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Laguna de Cotacotani - Birdwatching - Chile

Lagunas de Cotacotani is a mosaic of turquoise-blue lakes scattering the altiplano northeast of the pueblo of Parinacota. Lago Cotacotani, the centerpiece of the group, is one of Parque Nacional Lauca’s largest lakes. It is fed by infiltration from Lago Chungará. Cotacotani is a major avifauna habitat, thus an ornithologist’s Eden. The scenery is stunning with the Payachatas – Volcán Parinacota and Volcán Pomerape – shadowing the landscape. A field of lava from Parinacota’s eruptive history adds a further allure to Lagunas de Cotacotani.


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Getting There
Sendero Chucuyo-Cotacotani begins from the hamlet Chucuyo on Ruta CH-11 near the turn-off for Parinacota. A road as well heads to the lagoons. If driving, be sure to have a full tank of gas. It is best to fill up in Arica, as the shop in Putre runs out.

Price Description: Free.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring: Bring warm clothing, as weather conditions change quickly. Use a high-factor sunscreen and UV sunglasses. Carry food and water. If you plan to take a dip in Termas de Jurasi or other hot springs, take along a swim suit and towel.

Hiking and climbing to the other attractions in Parque Nacional Lauca: Las Cuevas, Parinacota village and its Bofedales, Cerro Guane Guane and Lago Chungará. Visiting Putre and the villages of the Precordillera de Belén, Reserva Nacional Las Vicuñas, Monumento Natural Salar de Surire.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

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