Isluga Volcano National Park

Isluga National Park

Isluga National Park

The Isluga Volcano National Park has an area of 174.744 hectares, is located within the 2,100 and 5,400 meters above sea level. This Park comprehends parts of the locations of Huara, Camiña and Colchane, from a distance of 265 meters from Iquique, which represents over three hours of journey.

The Isluga Volcano National Park is formed by plateaus and abrupt relieves which forms different kinds of landscapes. The hills Alpajares, Quinsachatas and Llanquipa, stands out in this park. They all have heights above the 5.000 meters above sea level. The greatest attraction in this place though, is the Isluga Volcano, which counts with snowy peaks and emission craters.

Walking through the excursion paths of the Volcano Isluga National Park, you may appreciate different ecologic and vegetable environments, as the Arabilla Lagoon (Laguna Arabilla). In this place is possible to appreciate local fauna like the Chilean flamingo (flamenco chileno) and a great variety of birds.

The most important attraction of the Isluga Volcano National Park, is the geothermical field of Puchuldiza (Campo geotérmico Puchuldiza) formed by geysers and hot springs in which the water reaches the 85ºC. The fumaroles can be appreciated at dawn in the Chilean plateau, and in winter, during the coldest months, the water freezes forming magnificent ice blocks.

The northern landscape of the Isluga Volcano National Park, presents vegetable groups, called desert rushes (matorrales desérticos) which comprehends species like cactus, opuntias, llaretales, gueñoales and wetlands (bofedales).

The Isluga Volcano National Park fauna is typical for its guanacos, vicuñas, llamas, alpacas, Patagonian fox ( zorro culpeo), vizcachas, common rheas (ñandú), brown pintail (pato jergón), the puna ibis (cuervos de la Puna), the harrier (aguilucho), the condor (cóndor), among others.

Near the Isluga Volcano National Park, there is the Aguas Calientes Hot Springs (Baños Termales Aguas Calientes), which waters reach the 30ºC. There also is the Puchuldiza Hot Springs (Termas de Puchuldiza), place where there are about ten fumaroles.

Isluga Volcano National Park

Isluga Volcano National Park

The Isluga Volcano National Park, has important archaeological resources, like height sanctuaries, pukaras, citadels, funeral parlors, Incaican chullpas, which are distributed among the plateau hills. The ones which stands out are the Tata Jachura Hill (Cerro Tata Jachura), the Wanapana o Cariquima Hill (Cerro Wanapana o Cariquima), the Tata Sabaya Hill (Cerro Sabaya) and the Isluga Volcano (Volcán Isluga). The Incas developed religious rituals in these hills. Within the hot spots of this area we can mention the XVII century Church in the town of Isluga, built in adobe and with tile roof, which inside houses religious objects of unique beauty. One of the most traditional and beautiful activities of the First Region is weaving, typical for its girdle, blankets, and bows, with holy and daily motifs of the aymara life.

The entrance is free.

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