICA – IQUIQUE WITH BOX LUNCH OR V.V
Duration: 10 Hours approx.
Available: All year round.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Includes box lunch.
Description: Extraordinary geoglyphs (works of art that were made by moving or arranging stones or earth or other objects within a landscape) on hill slopes, unexpected forests in the desert and the history of an abandoned town are part of this expedition that starts out early at the hotel and heads out to Iquique. In the heart of the Atacama Desert we’ll admire the anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures of the Chiza geoglyphs and groups of camelloids represented in the Tilviche geoglyphs.  The figure of the Giant of Atacama, symbolizing a Tiwanaku chief, can be admired on the Unita hillside. We’ll venture on to Pintados, where hundreds of similar glyphs can be viewed. Next we reach the Pampa del Tamarugal, a surprising forest of endemic Tamarugo trees that adapt perfectly to the absolute desert climate, with its dry and highly saline soil. The last leg of our excursion includes a visit to Humberstone, a deserted ghost town that is a witness of the rush to produce sodium nitrate in the northern desert cities near the coast in the early 20th century. Our tour ends after walking through the streets and visiting the theatre, market and church of this former saltpeter refinery town.