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A 6342-meter peak rises in the Altiplano. That is Parinacota, a volcano disputed by the Chilean and Bolivian borders.

Geographically located in the Bolivian province of Parinacota, in the department of Oruro, this volcano also shares its greatness with the Chilean high plateau. On this side, it is part of Region I, west of Arica and within the Lauca National Park. On the way to the summit of the Parinacota Volcano, you will have to climb a glacier that extends from the 5,200 meters high to the top of the mountain. This glacier will challenge you with slopes between 35° and 50° of altitude change that will force you to use crampons and ice axes. In the spring season you can find some cracks, mostly easy to jump, so it is very important to carry an auxiliary rope (12 to 20 meters), and have the technical knowledge to secure, hoist and knot it. Are you ready for this adrenaline-filled experience? Take a look at all the guided mountain climbing tours we offer at Explore-Share.com.

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Bolivia

Why should I choose Parinacota Volcano for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Beautiful places as you ascend

Its approach allows us to know amazing places such as the legendary town of Parinacota, known for its ancient and beautiful church, and Lake Chungara at 4500 meters of altitude. On the way, you will also discover its fabulous fauna, composed of chinchillas, vizcachas, vicuñas and pink flamingos.

The reward comes at the end

From the 5,200 meters of height you will start to hike a spectacular glacier that reaches its summit, crowned with a crater of 300 meters in diameter. It is said that the volcano erupted 16,000 years ago, covering all the town of Parinacota with lava. At the end of the ascent, the effort will have its deserved reward.

Nevados de Payachatas

The Parinacota together with the Pomerape Volcano are part of what is known as the Nevados de Payachatas, considered gods for the inhabitants of the Andean highlands, both Bolivian and Chilean. So in addition to its natural charm, this mountain represents a very powerful historical and cultural value.

What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Parinacota Volcano?

Because of its location, the mountain is very cold. At night, temperatures range between -14 ° and -24 °.

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What currency is accepted around Parinacota Volcano?

Bolivian or Chilean pesos.

How can I get to Parinacota Volcano?

It is possible to get Parinacota by public transport. There are bus companies with daily services from different points of Bolivia and Chile.

When is the best time to travel to Parinacota Volcano for Mountain Climbing?

May to December.

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