Tour Arica to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – Day 1

September 23, 2015

This is the start of a 5 day/4 night private tour with Mayuru Tours from Arica to San Pedro de Atacama through the Chilean Altiplano. For their complete itinerary click here.

Day 1 – Arica to Putre

Arica

View from Morro of Arica

Arica, a coastal town in the far north of Chile, is a bustling port city and free port for the land locked Bolivia, which still claims sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean.

Arica

Francisco and our ride for the next 5 days

Francisco met us at the hotel at 9:30AM as promised for the start of the 5 day 4 night tour from Arica to San Pedro de Atacama. Today’s itinerary was interesting but filled with numerous B or C sights – most of which took little time to visit. More of an introduction to the region than must-see sights that leave an impression.

Archaeological Museum of San Miguel of Azapa

The highlight of the day was the 4000-2000 BC Chinchorro mummies at the Archaeological Museum of San Miguel of Azapa, about half of which were preserved naturally due to the extremely arid climate and high salt conditions of the area. The other half were intentionally mummified using artificial methods.

Archaeological Museum of San Miguel of AzapaArchaeological Museum of San Miguel of AzapaArchaeological Museum of San Miguel of AzapaArchaeological Museum of San Miguel of Azapa

Other sights included:

Morro of Arica – vista point above the town.

Arica

Arica

View from Morro of Arica

 

Terminal Asoagro – local market.

Arica - MarketArica - Market

 

Tropilla Geoglyphs in the Azapa Valley.

Tropilla Geoglyphs

Tropilla Geoglyphs

Stopped for lunch in Poconchile in the Lluta Valley. Basic but good food at an atmospheric rustic establishment.

Lluta Valley - Poconchile

Lluta Valley

Lluta Valley

While both the Azapa and Lluta Valleys are agricultural basins fed by a river, olives and other fruits are grown in the Azapa Valley where the water has a lower salt content and vegetables are grown in the Lluta Valley where the water is more saline.

Iglesia de San Gerónimo – 17th century church.

Iglesia de San GeronimoIglesia de San Geronimo

 

Candelabra Cactus

Candelabra Cactus

 

Pukara de Copaquilla – 17th century pre-Hispanic fort.

Pukara de Copaquilla

 

Village of Socoroma known for its terraces and restored adobe church.

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