Hike to the summit of Cerro Toco for panoramic views to Bolivia, Argentina and the surrounding volcanic peaks of the Atacama Desert
Located just 6km from the border of Chile and Bolivia, Cerro Toco – a depleted volcano - is awe inspiring to look at from the ground and offers equally impressive views from its summit. Hiking experience and a solid level of fitness if required to reach the peak of Cerro Toco, as with any mountain in the surrounding Andes. Starting at the trailhead, you’ll gradually ascend to a starting altitude of 5,000 metres (16,400 ft), where the dusty roads lead into rows of dramatic hills, some of which may be dusted with snow. The ascent can be taken at a steady pace, as this high-altitude trek is all about the enjoyment of the climb. After a roughly two to three hour climb, the trail reaches the summit at 5,600 metres (18,700 ft). Take a moment to revel in the surrounding mountainscape, with views out to Laguna Blanca and the Salar de Atacama. Later you’ll descend back to the awaiting support vehicle and return to your accommodation with a sense of achievement.
Note: Acclimatisation to the altitude of the Atacama Desert is required prior to enjoying this experience. A minimum five night stay is recommended.
Year-round subject to weather conditions and ability
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