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Summit of Cerro Toco (Stratovolcano - 5.604m or 18,386 ft), the Purico Complex, the Atacama desert, Antofagasta, Chile.

Summit of Cerro Toco (Stratovolcano - 5.604m or 18,386 ft), the Purico Complex, the Atacama desert, Antofagasta, Chile.

Cerro Toco is a stratovolcano located in the eastern part of the Atacama desert in Chile's II Region (Antofagasta), approximately 6 km (4 mi) south of the border between Bolivia and Chile and 12 km (7 mi) SE of the Juriques and Licancabur volcanoes. It conforms the north eastern extreme of the Purico Complex, a pyroclastic shield made up by several stratovolcanoes, lava domes and a maar.
Cerro Toco is located in the Chajnantor Scientific Reserve, as is most of the Purico Complex. The Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Huan Tran Telescope are located on the western side of the mountain at approximately 5,200 m (17,100 ft).

Although it is 320 meters less high and far less spectacular of a sight than it´s famous neighbour Licancabur, Cerro Toco still provides rewarding hiking opportunities. Novices can get a gentle introduction to high altitude climbing, while the views from the summit to the surrounding volcanos such as Licancabur and Lascar and beyond the bolovian border to Laguna Blanca are breathtaking. For more experienced climbers this is still a good summit to get acclimatised for trips to one of the nearby higher mountains.

Cerro Toco has two routes:

The Southern Route has an elevation gain of about 600 meters and takes 2 to 3 hours up, 45 min down.

The Northern Route is longer with an elevation gain of about 1000 meters, taking 4 hours up.

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Photo taken @ San Pedro de Atacama on 15 February 2019 (© ER's Eyes / Flickr)

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