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The major attractions for many are the vistas and the wildlife. But aside from the natural wonders of PN Lauca are ruins and Aymara villages. Las Cuevas has wetlands and archaeological remains. Parinacota, an indigenous-colonial village famous for its church and weaving, is a convenient starting point for hiking to the Bofedales de Parinacota and climbing Guane Guane. Easily accessible, Lago Chungará is a birdwatcher’s paradise. At these three sites are interpretive trails. A longer trail that can be walked or driven in car goes from the Chucuyo settlement to Laguna Cotacotani, another cradle of immense beauty and bountiful fauna.

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Twenty kilometers (12 mi) east of Las Cuevas is Parinacota. This indigenous-colonial village, long a rest stop for indigenous and later Spanish...

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Laguna Chungará

Laguna Chungará

Lago Chungará, at the east end of Parque Nacional Lauca, is the park’s largest lake, covering 21.5 square kilometers (8.3 square mi). Its deepest...


Las Cuevas

A 1.3 kilometer (0.8 mi) path from Las Cuevas ranger station passes through bofedales (wetlands) where the ...


Ciénagasa de Parinacota

Bofedal de Parinacota, also called Ciénagasa de Parinacota, is a major wetland on the northern Chilean altiplano. The principal flora are paja brava...


Cerro Guane Guane

Cerro GuaneGuane is one of the several volcanoes that you can see from the village of Parinacota. This 5,097-meter (3,058 ft) tall mountain is a...


Laguna de Cotacotani

Lagunas de Cotacotani is a mosaic of turquoise-blue lakes scattering the altiplano northeast of the pueblo of Parinacota. Lago Cotacotani, the...

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