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Excursions

(PUT203) HALF DAY TO VILACAURANI 
Duration: 4 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to weather conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude. 
Description: We leave Putre behind and drive to Pampa Lluscuma. From here we can fully enjoy the Andean scenery. A walk will take us to the Alero de Vilacaurani, an important rock art landmark. The indigenous meaning of Vilacaurani is “red llamas”. A display of rock art representing geometric, human and animal figures can be admired, most of them portraying hunting scenes. These pictographs have been declared a National Monument considering that they were created thousands of years ago and have weathered the climate and are still well preserved. The care and respect shown by visitors in these sites is an essential contribution to preserve their cultural value. Once our visit ends, we head back to the hotel.

(PUT301) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO LAUCA, PARINACOTA, CHUNGARÁ LAKE AND JURASI HOT SPRINGS
Duration: 8 hours approx.
Available: All year round.
Operates: Daily
Notes: Subject to climatic conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the altitude. 
Description: This excursion starts out with a visit to the Parque Nacional Lauca (Lauca National Park) covering an area of 137,883 hectares with a plethora of wildlife including llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and Andean birds. We continue on to Parinacota, an indigenous Aymara ceremonial town situated in the Andean Altiplano (high plateau) better known for its mixed baroque style. It has been declared a National Monument. We head on to visit Lake Chungara, at 4,570 m (15,081 ft.) above sea level -one of the highest in the world- where the imposing Parinacota, Pomerape and Guallatire volcanoes are reflected in its waters. On our way back to Putre, you’ll enjoy bathing in the Jurasi hot springs. Local myth says that this area was under the domain of an Inca princess who stayed eternally young.  What a better way to relax and end the day’s excursion with a soak in its pools. 

(PUT302) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE SURIRE SALT LAKE 
Duration: 8 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to weather conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems, due to the high altitude. 
Description: “Suri” in Quechua means ñandú or rhea, and this spectacular salt flat is named after it. We begin our excursion here. The Surire Salt Flat is the home of colorful birds such as the ñandu mentioned beforehand, as well as the kiulas, Andean avocets and three types of flamingos: James, Andean and Chilean. We will pay a thorough visit, going through protected areas such as the Reserva Nacional Las Vicuñas and the Monumento Natural Salar de Surire, that preserve the wildlife of this fragile high plateau ecosystem. Our excursion also includes a visit to centuries-old stone villages of the Aymara community, such as Ancuta, Guallatire and Viluvio. Hovering over them is Mallku, a god in the Aymara culture known to be the guardian spirit of the mountain, represented in this case by the Guallatire volcano and its everlasting fumaroles. In the afternoon, we return to Putre.

(PUT303) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE HIGHLAND VILLAGES AND TIGNAMAR.
Duration: 12 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to weather conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude.
Description: Departure from Putre to visit Belen, the only Altiplano community founded by the Spaniards in 1625, Champiquiña and the “new” Tignamar. It´s “new” because the old town was destroyed when a river flooded the area from 1947 to 1949. Everything was lost except for one building: its church with a baroque-style doorway. After visiting the town’s homes and typical sites we return to the hotel.

(PUT304) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE LAKES AND VOLCANOES OF THE HIGHLANDS. (VISVIRI, LAGUNA BLANCA AND TACORA VOLCANO)
Duration: 10 hours approx.
Available: All year. 
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to weather conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude. 
Description: The excursion begins with a visit to the Aymara settlement in the district of Visviri, which stands out for its group of homes, ceremonial squares and especially its churches. Cosapilla, Nasahuento, Chuilluta, Ancopujo and Guacollo are also visited on the way, with stops in Laguna Blanca and the Tacora Volcano. This prominent mountain in the Andes range is very close to the Tacna border with Bolivia and is usually covered with snow. Its name has probably been taken from the Quechua “Tacuri”, meaning “Commotion”. The excursion takes us to the train station of Villa Industrial, following the railroad tracks that join Arica with La Paz (Bolivia). We later visit the Colpitas settlement, bordering the Taapaca Volcano (known locally as Nevados de Putre) which is over 5,000 meters high (16,500 ft.). End of excursion and return to Putre.

(PUT305) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE LAUCA NATIONAL PARK AND THE SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK. 
Duration: 12 hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Daily.
Notes: Subject to weather conditions. Not recommended for people with health problems due to the high altitude. 
Description: A wide-ranging excursion that includes visits to two important national parks in Chile and Bolivia. The Parque Nacional Lauca in Chile has been declared a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve and hosts a number of animal and plant species that are typical of the Altiplano (high plateau) such as vicuñas, vizcachas and over 130 bird species. In turn, Parque Nacional Sajama in Bolivia is the first Protected Area declared by the country and features imposing snowy volcano cones, such as Nevado Sajama, the highest strata volcano in the country. We’ll get in contact with its ecological wonders, the mysticism of its Altiplano towns such as Parinacota and Sajama and countless snowcapped mountains with elevations over 6,000 m (19,800 ft.). Our excursion will also give us an insight of the Aymara people’s way of life. The majority of this indigenous community live in Bolivia and in this area their dominant activities are farming and animal husbandry. Our excursion ends at the hotel in Putre.