Baquedano # 411 Arica - Putre
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The tour starts from the beautiful town of Putre, capital of the province of Parinacota in the XV region of Arica and Parinacota. This village, an example of high Andean culture, also is an excellent place to stay before taking any tour, to have a good acclimatization to the altitude and enjoy fascinating tours.
The tour continues to the National Reserve of the Vicuñas which as its name implies, was created to preserve the vicuña. The flora and fauna of this place are very attractive as they offer a great variety species, besides being surrounded by beautiful scenery of the Chilean Altiplano. Furthermore, in the National Reserve Vicuña you'll discover majestic sceneries and the towns of Ancuta, consisting of just 5 houses, and Guallatire, located at 83 km of Putre at the foot of the volcano Guallatiri. Here you can enjoy the beautiful view of it’s peak white of snow.
The journey continues, reaching the most captivating destination of this tour, the salt lake Surire. It is located at 4,200 m above sea level. Surire was declared national monument and is characterized by its enormous majesty. The presence of salt deposits of intense white color contrast with the pure blue of the water of the lagoons, without doubt a delight to your eyes. The salt lake of Surire also preserves the existence of valuable species such as the ostrich (ñandu), flamingo, vicuña, alpaca and the llama, among others. The preciousness of this natural attraction is increased by the presence of different species of flamingos (3 of 6 species that exist) that may live here according to the extraordinary ecosystem.
Around noon, after enjoying this wonderful ambience we will have a delicious picnic at the thermal baths of Polloquere. Here you may enjoy a relaxing bath. Finally, when we have gained new strength with a thermal bath, we will return back to Putre, the place that opened us the door to this incredible world in the height.
Without doubt, on your visit to the north of Chile you can realize many trips and see a lot of places. But over all you should not miss the opportunity to discover the magic that surrounds the white sea, the salt lake Surire.