Located in Chile's Northern Area, this National Park stands out for mixing foothill with altiplano kind of landscapes and being one of the most photogenic in the country.

Located in Chile's Northern Area, this National Park stands out for mixing foothill with altiplano kind of landscapes and being one of the most photogenic in the country.

Two hours and a half from Arica in the Big North, is located this  National Park, owner of breathtaking sceneries, amazing volcanos, and one of the highest located lakes in the world. These are the 5 reasons you must visit this beautiful park before you die.

1. You'll be able to take that perfect photo for your Instagram

As opposed to other National Parks in Chile, this one is in a high altitude, so it's the only one that owns those impressive landscapes that characterize the Altiplano.  The twin volcanos, Payachata, and the Chungará lake, one of the highest located in the world, are worthy of a postcard.

2. You'll have the chance to see the Andean Condor and other wild animals up close

Its rich diversity on flora and fauna gave it the title of Worldwide Biosphere Reserve. In this park, you can see vicunas, vizcachas, cóndores, and more than a hundred bird species, while you camp on the side of a peaceful lagoon.

3. You'll get to know about the fascinating pagan religious celebrations of the local people 

This park is also the home of the Aymara, local people that keep its cultural traditions until today, celebrating pagan religious parties by playing Andean music and herding llamas.

4. You can see long ages past fossils and Inca historical monuments

9.000 years old fossils have been found in Lauca National Park. These are the rest of bonfires left on the area by hunter-gatherers. Tambo Quemado, Las Cuevas rocky refuge, and Las Cuevas Inca Chacus are the most important archeological places in the zone.

5. You'll travel in time by visiting ancient little towns

In  Parinacota, Chucuyo, Ajata and Cruzane towns, is like the time has stopped. When you step this dry region, you go into the Aymara's people pre-Columbian past, especially when you face the historical Paricanota Church.

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