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Alto El Loa

Soak up the Atacameño culture in Chiu Chiu and visit its church, one of the first to be built in Chile. Visit the Paniri Caur observatory, which mixes modern observation with the Andean cosmovision.
Visit the typical area of Ayquina, where the Virgin of Guadalupe festivities are held every year. And in Caspana, let yourself be surprised by the green terraces that contrast with the houses of pink stone, mud, and thatched roofs. Be sure to visit the XVII century church and the Ethnographic Museum.
In Lasana the flower fields mingle with the desert’s rocks and the regional cuisine blends with handicrafts. You can taste llamo, patasca, and rabbit, as well as some traditional sweets. Carrot tea and jam are some its typical products worth tasting.

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Alto El Loa
Muy nuboso

Prob. de precipitaciones: 2%Humedad: 35% Viento: a 10 km/h.
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Explore the charms Alto El Loa

  • Chiu Chiu

    A must-see for tourists following the “Inca trail”; this is an oasis of shade in the middle of the desert. Inhabited by communities from Atacama, its easy-going pace is only interrupted by religious festivities which, depending on the patron saint, include confetti, flour or algarrobo drinks (fermented drink made from the pods and seeds of the algarrobo tree).

    Try the typical food of the north and don’t forget to visit the San Francisco Church, built in the 1600s. It is the oldest church in Chile and was built using millennial indigenous techniques. Go in and marvel: it is made out of mud and cactus wood.

  • Ollagüe

    Right by the border, the backdrop of this village is the mountains that tower over 5,000 meters: the Ollagüe and Aucalquincha Volcanoes. Further south, the Carcote and Ascotan salt flats will test your senses with temperatures ranging between -23°C and 25°C.

    Do you like carnivals? This destination on the high Andean plateau awaits you with celebrations that mix religious and pagan rituals. Enjoy their colorful dances and catchy instrumental music in the Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Andacollo festival in December and the San Antonio Festival in June.

Chiu Chiu

A must-see for tourists following the “Inca trail”; this is an oasis of shade in the middle of the desert. Inhabited by communities from Atacama, its easy-going pace is only interrupted by religious festivities which, depending on the patron saint, include confetti, flour or algarrobo drinks (fermented drink made from the pods and seeds of the algarrobo tree).

Try the typical food of the north and don’t forget to visit the San Francisco Church, built in the 1600s. It is the oldest church in Chile and was built using millennial indigenous techniques. Go in and marvel: it is made out of mud and cactus wood.

Culture
Ollagüe

Right by the border, the backdrop of this village is the mountains that tower over 5,000 meters: the Ollagüe and Aucalquincha Volcanoes. Further south, the Carcote and Ascotan salt flats will test your senses with temperatures ranging between -23°C and 25°C.

Do you like carnivals? This destination on the high Andean plateau awaits you with celebrations that mix religious and pagan rituals. Enjoy their colorful dances and catchy instrumental music in the Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Andacollo festival in December and the San Antonio Festival in June.

Culture