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Ojos del Salado Volcano

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Ojos del Salado is the highest volcanoes in the Chilean Andes and the third in the American Continent with 6893 meters above sea level.

The greatest active volcano in the world, it´s part of the “American Roof”, mountains that surpasses the 6.000 meters high.

Ojos del Salado Volcano is the favorite one for mountain climbers during spring and summer time. If you want to climb it, the volcano features two refuges in the northwest slope.

It has different landscapes like deserts, glacier valleys and sand fields, among others.

You can access it only with a legal authorization. The excursions must be done with a guide and informed to Carabineros de Chile (Police department) as well as the Atacama Sernatur (National Service of Tourism), in case of emergency.


Incredible relief (good for climbing)


Trekking, hiking, high mountain tours, climbing, mountain bike.


Third region. Located 290 kilometers northeast of Copiapo.

How to get there?

Santiago, Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Calama-Copiapo: Airway.

Anywhere-Copiapo: Land route, by Route 5 North. Public and private transportation.

Copiapo- Verde Lagoon: Land route, by International Route CH-31.

Anywhere-Chamonte Small Airport: Airway.

Chamonte Small Airport-Copiapo: Land route, by Panamericana Highway.

Copiapo-Ojos del Salado Volcano: Land route, by Internacional Route CH-31

When to go?

January, February, March.


High desertic weather. The temperature oscillates between day and night time, and the summer rain is more frequent with a high media of 14,8 milimeters. The high media temperature is 18,4ºC and the lowest is -15ºC.


Mountain climber refugees.


Camino del Inca, Lamas River springs, Copiapo, Atacama desert, El Salvador, Santa Rosa Lagoon, Verde Lagoon, Nevado Tres Cruces National Park, Los Loros town, Maricunga town, Negro River springs, Totoral, Ojos del Salado Volcano.


Free entrance.

Tourist can ask for permission in the Direccion de Fronteras y Limites (Difrol), fax number (56-2) 6971709, or Atacama Sernatur, fax number (56-52) 217248. You have to show the authorization in the Maricunga Border Customs.

All mountain climbers have to ask for a second permission in the Regional Government of Atacama, fax number (56-52) 212460. Show it in the Maricunga Border Customs.

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