"Two Options to Get To Lauca National Park" Putre Transportation Tip by TooTallFinn24
Putre Transportation: 1 reviews and 1 photos
Unless you are starting in Bolivia, most of the folks that come to Lauca National Park start in the coastal city of Arica. There are two options of getting to Putre and Lauca if you are a virtual tourist; renting a car and taking a tour bus.
Car Rental- There were four and checking with the Internet today I noticed there are now two rental car companies in Arica; Hertz and Klasse. Check rates but with insurance I would expect to pay at least $ 80 for a day. I saw only one gas station in the nearly 100 mile trip up to Lauca so this is not an area you want to run low on gas in. It is advised to carry extra gas in an approved container if you go by car.
Tour Company- A full day tour to Lauca National Park, Lake Chungara with many stops and lunch will run around $ 130 US dollars. One tour company to consider is Geopassage and their website is ; http://www.geopassage.com/Argentina/day_tour/Arica_/Full_Day_Lauca_National_Park_and_Chungara_Lake_Tour.html.
If you leave from Putre there is at least one tour company that offers trips up to the park and back is Aima-Ruta (Phone 56-58-245986), which is managed by natives that are descendants from the area.