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Experience – Volcán Ollagüe, Bolivia.

  • Address: Volcán Ollagüe – Potosi, Bolivia (Google Maps)
  • Hours: All Day
  • Recommended Time: 1 hour
  • How to Arrive: By car
  • Distance from Uyuni: 200 km / 124 miles
  • Distance from San Pedro de Atacama: 292 km / 181 miles
  • Ideal Month(s): November – March

Volcán Ollagüe is a large stratovolcano nestled in the Andes mountains on the border between Bolivia and Chile. While Ollagüe straddles the border between Chile and Bolivia, most of the edifice is on the Bolivian side. Its highest summit is 5,868 meters (19,252 ft) above sea level. Ollagüe started developing more than one million years ago. While there is no clear evidence of historical eruptions, the volcano is considered to be potentially active and is monitored by the National Geology and Mining Service of Chile.

The original name of the volcano was Ullawi. It is derived from Aymara ullaña, which means “to see,” “to look at,” “to watch,” and ultimately the “viewpoint.” Ollagüe is the common name.

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