Silver Route Trekking

The Lauca Biosphere trekking crosses an impressive ecosystem from 2,800 masl to the foot of Chungará Lake and the Payachatas Volcanoes, in the heart of Lauca National Park. We enter the immense Altiplano walking and cross the Andes Mountain Range at the Belén pass, located at 4,670 masl.

The route is part of what used to be the Ruta de la Plata (Silver Route) that linked the rich mineral of Potosí with the port of Arica between the XVI and XVIII centuries.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lauca Biosphere Reserve;
  • 10 days of trekking on historical trails.
  • 2 Ascents to summits of 5,000 metres, without any technical difficulty.
  • Abundant sighting of wild fauna.

PROGRAMME LEVEL

INTERMEDIATE. Programme aimed at people with certain experience in the mountains, who are physically prepared for steady efforts. Walks of between 4/7 hours and 15/20 km. Differences in altitude of between 600 and 800 m. Summits of 5,000 metres without any technical complications.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Transfer in airport – Arica. Night at hotel.

Day 2: Arica – Valle Copaquilla. Visit Archaeological Museum Azapa. Azapa Valley, Lluta Valley. Transfer to Copaquilla. Acclimatisation trekking. Night at camp.

Day 3: Copaquilla – Caillama. Trekking of 6 hrs. Night at camp.

Day 4: Caillama – Belén. 6 hr trekking. Night at family hostel.

Day 5: Belén – Alto Misaña. 3,5 hr trekking. Night at camp.

Day 6: Alto Misaña – Challapacheta. Trekking of 8 hrs. Crossing of the Andes Mountain Range at Belén Pass (4,670 masl).

Day 7: Challapacheta – Lauca. Trekking of 6 hrs. Night at family hostel.

Day 8: Lauca – Salar Surire. Trekking along the Lauca river, 3.5 hrs. Night at camp.

Day 9: Salar de Surire salt flat. Ascent Chihuana Mountain (5,300 masl).

Day 10: Salar Surire salt flat – Chungará Lake. Transfer to Chungará Lake. Trekking of 2.5 hrs. Night at camp.

Day 11: Chungará Lake– Parinacota. Trekking Chungará-Parinacota, 5 hrs. Night at family hostel.

Day 12: Parinacota. Ascent Guane Guane Mountain (5,100 masl). Night at family hostel.

Day 13: Parinacota – Putre. Trekking in the Parinacota wetland. Jurasi hot springs. Night at hotel.

Day 14: Putre – Arica. Visit Socoroma village. Free afternoon in Arica.

Day 15: Transfer out airport.