ROUND TRIP PITACANE

Duration:1 day
Level of difficulty:Normal
Region:Chile / Putre
Starting point:La Chakana
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ARRIVAL

The hike starts in Chakana / Putre. Arrival

DESCRIPTION

The round trip starts at Putre’s market. You pass the market and take the path starting at the school and the military area leading down towards the West. We leave more and more populated area behind us. To the left and to the right only grazing areas are to be seen. At the crossroads for Puquios we keep left towards Puquios, the former train station on the route Arica - La Paz. We follow the road straight ahead, cross a small mountain stream and walk along old pasture walls, the so called Pirkas.

After about 4 km the path splits in both directions, up and down. Here we take the north-western side of the valley downhill. Once arrived at the bottom we cross a small mountain stream. 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 cultivated even on the steepest slopes.

After about 5 km we climb down and leave the beautiful Quebrada de Putre with its waterfalls behind us. (Note: mobile net reception possible here!). From here 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. In former times a shepherd hut was erected here with a roof of rocks. Unfortunately soldiers destroyed parts of the paintings - a sad prove of present day people’s ignorance. We continue our way towards North-East, pass a small shepherd hut and reach the next major canyon Quebrada Laitane.

Some 7 km further on we reach the crossroads to Puquios to the other side of the valley, whereby the left path leads directly to the former train station. We stay on our side of the valley and walk, keeping to the right, higher up along the steep rocky hill. The opposite side of the valley is covered by old terraces and to our right huge cliffs rise up. We walk along an old path which once was mounted with rocks. We penetrate deeper into an area rich in cactus species whose numbers increase as we go up and whose size become larger the further we go. After 7.5 Km on the left side of the valley we see three to four water pools located one above each other and fed by a blustering waterfall. One could say these are the "7 tazas de Putre". Shortly thereafter we reach a crossroad. To the left the path leads down to the river and to its end. We take it to the right walking further up over an edge and leave the Quebrada Laitane.

We have in front of us a new gorge with a unique outlook over giant rocks and a multitude of cacti which you rarely get to see. We follow the path through this world of rocks and cacti. The further we continue the more the vegetation is changing. We see less cacti which are now replaced by shrubs. After another 9 km the view is changing - Putre lies at our feet.

The Pitacane summit is now to be climbed. We keep to the right – the summit cross in front of us shows us the way. As we reach the altitude of 3,534 meters we have a great panoramic view - the Lluta Valley, Putre’s green terrace fields and the peaks of Taapaaca covered in ice. From the summit there is still one hour back to Putre. To get there we follow the footpath, Putre is located to our right hand side.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Do not forget to take along drinking water and sunscreen
Constant altitude of 3500 m - 3600 m
About 16 km

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

HIKE FROM PUTRE TO SOCOROMA

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