|At Lago Chungara, at 15,100 feet.|
Parinacota Volcano in background (20, 827 ft.)
Visiting during the early winter, our evening temperatures were in the teens at night, and warmed up to the 50's during the day in the valley in Putre. On departing the valley, temperatures dropped as we climbed in altitude. Over 3 days, we explored the park and tried to locate as much of the wildlife as possible. We didn't have any luck with the exotic wildlife like the puma or rheas, but the views in our travels were amazing.
Parinacota, a tiny village of 18 located inside the park, is home to a white-washed church built in 1789. During our visit, we didn't see a single person but llamas grazed in the fields on the edge of the village with the volcano in the background, beautiful.
|Geoglyphs of the Lluta Valley|
After an overnight stay in Arica, we headed to Antofagasta.
|Overview of Putre|
|Parinacota Volcano in foreground and Pomerape Volcano behind it|
|At Lago Chungara looking toward the Bolivian border|
|In village of Parinacota|
|Church in Parincota|
|Llama with volcanoes in background|
|Lower elevation in the park with some unfrozen water for the flamingo|
|Icy watershed along the roadside|
|More vicuna, we saw hundreds of these delicate looking animals|
|Llamas at Lago Chungara|
|Alan on a short hike. You can see the frozen stream, but not the 40 mph winds with the 30 degree temperature. We simply didn't have the proper clothing for this type of weather conditions.|
|Heading back to Arica|