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.
Located only 21 kilometers away from Puerto Montt and on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, Puerto Varas is known as the “City of the roses”, by the large amount of this type of flowers that adorn the streets. It is highly recomended to walk, visiting the houses of unmistakable German architecture and the impressive and colorful church, another reason to fall in love with this city, founded in 1853 by Swiss and German settlers who arrived to populate the south of Chile. Go and have fun at the local casino and the wide gastronomic offers that the city provides, in which stands out the artisan beers, meats and the steak sandwiches (typical Chilean).