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Lago Chungara

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I had to remind myself that I'm almost 12,000 feet above sea level. So sipping on water and eating... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Manuel V
San Diego, California
Cycling Arica to La Paz

Excellent road surface and gradients make this a long but worthwhile ride over the high Andes to La... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2017
Greg M
Oldham, United Kingdom
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Altiplano of Arica and Parinacota Region | Heroes del morro 632 Arica, Putre 1000000, Chile
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

I had to remind myself that I'm almost 12,000 feet above sea level. So sipping on water and eating light are two crucial things to keep in mind. Plus, we stopped to get coca leaves to chew on to help with some blood thinning. Be...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

Excellent road surface and gradients make this a long but worthwhile ride over the high Andes to La Paz. You start at roughly sea level and ascend to 4680m. There were a few ripio sections on the approach to Lago Chungara. The scenery is outstanding,...More

1  Thank Greg M
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Evaluating this place by its natural conditions (and no by the road condition and transit) leads straight to perfection. We highly reccomend to step out of your car and take the Cotacotani lagoons - Parincota hike (10Km); gorgeous scenery and lots of fauna, while no...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2017

Lago Chungara is easily reached via the main road by normal car. The best way to explore is to park at the Ranger station about midway along the lake and follow the flat interpretative trail that starts there. Lots of animals along the shore. Even...More

Thank Sergio L
Reviewed 1 May 2017

If you are in Arica and have not seen altiplano lakes before, go for it, you will enjoy the view. However, if you have seen other altiplano (or even lower andean) lakes or lagunas before, this will not blow your mind. Yes, you are pretty...More

1  Thank Claudia M
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We visited Lake Chunara as it is one of the largest and highest lakes in the world. It often provides great views of the local volcano however it had been snowing just before we arrived (surprising for January) and visavility in the distance was poor....More

Thank Malcolm B
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

I went here in a tour and we drive up to the lake. We were able to get out and go for a walk to take some photos. However, you should be warned that Chile's highway 11 passes right next to the lake and has...More

Thank Julian K
Reviewed 22 November 2016

We spent a wonderful day sightseeing Lake Chungaro and the twin snow capped volcanoes of Parinasata. The day ended with an enormously ordinary lunch, but we all know that situation. Even the dogs didn't want our leftovers...I bet they had a better menu to choose...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Water level was quiet low and on our cloudy day it wasn't that great. Nice if your close, but don't go there if you need to drive a whole day for it.

Thank Leon034
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Tip! If you are out if shape, stay two nights in Putre before heading to this wonderful place. Do never do it straight from Arica on a one-day tour!

Thank 71Paola2012
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Nicholas T
16 May 2017|
Response from Claudia M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I saw both and was not very impressed by Lauca after having been to San Pedro altiplano. I actually wanted to visit the Reserva Nacional Vicunas from Putre but it was low season in May and no tours were running, guess... More