Shore Excursion Details

Colonial Putre

Arica, Chile

Colonial Putre


  • 71/2
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Snack

Shortly after you leave Arica, your guide will draw your attention to the ancient Indian geoglyphs, or depictions on rocks of alpaca, people and birds. Stop by the pre-Inca village of Poconchile, once a resting station en route to the high plateau and a weigh station used during construction of the Arica-La Paz Railway. You’ll also stop at Pukara de Copaquilla, a restored 12th-century fortress built by the native Indians. Further along, near a small stream, lay the ruins of the modest Tambo de Zapahuira, a resting station on the Inca Road. As the road, lined with high plateau cacti, climbs higher, you’ll have great views into the deep and narrow river valley below.

Soon, the landscape opens up to a wide valley located under the massive, snow-capped Putre peaks. Perched about 10,000 feet above the sea, the town of Putre was founded in the 16th century by Spanish settlers to provide services for the traffic between the Potosi silver mine and Arica. There’s a wealth of interesting colonial architecture in the oldest part of town, along O’Higgins Street. Explore the town square and the church, built in 1670 and stop for a snack. Relax on the approximately 2 1/2 hour return to Arica.

Need to Know:

Note: Tour involves approximately 3100 feet/1000 meters of walking over uneven, steep and cobbled terrain and 15 steps. Because of the high altitude, this tour is not recommended for anyone with heart, respiratory conditions or high blood pressure. You’ll travel over many steep, winding roads.

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Excursion Type:

Historical Landmarks

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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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