Lauca National Park
Putre, Región de Arica y Parinacota, Chile
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Lauca National Park Covering more than 345,000 acres and home to volcanoes that soar to almost 20,000 feet above sea level, Lauca National Park has everything nature lovers dream of finding in the Andes. The park is part of the Biosphere Reserve Global Network, and local fauna include South American superstars like alpacas, llamas, guanacos, vicuñas, pumas, taruca deer, viscacha rodents, and rheas, as well as condors—the sight of whose flyovers is thrilling. The only downsides are that visiting the park requires a long journey and it can’t be seen in just a couple of days. Which, if you think about it, could make a good argument for planning a trip here.