NPR: National Public Radio

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Posted: June 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

About the Llareta (Azorella compacta) plant.

NPR, National Public Radio in Washington, DC, USA,



Yareta or Llareta (Azorella compacta)

Yareta is well-adapted to high isolation rates typical of the Andes highlands and cannot grow in shade.
The plant prefers sandy, well-drained soils. Yareta is an evergreen perennial with pink or lavender flowers.
The self-fertile flowers are hermaphroditic and are pollinated by insects.
This mat grows near the ground where air temperature is one or two degrees Celsius higher than the mean air temperature. This temperature difference is a result of the long wave radiation re-radiated by the soil surface (which is usually dark gray to black in the Puna).

Llareta in the north of Chile

It can grow in nutritionally poor soils that are acidic, neutral, or basic (alkaline). The plant’s leaves grow into an extremely compact, dense mat that reduces heat loss.
Many yaretas are estimated to be over 3,000 years old. The yareta is estimated to grow approximately 1.5 centimeters (15 mm) per year. Although, traditionally harvested for fuel, its slow growth makes this practice non-sustainable.

The Washington Post

Categories: Happens in Putre
Posted: June 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

image of The Washington Post's journalist mention usThe Washington Post’s journalist mention us. Charles Lane wrote about the area, the search for a rare bird among the spectacular wildlife in Chile’s high Andes, Terrace Lodge, Flavio and Patrizia.

The Washington Post’s article

“In Putre, our base of operations was Terrace Lodge, a European-style hotel run by an energetic couple from Italy, Flavio and Patrizia d’Inca.

Terrace Lodge’s five rooms are basic but tidy, equipped with plenty of hot water and big, fluffy comforters to stave off the mountain chill, which can drop to near-freezing at night — even in the August high season, when we visited.

Patrizia serves breakfast, which is included in the room price and typically consists of fresh bread, cheese and one of her homemade oven creations, plus what surely must be the most authentic Italian cappuccino between La Paz and Arica.”

Flavio Tourist Guide

“Flavio’s job is to guide you through the national park and its surroundings — and it’s a task he performs both capably and enthusiastically. For a separate fee, ranging from about $100 to $150 per person, he offers a variety of day trips, each limited to no more than four passengers and focused on a particular selection of the region’s natural wonders.

It’s worth it to go with Flavio, because his four-wheel drive carries hot coca tea and an oxygen tank to ward off altitude sickness — and, more importantly, because Flavio is a bona fide expert on regional geography and history. He has an uncanny eye for wildlife, which enables him to spot small, elusive creatures like the huemul — Andean deer — that you might miss otherwise.

Our first jaunt with Flavio took us to the Quebrada de Allane, a deep canyon of red and yellow rock, through which the chilly Lluta River flows on its way from the high Andes to the Pacific. After exploring the canyon rim, we made our way down to the river, where Flavio showed us how to paint our names on some flat rocks using the strange yellow-covered mud that lies along the Lluta’s banks. Though the sun was strong and warm, my son reached into the water and plucked out several chunks of ice, which had apparently been carried down from the higher, colder elevations.

We continued from the Quebrada de Allane to Suriplaza, a broad plateau ringed by red-and-brown mountains nearly 15,000 feet above sea level. The odd coloring of the rocks, coupled with the overall barrenness of the place, made us feel like visitors to Mars. Despite its name — “place of the suris” — we saw no Darwin’s rheas at Suriplaza.

We did find a herd of vicuñas grazing in a bofedal. Once hunted almost to extinction for its precious silken wool, the vicuña has returned to abundance since being placed under government protection by several South American countries in the late 1960s, and Lauca National Park is one of their favorite habitats.

Flavio taught us to distinguish vicuñas from the taller, more robust guanaco, a similarly tawny camelid, which is thought to be the wild progenitor of the domesticated llama — just as the vicuña is the ancestor of the smaller, woolier alpaca…”

Canadian Olympic Games 2010

Categories: Happens in Putre
Posted: October 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Canadian Olympic Games 2010

Bombardier at Parinacota

Bombardier recorded a promotional video in Parinacota

video of Bombardier at Parinacota for Canadian Olympic Games 2010

Promoting the Canadian Olympic Games 2010

Bombardier, one of the sponsors of the Canadian Olympic Games, has chosen Parinacota for filming its promotional video Keep the flame burning.

