Lauca is a wild and remote park, known for its stunning scenery of volcanoes, lava fields, lakes, calderas, and excellent birdwatching.
The nearby village of Putre is located 130 kilometres from the city of Arica at an altitude of 3500 metres. It has a wonderful setting, with the Taapaca volcano as backdrop, and offers accommodation in a basic hostel-style hotel. Nearby are several pre-Inca ruins as well as prehistoric caves with 5,000-year old hand paintings.
Excursions into the national park are either by jeep or on foot, and here you can hope to see includes vicuna, puma, alpaca, guanaco, llama, vizcachas, cuy and armadillo. Over 130 species of bird make it one of the best birding areas in Chile. Notable species include: puna ibis, Andean goose, giant coot, puna tinamou, silvery grebe, crested duck, puna teal, Andean condo and Chilean flamingo.
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