If you want to get off the beaten track, this isolated national park richly rewards the effort. Dominated by the malevolently smoking Volcán Isluga, the park is dotted with tiny pastoral villages that house just a few hardy families or, at times, nobody at all. The park's namesake village, Isluga, is itself uninhabited. It functions as a pueblo ritual (ceremonial village), where scattered migrational families converge for religious events that center on its picture-perfect 17th-century adobe church. Hot springs can be found 2km from the village of Enquelga.
Parque Nacional Volcán Isluga's 1750 sq km contain similar flora and fauna to those of Parque Nacional Lauca, but it is far less visited. The park is 250km from Iquique and 13km west of Colchane, a small village on the Bolivian border.