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Provincia de Parinacota

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  • Day151

    C'est le jour J! Départ à 3h du matin... 1h30 de route jusqu'au point de départ. Au programme : 6h de montée pour 3 kms et 1200m de dénivelés (de 5100m aux fameux 6300m). On espère y arriver!

    Pour rendre les choses encore plus difficiles nous avançons sur du sable volcanique avec quelques endroits rocailleux tout de même... Sur le chemin nous passons également entre des "penitentes" (sorte de bloc de glace de 30cm mais qui peuvent atteindre 2m au mois de Juin). Ils donnent au paysage un relief magnifique! Et tout au long de la montée nous avons un paysage superbe avec le Pomerape (montagne d'à côté), le Sajama au loin, la vallée chilienne d'un côté et les plaines boliviennes de l'autre.

    On attaque la rando avec notre guide Rodrigo à 5h à la frontale. Ça pèle mais on est bien équipés. Vers 6h on assiste au lever du soleil derrière la montagne Sajama, splendide! La montée se passe sans encombre jusqu'à 5800m, altitude à laquelle Greg commence à avoir un léger mal de tête. Passés les 6000m on se transforme en zombie : dur de trouver l'oxygène et chaque pas nous paraît impossible. A certains moments nous n'y croyons même plus... mais nous y voilà : le cratère à 6300m!!! On l'a fait!

    Mais c'est pas la grande forme : gros maux de tête et nausées pour tous les deux. Du coup on ne s'attarde pas là haut. Rodrigo nous conseille de vite redescendre pour calmer tout ça. On est tellement fatigués que même la descente sur le sable fin nous paraît compliquée. 1h30 et quelques chutes plus tard nous voilà enfin à la voiture avec Gary, le fils d'Ana et Mario, qui nous attend. Il nous faudra quelques heures pour être remis à 100% de cette aventure mais on est fiers de nous! On a réussi notre challenge!
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  • Day0

    Zum Lago Chungará

    February 8 in Chile

    Heute fuhren wir mit Flavio von Putre zum Lago Chungará und damit durch den Nationalpark Lauca. Die Reise führte uns durch die Präkordillere, auf den Altiplano und zu den Anden. Wir beeilten uns morgens in dem Wissen, dass der Wind die Wolken tagsüber immer vom Atlantik (Osten) über die Andenkordillere treiben wird. Wir sahen auf dem Hinweg Flamingos, Vicuñas, Alpakas, Lamas und Andean Galls. Zum Glück konnten wir die Zwillingsvulkane Pomerape (Pumaspitze) und Parinacota (Flamingoküste) noch wolkenfrei ablichten. Am Lago Chungara (See von Moos und Steinen) sahen wir den Tagua gigantes (Gänseart) beim Nestbau zu. Außerdem konnten wir uns von Weitem von der Aktivität des Vulkans Guallatiri überzeugen. Weiter zu den Lagunas Cotacotani, die unter anderem auch der Wasserspeicher für Putre sind. Hier pflückten wir das Kraut Chachacoma, das blutdrucksenkende Eigenschaften haben soll, in jedem Fall aber den Geschmack unseres reichlich konsumierten Matetees (Coca) verbesserten. Mal nebenbei: Wir bewegten uns heute auf 4400-4600m Höhe. Das war für unsere Begleiter jenseits der 70 Jahren schon heftig. Von den Lagunas zum lost place Parinacota. In diesem Dorf wohnen noch 15 Personen. Sie fertigen Kleidung und Dekoration aus Wolle, damit es die Tagestouristen kaufen. Das Bild zeigt die Kirche. Die zugehörige Legende erzähle ich euch bei Bedarf live. Flavio führte uns dann zu einer Vizcacha-Kolonie. Diese kaninchenähnlichen Tiere haben es mir am meisten angetan, weil sie sich wie Kängurus bewegen. Bis auf zwei Meter ließen sie uns bei den Las Cuevas (Höhlen) heran. Auf dem letzten Abschnitt ließen wir uns in die Technik der Vizcuña-Jagd einweisen: Treibjagd auf eine Falle zu (siehe Foto mit der Steinmauer). Die Tiere bemerken den fehlenden Ausweg zu spät.
    Für mich war der Tag keine "Tourifalle", sondern mit Sicherheit einer der Höhepunkte der gesamten Reise.
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  • Day1

    Putre

    February 11 in Chile

    Seit sechs Tagen bin ich in dem Dorf Putre am Rand des Lauca Nationalparks. Hier wohnen 1500 Menschen. Es ist für die Bewohner der umliegenden Dörfer die wichtigste Versorgungsstation. Eine Tankstelle gibt es hier nicht. Dazu muss man nach Arica fahren, was drei Stunden Fahrzeit bedeutet. Es gibt aber eine Schule, in der die Kinder nach Bedarf auch in der Sprache Aymara unterrichtet werden. Die Lehrerin kommt dann extra aus Arica. Der gleichnamige Stamm der Indianer ist in vielen kleinen Dörfern auf dem Altiplano noch vertreten.
    Geografen nennen das hier eine semi-aride Zone. Die Temperaturen schwanken ganzjährig zwischen 20-25 Grad von Nacht zu Tag. Wir hatten ca. 5 Grad nachts. Die Vegetation ist nicht üppig aber durchaus genügend für eine reiche Vielfalt an Tieren.
    Mein Anlass hier zu sein war die Höhe (3550m) und die Anpassung daran. Dies Abenteuer dauerte auch bis vorgestern an und wird immer wieder spannend, sobald ich etwas körperlich anstrengendes unternehme. Der 1.Tag führte mich auf den Cerro Pitacane. Unterwegs entdeckte ich Felszeichnungen der Aymara. Vom 2.Tag am Lago Chungará berichtete ich. Am dritten unternahm ich eine Wanderung zu einem Wasserfall mit dortigem Picknick. Am 4.Tag machten wir bei ungünstigen Wetterverhältnissen eine Rundfahrt über den Altiplano mit erstmaligem Überschreiten der 5000m. Heute bin ich zu den Termas de Jurasi gegangen, um auf 4000m in heißem Wasser zu baden. Ich war mittags fast allein. Dabei ist Baden oder Schwimmen in Chile nicht so selbstverständlich wie bei uns, weil die Dichte mit Gelegenheiten fehlt.
    Für mich waren die Tage entspannend, weil es angenehme Kontakte gab und ich schöne Landschaften in einer erhofften Andersartigkeit begehen durfte. Danke, Putre.
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  • Day57

