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Parinacota

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
42 km from Putre by road
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Parinacota

Caroline Gourmaud Seasoned Traveller
221 written opinions

Parinacota Volcano is located at an altitude of 6,348 m, on horseback, on the Chilean-Bolivian border. It's located in the department of Oruro, in Bolivia and in the district ofArica and Parinacota Region, in Chile. 

My suggestion:
If you decide to attempt this volcano's climb, it's essential that you don't suffer from mountain sickness.
My review

Head to Sajama National Park to discover the majestic Parinacota Volcano, with an altitude of 6,348 m, next to Pomerape Volcano. Covered in ice and stalagmites, Parinacota has the particularity of being located both in Chile and in Bolivia.

Located approximately 4 hours from La Paz by road, the volcano isn't in a very touristy area. Moreover, travellers who want to attempt its climb are rare. It has to be said that it's located at an altitude of more than 6,000 m, all the same! The road to get there is also reputed to be not very accessible, due to the steep climbs and the sand which covers it.

If you want to attempt your first 6,000 m, choose Huayna Potosi instead, which has an "easier" reputation. Count on at least 2 days to climb the volcano and come back down. Headaches, cold and intense pains will be your companions on the trip. And yes, the climb up Parinacota is reserved only for great athletes!

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