Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from all three Washington area airports to Santiago, Chile; Sky Airline flies from Santiago to Arica, which is about 78 miles from Putre and Lauca National Park, with fares starting at $250 round trip. La Paloma bus (about $3.50) leaves daily for Putre at 7 a.m. from German Riesco 2071. Rental cars are available but not recommended.
Avianca Aerovias offers one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to La Paz, Bolivia, where you can catch a $10 bus to Putre (or thereabouts).
Circunvalacion No. 25
Bright, European-style with excellent tours. Rooms from $60.
Hotel La Chakana
Family-run cabins with superb breakfast. Rooms from $60.
Arturo Perez Canto 339
Try the alpaca! Entrees start at $5.
Decent desserts, salads, all under $10.
Lauca National Park
Flavio d’Inca at Terrace Lodge leads tours of the park and surrounding sites for a fee of $100 to $150 per person per tour. Limit four people.