HIKE TO THE ROCK PAINTINGS OF WILAKAHURANNY

Duration:1/2 day
Level of difficulty:Normal
Region:Chile / Putre
Starting point:La ChakanaDownload:GPS-Data

ARRIVAL

The hike starts at Chakana in Putre. Arrival

DESCRIPTION

You cross the whole city of Putre, walk past the Plaza with its old church and take the path which leads downwards from the school and the military compound to the West. You leave more and more populated area behind you. To the left and to the right only some grazing areas are to be seen. Next you follow the path towards Puquios which is lined with two old stone walls.

After about 3.9 km the path splits in both directions, up and down. Here we take the north-western side of the valley downhill. We walk a narrow path which leads along tall cliffs and let us gaze into deep canyons covered by meadow foxtail. To the right a veritable cacti paradise opens up. 4.5 km further we discover an old shepherd hut. Now and then we see traditional terraces which are cultivate even on the steepest slopes.

After another 5.8 km you discover high up a lovely viewing point and camp from where you have a magnificent view over a pre-hispanic settlement which cannot be seen from down below. After another 200 meters the Wiakahuranny rock paintings appear - red on white bedrock. From here the same path leads us back to Putre constantly bringing new views and view points over the city.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Think of drinking water and sunscreen

GUALLATIRE 6,061 M

Duration:2 days
Level of difficulty:Heavy
Region:Chile / Putre
Starting point:Putre
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ARRIVAL

From Putre there are 63 km on the international road up to the border point on Lake Chungará. Shortly after this point a dirt road opens to the right which passes the hot springs of Chirigualla and leads to a small settlement with a small chapel (15 km). At the first junction after the spa you must turn left. The settlement is located at 4,450 meters and, due to a small stream passing through, it is well suited as a starting point for further trips meant to help your body acclimatize to the high altitude and to climb the Guallatiri peak. Alternatively, you can access the settlement using the road leading to Guallatiri. The down-side of this alternative road is the longer distance on dirt roads. If you whish to go higher in order get acclimatized you have various options along the track leading up but without water supply.

DESCRIPTION

We drive about half an hour uphill (14 km) whereby after just a few hundred meters we turn left. The car track is from approximately 5,200 m on no longer drivable and disappears covered by rubble in different directions. We now follow on foot the lowest trail which leads to the east up to its end. Then we walk cross-country up the slope. In the main season the orientation is facilitated by rock cairns and by well-worn trails. We cross another two trails, the second one at app. 5,380 m. We follow the broad, easy to recognize groove up to a saddle at about 5,850 m. From here it continues up the steep slope in serpentines until we reach a flat dome-like summit at around 6,050 m. Before us lies the fumarole producing loads of roaring steam. Over the flank to the left of the fumarole you continue to the hump-like summit which reaches 6,061 m.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Extreme altitude
Under certain conditions there may be strong sulfur vapors
No water in the base camp
Drivable access up to app. 5,000 m possible
Border mountain – permit required for foreigners

HIKE FROM PUTRE TO SOCOROMA

Duration:1 day
Level of difficulty:Normal
Region:Chile / Putre
Starting point:La Chakana
Download:GPS-Data

ARRIVAL

The hike starts directly at Chakana in Putre. Arrival

DESCRIPTION

In Putre we walk from the Plaza towards the military compound. From there we walk up the street until its upper end where we turn right and continue straight up to a large waist-high rock where the hike through the gorge beginnings. We stick to this route and cross the gorge to the other side where the path starts its way steep uphill. Up to the highest point (3,631 meters) it takes approximately one hour and 3.5 km - here we find two colorfully decorated crossroads. Looking back we have a magnificent view over Putre and the ice covered Taapaca.

In front of us we have the path to follow. We follow the path to the right of the antennas which continues now flatly. After 7 km we reach some unusually shaped sedimentary rock. We follow the route and see after 3 hours walk a mountain shaped like a perfect pyramid in front of us. The mountain now constantly leads our way like a signpost located straight in front of us. To the left we discover in the opposite canyon a green path - the water channel.

We make our way through sedimentary rocks while constantly going downhill. The path now leads to the opposite side of the canyon which, due to its water channel, is much greener. We cross the small river which has an unusual color - orange-brownish. The high meadow fox grass shines in the sun and adorns the small river’s landscape. We walk slightly uphill alongside flowers, bushes and various herbs of the Altiplano. After 9.8 km we reach a colorfully decorated cross at 3,209 m where from you have a beautiful view over the valleys and mountains around.

From here we turn left, cross the meadow fox grass and follow the well-worn way up. Soon we reach huge head-high cacti. After another 2 kilometers the way becomes wider and turns into a drivable road. Even if we still cannot see Socoroma it is not far away. In this area we see many guanacos. Open water pipes, fences and first terrace fields are first signs indicating that the next city is closed by.

After another kilometer Socoroma lies at our feet. A cross marks this point from which a good road leads for 4 km to the village. There is a shortcut for this 4 km through the gorge.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Don’t forget to pre-organize the transfer Socoroma - Putre
Think of drinking water and sunscreen
Constant altitude of 3.500 - 3.600 meters