Between the dirt streets of this ancient village, melts the mysticism of the ancestral cultures with the modern tourism. At 102 km from Calama is San Pedro de Atacama, land mainly of indigenous ethnic groups today devoted to agriculture and tourism. In the old Plaza you will find the church, dating from 1774, which is revealing the customs of its inhabitants: Skeleton of cactus wood, adobe and beams of algarrobo tied with leather. Very near is the Archaeological Museum R. P. Gustavo le Paige, where you will be impressed with the mummies and everyday objects that reveal the richness of the cultures in the area. The village is full of craft stalls, where you can buy fabrics, jewelry or herbs, as coca leaves, whose infusion can save you from the puna (or “evil height”) if you climb to the Tatio Geysers at 4,300 meters above sea level.
The journey that makes the Elqui river up to the beaches of La Serena spans some 140 km between hills planted with vineyards and peoples who for years have combined agriculture with tourism. The Elqui Valley is one of the most visited destinations of Chile, which you cannot miss if you are a nature lover and are looking for a relaxing experience and a different way of traveling through marvelous landscapes in a motorhome. Adentrándote 62 km to the east of La Serena by a paved road, you arrive to Vicuña, a quiet city, famous because here was born the poet and Nobel Prize in literature, Gabriela Mistral. From here you can continue on toward the interior of the valley until you reach Monte Grande, the village in which Gabriela Mistral spent his childhood and where it is still her school, home and her grave.