This active volcano is one of two of the Payachata (or twin) mountains, the other being Pomerape. Parinacota is a great mountain to climb, it’s not technically difficult but requires a lot of stamina. It’s also beautiful to look at with its almost perfect cone shape.
Best time to visit
Between October to May
How to get there
Fly to the city of Arica from Santiago International Airport or drive there from La Paz in Bolivia. From Arica take a short drive to the national park
The national park has a desert climate with temperatures averaging 20 degrees celsius during the day and in the minuses during the night. The weather in the mountains in considerably colder
The two mountain climbing attractions are the twin mountains, Parinacota Volcano which sits at 6342m and its twin, Pomerape which sits at 6282m. These are both simple mountains to climb in that they don’t require any technical climbing. However, there are a few step sections and that together with the altitude can make it tricky for some climbers. If you have a good level of fitness and have done some acclimatization, you should be fine
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