Sleeping at 3,500 m altitude

The Chakana Mountain Lodge offers perfect conditions to adjust to high altitudes. Because of the location at 3,500 m altitude, the difference in temperature between day and night might be considerable. Chakana offers therefore feather beds, hot water, a wooden stove in the public area, and heaters in every room. Small reading corners, the so-called "rincones", invite every tourist's soul to relax while getting informed about the diversity of the Andean world and a whole range of discovery tours.

Putre is ideal as a starting point for hikes. The routes have been used for centuries by the Aymara farmers and you might encounter them even today on the road leading their lama herds. The diversity of cactus and bird species satisfys every nature lover's heart. Following itineraries are easy to hike without a local guide using the descriptions below..


This circular hike leads through beautiful gorges up to a pre-hispanic settlement, the petroglyphs of Wilakahuranny and the summit cross of Pitacane. The Pitacane offers a beautiful panoramic view over the surrounding valleys and canyons, the Nevados de Putre and the village of Putre up to the Lluta Valley.

Duration: 1 day

Severity: Normal

Hiking area: Chile / Putre

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Chakana's own tour operator offers trips in the extended surrounding area. Because of the big distances which characterize the northern part of Chile we are often several days on the road. The tours are accompanied by local guides who give extensive information on the Hiking area, its culture, flora and fauna.


This tour stays for unique natural sceneries. Over a period of 5 days we travel an area which extends from the Pacific Ocean to the highest lake in the world, cross part of the Atacama desert and enter the highlands of the Chilean Andes. During half-day hikes we touch centuries-old Andean villages and learn about the very special flora and fauna of the Hiking area. The tour can be extended according to the requirements of the traveller. 

Duration: 5 days

Severity: easy

Region: Chile / Putre

Price: 389 Euro