El Norte Grande Sights

Gigante de Atacama

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/23/2015

Fodor's Review

The world's largest geoglyph, the Gigante de Atacama, measures an incredible 86 meters (282 feet). The Atacama Giant, thought to represent a chief of an indigenous people or perhaps created in honor of Pachamama (Mother Earth), looks a bit like a space alien. It is adorned with a walking staff, a cat mask, and a feathered headdress that resembles rays of light bursting from his head. The exact age of the figure is not known, but it certainly hails from before the arrival of the Spanish, perhaps around AD 900. The geoglyph, which is on a hill, is best viewed just before dusk, when the long shadows make the outline clearer.

Sight Information


Cerro Unita, 14 km (8 miles) west of turnoff to Chusmiza, Chile


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Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 07/23/2015


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