San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

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.