Lauca National Park
A neighbor of Bolivia’s Sajama National Park, Lauca National Park is Chile’s northernmost nature reserve and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Despite its unique natural landscape and varied fauna, few tourists go there. Travelers from Bolivia usually choose to cross the border near San Pedro de Atacama and overlook Lauca National. The access to the park from the west, from the Chilean coastal town of Arica located approximately 150 km away, is very challenging due to the significant difference in altitude. It is extremely difficult to acclimatize properly to the high altitude of the nature reserve, situated at an elevation of 4’500 meters above sea level.
With Jiron, we have an extremely friendly and competent guide at our side. He knows the park inside out and is one of the only guides in the region. The highlights of our trip are undoubtedly the discovery of Lago Chungará, the many vizcachas we see and the hike to Laguna Cotacotani. We also stop for a short visit to the small village of Parinacota and see many animals throughout the day.