Archaeological Tour: From the Ancestors

Archaeological Tour: From the Ancestors

On a chronological journey we visit the most important archaeological sites from the north of San Pedro down to Peine, the most southern oasis of the Salt Flat. We get to know the history of the indigenous people called Atacameños from their first settlements, the beginnings of agriculture, the influence of the Incas until the arrival of the Spaniards. Our guides will complement the narratives and facilitate a local interpretation and evaluation of the events.

8:15-8:45 Pick-up from your hotel
Please be ready at the stated time.
(Departure and return time depend of the time of the year and will be confirmed in the moment of the reservation.)

Tulor Village
We start our journey “from the ancestors” at the oldest archaeological site of the Salt Flat basin: The first atacameñan settlement founded around 900 B.C.

Pukará de Quitor
This old fortress is the perfect place to learn about the happenings related to the arrival of the Spaniards. Its strategic position on the accessible side of a cliff in the canyon of the San Pedro River also brings about an impressive view over the San Pedro oasis, the valley of the homonymous river and the Andean mountain range.

Toconao garden & lunch
Before having lunch in one of the typical restaurants of Toconao we stroll through the beautiful gardens of this quiet village. In a conversation about ancestral agriculture and a tasting of typical products we get to know the essence of Toconao.

Old Peine
In the most southern oasis of the Salt Flat, a local guide accompanies us to Peine´s archaeological sites: petroglyphs and prehispanic ruins.

17:15-17:45 Hotel
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Altitude: 2400 msnm.
  • Difficulty: Low (altitude)
  • Age: 3+
Travelling through the harsh Atacama Desert you really encounter with the powerful climate and fast temperature changes that is a everyday fact in this land.

The dryness, the solar radiation, the strong winds, the abrupt changes of temperature between day and night, are some of the fundamental characteristics that your Atacama adventure will show you. Around San Pedro the altitude measures between 2,000 – 3,500 m.a.s.l, and the climate is characterized by having an average annual temperature between 12 and 13 ° C.

As the temperature swings it can reach up to 35 ° C in summer (December to March) and the minimum degrees below zero in winter (June to September).

What to bring?
  • Comfortable clothing, walking shoes
  • Sunblock, hat, sunglasses, lip balm
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Semi-private service:
High quality standard services with a maximum of 10 passengers per group, most of them from hotels that work with us. Our bilingual guides (spanish – english) assure a personalized service.

The days and hours of the excursions may vary depending on the season, climatic conditions and the groups that we form. The final itinerary will be confirmed upon arrival in San Pedro, but even during your stay it can vary depending on the mentioned conditions, we will be informing immediately about any change.

  • Admission tickets
  • Water and Snack
  • Lunch
  • Tasting of local products
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • DEPARTURE TIME: 08:15 - 08:45 hrs.
  • RETURN TIME: 17:15 - 17:45 hrs.
Departure and return time depend of the time of the year and will be confirmed in the moment of the reservation.
  • $112.000, 2 persons minimum.