Ancestral Excursions

Tierra Atacama

To strengthen connections with the Atacama community and its traditions, Tierra Atacama, along with Chile’s Foundation for Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Tourism, created these special tours for travelers interested in getting to know San Pedro de Atacama in a different way.

Ancestral crops – Toconao

Our local guide, Sigisfredo Marchant, will lead us through the fruit-growing sector of town starting at the Toconao Plaza. We will make our way from Bosque Viejo to the gorge in the Laxira y Cali area, where we will learn about different fruits grown in Toconao and how they are cultivated in the driest desert […

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Textiles weaved with Cactus Needles – Socaire

We will travel to Socaire to meet a family of indigenous artisans who will show us the ancestral process for creating fine textiles from alpaca, llama and lamb’s wool. Led by Ada Cruz, these women will show us how to make our own wool pompoms and teach us techniques for knitting with cactus needles, resulting […

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Desert flavors – Paths in Coyo

We will visit an indigenous family’s business and discover their ecological farm, their restaurant serving indigenous cuisine, and a forest inhabited by dierent bird species and 500-year old trees. We will tour their gardens and learn about their crops and animals before participating in an Andean food tasting. We’ll get to try local delicacies such […

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The source – Tulor

We will arrive at one of Chile’s oldest archeological sites, a pre-Columbian village re-discovered by Father Le Paige in 1956. The village is covered in sand, but one can still make out the structures which were used by the farmers and shepherds. Two replicas have been built to allow us to imagine how Tulor’s ancient […

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