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El Norte Grande Sights

Updated 12/31/1969

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This archaeological site, 9 km (5½ mi) southwest of San Pedro, marks the remains of the oldest known civilization in the region. Built around 800 BC, the village of Tulor was home to the Linka Arti people, who lived in small mud huts resembling igloos. The site was uncovered only in the middle of the 20th century, when Jesuit missionary Gustavo Le Paige excavated it from a sand dune. Archaeologists hypothesize that the inhabitants left because of climatic changes and

a possible sand storm. Little more about the village's history is known, and only one of the huts has been completely excavated. As one of the well-informed guides will tell you, even this hut is sinking back into the obscurity of the Atacama sand.

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Sight Information

Address:

9 km (5½ mi) southwest of San Pedro, then 3 km (2 mi) down the road leading to Valle de la Luna, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Phone:

/No phone

Sight Details:

  • 1,500 pesos
  • Daily 8–8

Updated 12/31/1969

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