Travel back in time with us on this San Pedro 2 hour in-depth cultural adventure around the city outskirts. We will peel back the layers of foreign influences and conquistador invasions that came through our Atacameño lands over the last 11,000 years. We start by going back before this was Chile’s land, 150 years ago, before it was Bolivians, Spanish, Incas and Tiwanaku territory. We explain all the culture behind the archeological sites and landscapes you visit on your outdoor excursions. Are you a curious nomad with an unusual amount of enthusiasm for culture? This tour will fill your inner desires. This tour’s grand finale is a visit to an Ayllu (traditional form of community) inside an oasis… A tour where you should expect to learn and discover what it is like to be a Atacamaño local. Charge your camera and slap on some sunscreen friends! A personal tour for northern life’s culture seekers!
To make sure everyone has a good experience on our tours, we aim to keep groups relatively small. In our experience, big groups traveling together have a higher than average no show rate, and can commandeer the tour and make other guests feel unwelcome. To be fair to all of our customers, we ask groups of over 8 to reserve a private tour or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Why take Tours4Tips? This is San Pedro’s 1st and only pay-what-you-like tour according to Tripadvisor! What could be better than to pay what you feel is fair?
Our freelance Wally’s guides are selected on the basis of how much they love San Pedro and have a passion to share it with you. Do you wish for an experience more unique and memorable than the other generic tours? Then jump on board!
Who should avoid our tours? Does your TripAdvisor profile have more 2 and 3 star reviews than 5? Then you see the glass half-empty and we are not your cup of tea. We are a tour company packaged for everyone’s budget, but anxious and pessimistic visitors aren’t welcome: we all left stressful jobs to make less and love more. We take our time to meet, greet and share life stories. We offer private tours if you do not like group tours of 10-15 people.
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AvailabilityEvery SINGLE day!
Start LocationPlaza de Armas
What to BringOnly yourself and comfy clothes, maybe slap on some sunscreen!
Plaza de Armas
3pm: Find your bilingual freelance Wally guide waiting for you in the middle of the Plaza de Armas in San Pedro. In case you don’t know Wally wears a white and red striped T-shirt (in San Pedro, this is easier to find than the fun kids books).
San Pedro Church
3:15 pm: Watch how we connect Hollywood movies with Antonio Banderas to a Bolivian war here born in San Pedro to lithium cellphone batteries. The answer to how and why lies in the importance of the Atacama Desert to the Chilean people, economy, government and 19th century military interests.
3:25 pm: Sacred places, sacred symbols, sacred people? This is not historical stop on church history, learn what the cruz andina, the chakana waka, wiphala and the wenufoye are to the locals in less than 15 minutes.
Culture inside Ceramics
3:40pm: Stop in to meet a local ceramic artist to understand the timeline of pottery evolution in the Atacama Desert. Find out why the mummies buried in the area were placed inside pottery with their heads looking out the top lid.
Adobe as the Past and Future of the Town
3:55 pm: Discover that the ancestral knowledge for the construction of almost all the original settlements in the world focuses on the use of Adobe, and its characteristics make it the material of the future.
4:10 pm: Laser cutting technology, deformed heads, and inhalants? What didn't the Tiawanuku change about local culture? Ayllu existed then and today. Follow us into this ancestral form of community organization.
Código de Aguas
4:30 pm: Pinochet, politics and water rights are probably not why you joined this walking adventure, but without this stop you wouldn't understand the local Licanantay people.
4:50 pm: Has history run it own course? With, to or over the local Lincantay people? They might have lost their Cunza language, their water, many of their traditions, but they still have their dignity and identity intact. Discover how they used the land 11,000 years ago and still do today. Grasp the importance of the Licancabur and a ritual involving our natural mother, Patahoiri.