Lauca is a wild and remote park, known for its stunning scenery made up of volcanoes, lava fields, lakes and calderas. Over 130 species of bird make it one of the best birding areas in Chile.
Excursions into the national park are either by jeep or on foot, where you can hope to see includes vicuna, puma, alpaca, guanaco, llama, vizcachas, cuy and armadillo. Notable bird species include puna ibis, Andean goose, giant coot, puna tinamou, silvery grebe, crested duck, puna teal, Andean condor and Chilean flamingo.
The nearby village of Putre is located 130 kilometres from the city of Arica at an altitude of 3,500 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.
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