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Licancabur Volcano (5,916 mts / 19,404 ft)
Licancabur is a highly symmetrical stratovolcano on the southernmost part of the border between Chile and Bolivia. It is located just southwest of Laguna Verde in Bolivia and northwest of Juriques volcano. The volcano dominates the landscape of the Salar de Atacama area. The summit crater is about 400 m wide and contains a 70 by 90 m crater lake which is ice-covered most of the year. This is one of the highest lakes in the world, and despite air temperatures which can drop to -30 °C, it contains planktonic fauna.
The atmospheric pressure at Licancaburs summit is less than half that at sea level. Because of this thin atmosphere and the volcanos low latitude Licancabur is only 2500 km south of the equator the summit is exposed to more intense ultraviolet (UV) radiation than just about any other spot on Earth.
Licancabur was a sacred mountain to the Incas.
Extensive Inca ruins are located at the summit, Licancabur, was probably used by the Incas to communicate between mountains. The Inca would climb up there and set fires to send messages.

Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) (4,400 mts / 14,435 ft)
Is a very, very impressive emerald green colored lake, it has a surface area of 17 km2.
Its water color is caused by sediments, containing lead, sulfur, arsenic, cooper and calcium carbonates. The water temperature must drop well below freezing before ice can form and has been seen still liquid at -20° C.

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