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Located in Putre, 22 miles from Pucará de Copaquilla, Hotel Las Vicuñas provides accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Clean and spacious rooms Warm shower, good bed and heater Tasty food for dinner Friendly staff
Located in Putre, 22 miles from Pucará de Copaquilla, Hostal Vientos del Altiplano has accommodations with a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. Lovely staff and funny dog, it was like staying at your uncle's home. Amazing breakfast, we drunk thw juice made of fruit of the tree of their garden. The garden is full of flower and plant. Room quiet, comfortable, not cold (there was the heater). In the night you can see stars and milky way!
12 feet above sea level and 2 minutes’ walk from central Putre, Terrace Lodge is an ideal base for exploring the Chilean Altiplano. It has mountain views and free Wi-Fi. The lodge is sparkling clean and set in garden. The staff were friendly k nowledgeable and helpful. Breakfast excelled expectation
Located 23 miles from Pucará de Copaquilla, La Chakana Lodge has accommodations with a shared lounge, a garden and a shared kitchen for your convenience. La Chakana is about 800m outside of Putre, which makes it ideal for a little walk at night to have dinner in Putre and to have a pitch black night to gaze at the stars. We took some amazing nightsky pictures! For that alone we loved the location. There’s a shared kitchen to prepare simple food and Juan Carlos, the owner, prepared every day a little bit different breakfast and when we had to get out early, it also wasn't a problem to get breakfast at 7 am. The lodges were really nice and warm water, heater, electrical outlets and wifi were working.
Very good restaurants (our favourite La Casona, we went there 3 times). Very good place to stay to visit the surroundings. Access to bank machine. Many places where you could buy food to make your own lunches went going out for the day. The little place in the centre of the town is nice. We stayed at Terrace Lodge which we highly recommend. Can walk around the town. We always walked from our hotel to any of the restaurants or anywhere in town. Note that there are no gas stations in Putre. Gas can be purchased from few hotels. You buy a “jerrycan” at high cost.
It's very isolated and not very touristy. You can find surprisingly varied restaurants (including traditional chilean and peruvian food) and ridiculously cheap lunch specials. The town handcraft and grocery stores open very early around 7am and some remain open after 9pm, which gives you some room to improvise. There's also a bunch of government agencies with offices in Putre, they were very friendly and helpful. Putre is the ideal spot to launch expeditions to all the awesome places in and around the Lauca national park.
A stepping stone to the altiplano. Little quiet town. Good birdwatching in the vicinity. Easier to explore the area if you have your own car (Lake Chungará route; Socoroma, Belén, Parinacota), but many tour operators are available, and some are locals and full of wonderful insight. To go further inside Lauca park (to Vicuña Reserve and Surire Salt flats) it is recommended to have a 4x4 car, and if you are traveling as a family I would wait at least 3 days in Putre/ Chungará to really acclimatize before going that far. Great family nature walks in the sendero las Cuevas and by lake Chungará, short and wonderful, full of wildlife. Just wait until you can breath well to attempt them! :)
Putre is a great stop to explore the Altiplano in the North of Chile. It is still at a manageable altitude (3'500m), and is more or less the only town with facilities for tourists in the area. We visited Putre in July 2019, and all the roads around were easily passable with a regular car (with a few passages through a stream and a bit of a muddy dirt track here and there). A 4x4 would make you more comfortable but nothing you can not manage with any type of car. The problem is the lack of a petrol station in Putre, some restaurants and hotels will sell you fuel (Diesel is easier) for a surcharge, so plan your stay well. Get one or two canisters of fuel in Arica before you drive up.
We were happy with everything about Putre but I had altitude symtoms and had to leave early. This is not the fault of anyone but one needs acclimatization for 3, 400 m if living at sea level normally. And age and pre-existing health conditions impact acclimatization.
The town is very quiet. The temperature is warm, about 70 degrees daytime. The town is easy to walk around, the people are friendly and helpful. the restaurant food is certainly better than you get in small town America. An abundance of guides, we used Andino tours. I would not recommend lake Chungara because of the miles long line of trucks going to Bolivia.