San Pedro de Atacama Origins Afternoon Walking Tour

Travel back in time with us on this San Pedro 2 hour in-depth cultural adventure around the city outskirts. We will peel back the layers of foreign influences and conquistador invasions that came through our Atacameño lands over the last 11,000 years. We start by going back before this was Chile’s land, 150 years ago, before it was Bolivians, Spanish, Incas and Tiwanaku territory. We explain all the culture behind the archeological sites and landscapes you visit on your outdoor excursions. Are you a curious nomad with an unusual amount of enthusiasm for culture? This tour will fill your inner desires. This tour's grand finale is a visit to an Ayllu (traditional form of community) inside an oasis… A tour where you should expect to learn and discover what it is like to be a Atacamaño local.

3pm: Plaza de Armas

Find your bilingual freelance Wally guide waiting for you in the middle of the Plaza de Armas in San Pedro. Head over to San Pedro Church to discuss church history, learn about the cruz andina, the chakana waka, wiphala and the importance of wenufoye to the locals.

3:40pm: Culture Inside Ceramics & Adobe

Stop in to meet a local ceramic artist to understand the timeline of pottery evolution in the Atacama Desert. Find out why the mummies buried in the area were placed inside pottery with their heads looking out the top lid. Discover that the ancestral knowledge for the construction of almost all the original settlements in the world focuses on the use of Adobe, and its characteristics make it the material of the future.

4:10pm: Tiawanuku & Código de Aguas

Laser cutting technology, deformed heads, and inhalants? What didn't the Tiawanuku change about local culture? Ayllu existed then and today. Follow us into this ancestral form of community organization. Pinochet, politics and water rights are probably not why you joined this walking adventure, but without this stop you wouldn't understand the local Licanantay people.

4:50pm: Licancabur

Has history run it own course? With, to or over the local Lincantay people? They might have lost their Cunza language, their water, many of their traditions, but they still have their dignity and identity intact. Discover how they used the land 11,000 years ago and still do today. Grasp the importance of the Licancabur and a ritual involving our natural mother, Patahoiri.
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