San Pedro de Atacama is considered the archaeological capital of Chile. Situated in Earth’s driest desert, San Pedro de Atacama is home to archaeological sites dating back to the origins of mankind in the region. On this tour, explore archaeological sites and national monuments from original settlements, to early civilizations, to the full power of the Inca Empire!
San Pedro de Atacama is considered the archaeological capital of Chile. Situated in Earth’s driest desert, San Pedro de Atacama is home to archaeological sites dating back to the origins of mankind in the region.
On this tour, you’ll experience three separate archaeological sites and national monuments that demonstrate the development civilization in the region — from early settlements, to the full power of the Inca Empire.
Duration: 4 hours
Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up and drop-off in San Pedro de Atacama
You’ll begin your tour at Tulor village. This ancient settlement dates back to the Mesolitic era, when hunter-gatherers first began to transition to a sedentary lifestyle. Here, in this dry desert landscape, approximately 2000 years ago, humans began shepherding animals and practicing agriculture.
Your guide will show you the surviving circular mud walls and teach you the fascinating history of this early settlement.
From Tulor, you’ll visit nearby sites at Quitor and Catarpe. These sites demonstrate the massive technological and cultural changes that occurred after domestication of land and animals.
First, you’ll stop at the Pukara de Quitor. This 12th century pre-Inca fortress sits on a hill and provides lookout and protection from surrounding intruders. The self-defense systems and architecture of the structure demonstrate external cultural influences and that this pre-Inca society was deeply aware and engaged with surrounding communities.
You’ll end your tour with a visit to Tambo de Katarpe. Here, you’ll get a glimpse at the sophistication, power, and expanse of the Inca Empire. A “tambo” is an Inca administrative, military, and supply center. Built along highways and across continents, the Inca used these centers to store provisions across the entirety of the empire.
*The sun in the Atacama Desert is extremely powerful. Please hydrate and dress accordingly.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.