Amazing cultural trip through part of the history's art of ancient cultures in the north of Chile.
Rupestrian Art is the term given to graphical and sculptural works that pre-industrial man has left on hillsides, scattered rocks, and the walls of cave and grottos. Their origins may go back as far as 30,000 years, to the beginning of the upper Paleolithic era.
Even the earliest of the anonymous prehistoric artists who created such works were Homo-Sapiens, which means that an uninterrupted genetic line connects us to these remote physical and intellectual ancestors of ours. That is probably why we find this art form so moving and so intellectually and emotionally attractive. Much more than archeological and ethnographic remains, Rupestrian art is an expression of the way of thinking and feeling of those human beings separated from us in time and space, and of the way they transformed the unknown into the known, thereby creating their culture.
We will travel through part of this history in various places in the north of Chile, where the driest desert on the planet has helped preserve these artistic expressions for us to appreciate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 1 ARICA
In the morning, reception at the Arica airport, transfer to hotel, and meeting over lunch. In the afternoon, visit to the San Miguel de Azapa museum, where we will begin our journey through the "rupestrian art" of northern Chile. Visit to various geoglyphs. Dinner and overnight. (L, D)
Day 2 ARICA-CAMIÑA CANYON
Breakfast and departure for Ariquilda. On the way, visit to the geoglyphs of Chiza and Tiliviche, whose style is unique to northern Chile. Afternoon visit to the anthropomorphic and zoomorphic petroglyphs in the Camiña Canyon. Set up camp, and dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3 CAMIÑA CANYON-TAMARUGAL PLAIN
Breakfast. Continue visit to the petroglyphs. Afternoon departure to the Tamarugal Plain, where we will see the Pintado geoglyphs at sunset. Set up camp, and dinner.
(B, L, D)
Day 4 TAMARUGAL PLAIN-TAMENTICA CANYON
Breakfast. Early morning on the Tamarugal Plain, and continue visit to the Pintado geoglyphs, which are nearly 5 km long. Afternoon departure for Guatacondo. Set up camp in the Tamentica Canyon., and dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 5 TAMENTICA CANYON
Breakfast. The Tamentica Canyon is considered to be a great sanctuary of Rupestrian art dedicated to the cult of the majestic Andean condor. Here we see petroglyphs of the most varied forms, from the natural to the abstract. We will spend the entire day in this beautiful place deep in the driest desert on earth. Camp and dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 6 TAMENTICA CANYON-SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Breakfast. Departure for San Pedro de Atacama. On the way we will see some geoglyphs scattered through the desert. Before arriving in San Pedro, we will view the petroglyphs in the Tambores Canyon. Evening visit to the Valley of the Moon. Supper and overnight in hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 7 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Breakfast. Visit to the town and the archeological museum of San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon departure for the Chischul or Salado River petroglyphs, incredible panels of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures along the banks of the river, which was an ancient caravan route. Evening return to San Pedro, supper, and overnight in hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 8 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - CALAMA
Breakfast and transfer to airport.
 
2006-2007 COST PER PERSON
4-5 persons
US$ 2.105
6-7 persons
US$ 1.745
8-9 persons
US$ 1.585
 

INCLUDED :

  • All transportation during the whole itinerary
  • All accommodations quoted per person based on sharing a double room or tent
  • Breakfast/box lunch/dinner
  • English-speaking driver-guide
  • Full camping gear (except sleeping bag)
  • Entry fees for museums
  • Oxygen.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Insurance or Medical expenses
  • Meals not specified
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Extras
  • Air local flights.
Easy. Hiking are optional. Members are expected to be in good physical condition.

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