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Amazing

San Pedro de Atacama is a small village located in the altiplane of the north of Chile, in the second region. This village is a natural attraction for thousands of tourists of the whole world due to the archaeology, the rustic style and the great quantity of things to do and discover here.
The village has 2500 inhabitants approximately and the principal economic activity of the settlement is the tourism followed of the minor agriculture.
Due to the great quantity of tourists in the village it has the most varied services for the visitor as housing, restaurants, agencies of tourism, crafts, centers of called, Internet, relay and police.
I have been here at least 5 times, but there is always something new to see and it never gets me bored.

History

It thinks that approximately 11.000 years ago behind the first peoples settled themselves in the north end of Chile, choosing the zone of the puna and the gullies of Atacama's desert.
The Atacameños were the original people of the "Culture San Pedro ", being established in the pit of the river and in all the oases of Atacama's desert.
The art of the Atacameños was showed in ceramics, fabrics, basket-making, carved in wood and in the metallurgy, specially of copper and bronze. They believed in the life after of the death for what they were burying with their own properties.
The atacameños managed to be the pre-Columbian village most developed of Chile.
At the arrival of the Spanish they appeared as a pacific people before the step of Diego de Alamgro and Pedro de Valdivia expeditions.

what to do here?

In San Pedro there are many things to do, from tours to Valley of the moon, valley of the death, Geyser del Tatio, Toconao, salar of Atacama, thermal baths of Puritama, Pukara de Quitor, lagoons , ruins of tulor, pozo 3, visit to the museum, visit to the Church, the shops of Crafts, horse rides, visit in bicycle, and sports as the climbing and the sandboard, really you are not gonna get bored here!!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:the weather, and the variety of things to do and to see
  • Cons:there is not electricity after midnight
  • In a nutshell:AMAZING
  • Last visit to San Pedro de Atacama: Jul 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2005
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  • jghpmontt's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    muy buena página...saludos

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2007 at 7:38 PM

    A unique and interesting travel page. I always read in school about Atacama Desert being one of the driest in the world. Yet so much to see and do for a tourist there. Cheers from Penang, SL :)

  • Jul 24, 2007 at 7:05 AM

    Patricia, bonitas fotos de los lugares que has visitado,cuando viajaras a Australia?si algun dia lo haces avisame.un saludo para ti,Edgardo

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2007 at 9:12 AM

    Wow! I learned a lot! I think this is number 11 on my wish list (only because I already listed 10)

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2006 at 3:56 AM

    The moon valley is really a very fascinating place which i hope to visit one day! Thanks for sharing!

  • Waxbag's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2006 at 10:36 AM

    Moon Valley looks like a great place. I´ll have to check it out. thanks, j

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2006 at 3:49 AM

    A great and informative page. Unfortunately I could stay there only for 2 days before doing the tour to Uyuni. And I am sure I come back to Chile one day!

  • Folbi's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2006 at 10:00 AM

    Hi Patricia, apart from the fact that a laundry costed me 10 US$ I really enjoyed my "2" days spent in San Pedro. I wish I had more time to explore Chile. Take care. Franck

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2006 at 1:35 PM

    What an unusual place, with geysers, a salt lake, thermal baths and deserts. Glad you included a tip about bicycle rentals.

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2006 at 7:41 AM

    Very informative tips and great pictures; this truly is a beautiful place ~ Helen

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