Time  7 hours 41 minutes

Coordinates 3486

Uploaded April 1, 2018

Recorded March 2018

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15,540 ft
11,627 ft
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135.78 mi

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near Colchane, Tarapacá (Chile)

Among snowcapped volcanoes, ghost towns and a fauna that likes to show off, drive through this pristine, scenic, really beautiful route that crosses the Volcán Isluga National Park, the Salar de Surire Natural Monument, the Las Vicuñas National Reserve and the Lauca National Park. In addition, there is the possibility to bathe in natural hot springs. Also, admire the church of Isluga. You can eat and sleep in Colchane and Putre.

4x4 high-clearance vehicles are recommended as it is necessary to cross a river. Following this itinerary, you must carry extra fuel since you will drive 550 km between the last gas station in Pozo Almonte (Copec) and the first one in Arica (Shell). These gas stations are shown on the map.

I recommend getting in touch with the Chilean police (http://www.carabineros.cl/) and with the national parks administration (http://www.conaf.cl/) to know about the state of the road. Certainly everything will be more difficult in the rainy season, from December to February.

For further information, I suggest the Chile & Easter Island Lonely Planet guide book or/and the Chiletur Zona Norte Copec guide book (in Spanish).
Waypoint

Colchane

Town of Colchane.
Risk

Collapsed bridge over the Chusjavida river

Collapsed bridge over the Chusjavida river
Provisioning

Copec Pozo Almonte

Copec Pozo Almonte
Waypoint

Enquelga

Town of Enquelga.
Information

Guallatire

Town of Guallatire. Chilean police (Carabineros de Chile) control.
Building of interest

Iglesia de Isluga

Iglesia de Isluga
panorama

Laguna Arabilla

Laguna Arabilla
panorama

Monumento Natural Salar de Surire

Monumento Natural Salar de Surire
Waypoint

Putre

Town of Putre.
Risk

River crossing

River crossing
Provisioning

Shell petrol station in Arica

Shell petrol station
Spa

Termas de Enquelga

Termas de Enquelga
Spa

Termas Las Cuevas

Las Cuevas Región XV Arica y Parinacota, Chile

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