The company proudly states:

“Sustainability is fundamental to how we think, how we conduct our business and how we identify and capitalize on growth opportunities. We formally report on our sustainability performance each spring through our Activity Report. As we continue our evolution toward integrated reporting, the report presents how Bombardier combines financial and non-financial considerations to generate long-term sustainable value.”

We were very happy with their presence and the promotion of Parinacota, of course.


Distance calculator

Categories: Happens in Putre
Posted: July 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

image of Distance calculatorDistance calculator. Have you ever wanted to know the distance between the Chilean cities?  The answer is yes, even if sometimes you had nightmares calculating it.

Easy Distance Calculator

Now it is very simple to calculate the distances using the calculator available at (in english, german and spanish).

Now that you know the distance…. remember that in Putre there are not service stations, but you can buy fuel from local re-sellers (at higher price).


Who feeds who?

Categories: Happens in Putre
Posted: April 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

flavio y vizcacha










Flavio and vizcachas at Salar de Surire.  They both love carrots…

What is Sustainable Tourism?

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Posted: December 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

“Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and is a major source of income for many countries. Being a people-oriented industry, tourism also provides many jobs which have helped revitalize local economies.

However, like other forms of development, tourism can also cause its share of problems, such as social dislocation, loss of cultural heritage, economic dependence and ecological degradation. Learning about the impacts of tourism has led many people to seek more responsible holidays. These include various forms of alternative or sustainable tourism such as: ‘nature-based tourism’, ‘ecotourism’ and ‘cultural tourism’. Sustainable tourism is becoming so popular that some say that what we presently call ‘alternative’ will be the ‘mainstream’ in a decade.

All tourism activities of whatever motivation – holidays, business travel, conferences, adventure travel and ecotourism – need to be sustainable. Sustainable tourism is defined as “tourism that respects both local people and the traveller, cultural heritage and the environment”. It seeks to provide people with an exciting and educational holiday that is also of benefit to the people of the host country.”

It is a trap!

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Posted: October 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Terrace Lodge, its owner and members of Alianza Gato Andino.

It is a trap connected to a camera: It is a camera trap.  Thanks to these camera traps we can see some of the rare and shy mammals that live here. Some members of Alianza Gato Andino (Andean Cat Alliance) have just left Terrace Lodge after four days spent in the area of Lauca Park.  Probably, right now, a puma or an Andean cat are attracted by the smell of the urine left in front of a camera trap. Some infrared sensors, activated at the passage of the animal, will trigger the camera.

It is not the first time that some camera traps are positioned by Alianza Gato Andino.  Some images are now in the “photos” page.  Under “Photosets” choose Andean Cat Alliance. The set includes the covers of two new books, “Field Guide To The Mammals Of Chile” and “Mamíferos de Chile”, written by biologist Agustin Iriarte Walton (far right in the photo).

Let’s wait a few weeks.  The results will be in our news.

Moonlight paintings.

Categories: Happens in Putre
Posted: July 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Another video taken by Bernd Pröschold around Putre.  The lack of a starry sky during that cloudy night has been rewarded by “moonlight paintings”.  The coloured peaks in the foreground are at about 4,800 meters above sea level.  The highest is at more than 5,000 masl.  In the background are the “Payachatas”: Parinacota (at right)  and Pomerape volcanoes. Photos and videos at


Starry nights around Putre

Categories: Happens in Putre
Posted: June 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Among the many photographers who came to Putre and stayed at Terrace Lodge there is one who is specialized in astrophotography: Bernd Pröschold.   He spent days and nights around Putre and the Lauca Park in order to take some incredible videos. 

After Bernd Proschold, a French photographer came  to shoot the landscapes by night: he is Stephane Guisard.  Watch his photos and videos at

If you are interested in astrophotography, please contact us and we will give you tips on where to take the best .

The good, dry season is usually from May till December.

Who were the artists?

Categories: Happens in Putre
Posted: April 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Who painted the caves around Putre?  And when?  To see these ancient paintings  is quite easy (at 90 minutes walking distance from the village) but to discover who painted them – and when –  is indeed a difficult task.   Thanks to a project realized by Andres Jimenez y Pedro Quevedo, a few weeks ago the archeo-anthropologist Marcela Sepulveda has been invited to report on some findings.  While it is not clear yet who painted the caves, it seems that she has some clues on when they did it:  they could be around 8,000 years old.

Some of them can be seen at Wilakawrani,  at about 6 kms from Putre.

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