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The Lluillaillaco Volcano, in the north of Argentina and Chile, is a stately and remote peak where you will find unique landscapes and colors.  Lluillaillaco is also the highest archeological site in the world, where Incaa remains have been discovered, making it a mysterious and ancient place to explore.

The slopes of Llullaillaco are very steep, especially at higher altitudes. At 6, 100 m, the volcano has a crater with snow and ice. Further up, at the summit, it has four lava domes. The ascent is difficult, and you will need to have mountaineering experience and a good fitness level to take on this challenge. An experienced guide will be able to help you with logistics and also provide adequate safety guidelines.


The slopes of the volcano are fairly steep, with an altitude drop of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) over only 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) horizontal distance.[18][31] The slopes high up are steeper than those at lower altitudes.[32] A crater at 6,100 metres (20,000 ft) altitude was formed early in the development of the Llullaillaco volcano.[33] Erosion has reduced it to a plateau.[30] This crater is filled with snow and ice. The ice shows evidence of recent geothermal heating.[34]

Llullaillaco seen from space, with lava flows clearly visible.

The summit of Llullaillaco is formed by a small cone with about four associated lava domes,[30] which reach lengths of 1–3 kilometres (0.62–1.86 mi) and have abrupt walls




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The climate of Llullaillaco is very dry, cold and sunny. The average temperature is around −13 °C , and can drop to as low as −20 °C at night.




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How to get there

You will need to arrange transport to the volcano with your guide or drive either from Salta Province in Argentina or from Antofagasta in Chile.

Country code

Argentina: +54 Chile: +56

Best time to visit

February to September






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