Chungará LakeNovember 25, 2017 in Chile
Just 2-3 kms in the queue and we saw the Chungará lake. All the trucks in the queue were ahead of us so we were able to stop and take pictures. It was a typical, beautiful, high altitude altiplano lake.
Chungará (hispanicized spelling of Aymara chunkara "pointed mountain") is a lake situated in the extreme north of Chile, in the Altiplano of Arica y Parinacota Region in the Lauca National Park. It is near the volcanos Parinacota (20,827 ft or 6,348 m) and Pomerape (20,413 ft or 6,222 m). It was formed 8000 years ago, when a major collapse of the edifice of Parinacota produced an avalanche of 6 km³ of debris which blocked drainage pattern, thus creating the lake.Read more