Magic of the Altiplano Tour
DAY 1: ARICA & AZAPA VALLEY
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will have time to explore Arica and its landmark buildings such as the San Marcos Church and the House of Arts that were built by the famous French architect Eiffel. As you walk through Colon Square and observe the many shops you will notice the quaint lifestyle of the town. Afterwards you will visit some of the more important historical sites of interest including the steep hill of El Morro which played a very important role in the Pacific War. From there you will visit the Azapa Valley and the Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum. The museum holds a collection of sand-preserved mummies and pre-Incan relics dating back to 10,000 BC.
DAY 2: ARICA - PUTRE
Today you will leave Arica and take the road to the highland village of Putre. On your way, you will enter the Lluta Valley where you will be able to observe the many geoglyphs that mark the old Inca trail from the coast to the highland. For an up-close observation you will stop in the old town of Rosario. From there you will continue to Poconchile where you will visit the community’s large cemetery and the Church of San Gerónimo that was built in 1580. Afterwards you will travel the Cardones Canyon (where large cacti can be viewed scattered across the terrain) and arrive at Fort Pukara de Copaquilla. Here you will have time to stretch your legs as you walk to the small village of Socoroma; home to the Aymara natives. After a brief visit you will continue heading to your final destination; Putre located 3,500 m / 11,483 ft above sea level and the capital Parinacota Province. Once you arrive, you will have time to adjust to the high altitude as you explore this colonial town and observe traditional houses adorned with stone carved portals and window frames dating back from the 17th century. Just outside the village an amazing view of the Putre Valley can be enjoyed. A picnic-lunch will be provided on the way and you will have dinner at a local restaurant. (B, BL, D)
DAY 3: PUTRE - LAUCA NATIONAL PARK - ARICA
In the morning you will depart to discover the fascinating beauty of the Lauca National Park and its spectacular scenery of exotic plants and wildlife. Here you will be able to observe a variety of species including vicuñas, alpacas, rheas, Andean flamingos and many others – this is also a birdwatcher paradise. While exploring the park you will arrive at the town of Parinacota located at 4,392 m / 14,409 ft. above sea level and boasting a beautiful church dating back to the XVII century. After a short visit you will continue on to the highest lake in the world; the Chungará Lake. Here you will enjoy a nice walk and eat your box lunch on the shores of the waterfront. (B, BL)
DAY 4: ARICA
Your transfer will take you to the airport to board the connecting flight. (B)
2016-2017 prices per person in US$ (valid till April 30, 2017)
- 2 overnights with breakfast in Arica
- 1 overnight with breakfast in Putre.
- Meals according itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, LB=Lunch Box).
- Regular or private transfers and excursions with English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees.
Hotels used in group program: Beltran & Qantati
Hotels used in private program: Arica(Superior) & Qantati