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 Aysen Patagonia has features that differ from the rest of the Patagonia: impenetrable forests, moss, lichens and abundance of water in all its formats, where lakes, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, fjords and even clouds are essential components of a landscape that immediately will captivate you. Thanks to the large number of rivers and lakes, fly-fishing is one of the main activities of this destination, ideal to go from river to river in a motorhome. You can put to test their patience and skill by the rivers Simpson and Baker, who are among the best rivers for fishing. There also exist many fishing lodges in lakes such as the General Carrera, you can choose according to your taste and budget.
The main attraction of this National Park are their famous mountains. Also you will be surprised with its trekking circuits that go through woods and hills, waterfalls and lakes, with privileged views of the white mantle of Southern Ice Field. Enjoy the 17 hours of light accompanying you in the summer and do not miss the dawn, when the horns of the Torres del Paine massif are dyed in purple and red. Surf the Lago Gray until the edge of the glacier of the same name, letting you admire this mass of ice.