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Tour to Chile: Arica, Lake Chungara and Dry Lake of Surire

OVERVIEW

Arica is located between the valleys Azapa and Lluta and has only one river, Lluta; which streams down towards the sea all year long. Although Arica is settled in a tropical area, its climate is calm and has no variations around the 17°C due to the influence of the Humboldt currents which bring fresh water.  At a higher level, where the current has no influence, the climate is desert-like with big variations during the day. Few kilometers to the east, in the altitude of the plateau, rain, snow an thunderstorms are very frequent, particularly during the summer months of January and February. This phenomenon is known as the “plateaus’ winter”. The water is absorbed by the ground, which remains humid all year long.

 

DETAILED PROGRAM

 

DAY 01: ARICA

In the afternoon, excursion to the south of the city. On the road, you will see the ex-island Alacran, a bay since 1964, used by the Spanish in the conquest.  Afterwards, we continue going south, where we will stop at the beaches El Laucho, La Lisera, and afterwards to the football stadium “Carlos Dittborn”. We then visit the artisanal town and the avenue Diego Portales to sea the beach Chinchorro, the casino of Arica, the park Brasil, and the train Arica-Tacna. Our next stop will be at artisanal dock, the train Arica-La Paz , the Colon square, the San Marcos Cathedral. Finally, a visit to the famous Morro, a natural viewpoint of the city, where you will find the museum of weapons and the Christ of Peace. Back to hotel.

 

DAY 02: ARICA – SOCOROMA – PUTRE

At 07.00 hrs excursion to national park Lauca and Lake Chungara, while travelling by the international highway Tambo Quemado.  You can see the valley of Lluta and the town of Poconchile, with its church and graveyard from XVII century.  Afterwards, trip towards the gully of Cardones, where you will find cactus; then, visit to Pukara de Copaquilla, a defensive construction located at km 100. Next stop will be Tambo Zapahuira.  We will stop to have breakfast. We continue towards Socoroma. Lunch. Arrival at Putre. Dinner and accommodation.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

 

DAY 03: CHUNGARA LAKE – SALAR OF SURIRE

Next stop will be at Chungara lake, at 4,517 meter over the sea level, where llamas, vicuñas, alpacas live in their natural habitat. You will also see Parinacota and Pomerape, volcanoes known as Payachatas. Then we return to Parinacota, a small town declared by UNESCO a heritage. After lunch, we will visit the thermals of Jurasi, and continue to the Salar of Surire. During the trip, you will see the Lauca river, Guallatire, and Las Vicuñas Reserve. Upon arrival at the salar, you will taste a delicious dinner and get installed in the hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

 

DAY 04: SALAR OF SURIRE – ARICA

Trip back to Arica. Transport to the airport of bus terminal.

Included Meals: Breakfast.