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Chile’s Far North

After photographing Chile’s enormous Atacama Desert, I am venturing north. I have reserved quite some time in my itinerary for Chile’s far northern end, where close to the border with Bolivia, is Parque Nacional Lauca. At an altitude of between 3,000 and 6,300m above sea level, it comprises an area of 1,379 km² of Altiplano scenery, snow- capped volcanoes and lakes.

I used the town of Putre as a base, a scenic Aymará small commune at an altitude of 3,500 metres (11,500 feet). Staying in Putre was an ideal base for exploring and acclimatisation and allowed me to be close to the action, but also to get to know many of the local Aymarás. They are lovely people, very willing to share their experience in living in the Andes. This region is stunningly beautiful, but it can be very inhospitable as well. Except for the main access road to Bolivia, there are little or no tracks and road signs. I had to rely on advice and directions from...

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