    Cotacotani viewpoint

    November 25, 2017 in Chile

    After all that drama, we tried to take some pictures of the reflection of the Parinacota volcano in the Cotacotani lake but it was quite windy and we couldn't see the reflection. After that, we drove back to the main road towards the viewpoint. Here, again, we had to join the queue off the trucks waiting for the road repair. Luckily, the queue started in a few minutes and then a km away, we were able to drive off the road for a few meters to the view point. The views were amazing. We spent a few minutes taking pictures and enjoying the view and then were able to get back to the end of the truck queue and continued further along the road.Read more

  • Day55

    Kukuli Hotel Putre

    November 23, 2017 in Chile

    We drove straight to Putre from Copaquilla. It was quite dark and around 9:30 pm when we reached Putre. The first hotel we went to was fully booked. We tried a few others but were not too happy about various things in each of them. Finally, we decided to stay at Kukuli Hotel. It cost us 30000 CLP for a night and the room was very comfortable and clean. We went around looking for a restaurant to have dinner. None were open at this hour. We asked at a small convenience store and were directed to the main square. Even here, everything was closed. Our bad luck from Arica had not fully left us yet oy seems 😉
    We decided to go back to the convenience store and biy some stuff to eat. We reached there at 11:05. It seemes the shop closed at 11:00 just a few min back. 😔 We also realized that we had got the room no 13 and it was a Friday. A coincidence???
    Luckily, we saw another shop open a few meters away. It also turned out to be a convenience store. We bought some biscuits, yogurt, juice and cakes for the dinner. This, we had it back in our room.
    We were extremely tired after a fully packed day. The next day we slept in late and woke up only at 10 am. The breakfast was over but we managed to get some leftovers even at 11 am after requesting the reception boy. After the breakfast, we were off to Suri Plaza.
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  • Day57

    Vicuñas near Cotacotani lake

    November 25, 2017 in Chile

    After we parked at the lookout we had been trying to reach from the Parinacota village end, we tried to climb a lava hill next to the lake for better views. The air was very rarefied and after climbing about halfway, we realized its the same view we had seen earlier plus we were getting late with a long distance still to go before sunset so we decided to go back and continue further.
    As we were driving back near the lake shore, we stopped to take a picture of the reflection of the Cotacotani volcano in the lake water. I walked back to that point along the shore while Hristo drove the vehicle along the track. A herd of vicuñas was trying to come towards the direction we were coming from and got trapped between the lava hills on one side with our vehicle just below and the lake with me standing near the shore. It was total panic chaos after that. Most of the herd ran past me while i prepared my cameras to take pictures and videos while one of them was too scared and started running towards the vehicle. Here, Hristo came out and started running after it 😄😄😄 Both kept running towards amd away from each other for about a minute before Hristo got totally out of breath due to the altitude and the vicuña decided that going around the lake was a safer option 😁😁😁
    Finally, it ran around the lake and the rest of the herd that had stopped and was looking back at the circus happening behind, too ran and joined it at the opposite end of the lake.
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  • Day57

    Chungará Lake

    November 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

  • Day57

    South to Salar de Surire

    November 25, 2017 in Chile

    Laguna Chungará is just 5 kms from the border of Bolivia. We managed to inch forward among the trucks and take the right exit to go South. We could see the queue of the trucks going all the way to Bolivia.
    We didn't have a booking for any place for that night amd there were major villages in this region. It was about 5 pm now, so we had about 3 hours of driving before it became too dark. The nearest town where we knew we could definitely find a place to stay was at Colchane, another border town about 200 kms away with the drive all the way through in the altiplano.
    We knew we would be quite late to reach there, so we decided to try staying at one of the Conaf (road and tourism authorities) place near Salar de Surire about 100 kms away. I had read about it in one of the blogs and we also found it on the Maps.me gps. This would be perfect for us since we had Salar Surire as our next destination in the itinerary, so basically, we could just get up the next morning and drive around the Surire salt plains.
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  • Day57

    Refueling time

    November 25, 2017 in Chile

    By the time we finished our meal and started again, it was 7 pm, we were still 60 kms from the Salar Surire. The fuel light turned on. We were running on the last 5 L of fuel now. We decided to stop and refuel from the tanks we were carrying. We had 40L in the tanks and we had done our calculations that this would be enough to get us back to one of the towns where there was a fuel station. So, we emptied one of the tanks into the vehicle and started on the way again. The fuel gauge now showed slightly more than half a tank of fuel.Read more

  • Day57

    Salar de Surire

    November 25, 2017 in Chile

    The way continued South towards Salar Surire. There were some amazing rock formations with different colors on the way but we continued driving since it was getting dark. We reached the Salar de Surire around 8:30 pm. It was starting to get dark now. We decided to go to the Conaf place and try and find a place to stay. The alternate plan was to continue further and sleep at the Pollequere hot springs. I had read in one of the blogs that the writer had camped besides the hot springs and it had been an amazing experience.Read more

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