Atacama Desert: Pintados Geoglyphs, and Pica Village Tour
Air-conditioned transportation cannot be guaranteed in this destination. A boxed lunch is included in your tour. Please bring some cash for any purchases you might like to make.
Beverages - Water
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In the Atacama Desert, the hills may not have eyes, but they do have fish, dogs, and llamas.
We're talking about the Pintados Geoglyphs, a collection of over 400 mysterious carvings, some covering 60,000 square yards, in the landscape of the Tamarugal Plateau. You'll get to see a few of these on your way through the desert to stop at some major landmarks of the region.
One such landmark is the Humberstone and Santa Laura mining compound. Originally constructed during the 1870s when Chile's nitrate boom was in full swing, at its operational height, this outpost was home to thousands of salt mine workers. You'll realize this when you notice that there's much more than just mining equipment left in the area: Humberstone also includes a theater, hotel, and church, all built for workers and their families.
Speaking of churches, on this tour you'll also get to take in the splendor of one of Chile's most beautiful: the San Andres church, in the small desert town of Pica. First built between 1880 and 1886, the striking 19th-century domes, curves, and arches give the church its distinctly classical style. Walking inside, you may be even more impressed by the stunning azure ceiling and the realistic Catholic icons.
A decent proposal
According to local lore, a Spanish explorer in the Tamarugal region wished to wed the daughter of a native chief. The chief responded sarcastically that he would allow it "when the desert bloomed." Undeterred, the Spaniard set up an irrigation system, allowing all types of flowers and plants to bloom in the area and forcing the chief to acquiesce. And you thought your father-in-law didn't like your proposal.
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