Chungara Lake

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Chungará Lake is a lake situated in the extreme north of Chile at an elevation of 4,517m (14,820 feet), in the Altiplano of Arica y Parinacota Region in the Lauca National Park. It has a surface area of about 21.5–22.5 square km and has a maximum depth of about 26–40m. It receives inflow through the Río Chungara with some minor additional inflows, and loses most of its water to evaporation; seepage into the Laguna Quta Qutani plays a minor role.

The lake is part of the Lauca National Park; a planned diversion of the lake's waters into the Azapa Valley being abandoned after a decision by the Chilean Supreme Court.

Open Water Swimming

Bárbara Hernández Huerta completed 7.5 km high-altitude swim across Chungará Lake in 10°C water on 28 November 2020 in 2 hours 11 minutes.

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