in the desert. Lonely walks. Lakes, geysers and sand... tons of
it, in your wanderings through San Pedro de Atacama
Chile's "Archaeological Capital", where the first sedentary population
in the country settled, and men were able to make a parched and
arid land bear fruit; plus visits and excursions through desolated
and baking-hot landscapes.
The following visits are recommended in San Pedro de Atacama:
Padre Le Paige Archaeological Museum, its 450,000 archaeological items and its more than 100 ethnographic exhibits show the development of the Atacama culture over its 11,000 years of history. Fabrics, engraved plaques, ceramics, mummies and golden statuettes form part of this collection which was started in 1995, when the Belgian padre Gustavo Le Paige S.J., took over the parish of San Pedro.
Visiting hours: Monday through Friday from 9 to 12 a.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 12 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.
Address: Gustavo Le Paige s/n.
Church of San Pedro, declared a National Monument in 1951, it is considered to be one of the largest and most beautiful in the region. It was built in 1745, of stone and adobe. It has a rectangular ground plan and has a group of religious artworks inside, presided over by the figure of San Pedro, the patron saint of the town.