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Las Cuevas - Hiking - Chile

A 1.3 kilometer (0.8 mi) path from Las Cuevas ranger station passes through bofedales (wetlands) where the vizcacha (Lagidium viscacia), the Pato Jerg├│n Chico (Brown Pintail, Anas georgica spinicauda), the Gaviota Andina (Andean Gull, Larus serranus), the Condor (Vultur Gryphus), the zorro culpeo (Patagonian fox, Pseudalopex culpeus) and the vicu├▒a (Vicugna vicugna) can be observed. The trail then passes by caves that were used by hunters and traders since the Late Archaic Period (6000-4000 BC). The four-kilometer (2.4 mi) Sendero Chacu Las Cuevas heads to a stone chaku or corral used by Aymara and Inca to capture vicu├▒a.


Hiking Types:
Nature trail

Getting There
Las Cuevas is eight kilometers (4.8 mi) from the western entry to the park and 45 kilometers (27 mi) from the east entry at the Bolivian border Tambo Quemado. Tours stop at this site. If driving, be sure to have a full tank of gas.

Travel Tips: At Las Cuevas are also a ranger station, a tourism information office, a souvenir shop and restrooms. No camping is allowed.


Near the trail head is a ba├▒o termal┬Şor hot spring with 70┬║C (158┬║F) water. On Ruta A-35, approximately 30 minutes from the Las Cuevas turn-off, are the roofed pools of Termas de Chiriguaya.

Price Description: Free.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: None

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.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

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