EXCURSION TO THE VILLAGE OF CODPA IN THE ATACAMA DESERT

  • Port

    Arica

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Cultural, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR125.0

  • Duration in hours

    6.5

  • Shore excursion code

    02XE

Description An excursion to the heart of the Atacama desert, one of the most arid and fascinating places in the world. We will discover the landscape, the atmosphere and the inhabitants there with a visit to the village of Codpa, with its shaman, wine and tribal dances, and step back in time with their ancient rituals.

What we will see
  • Atacama desert
  • Pampa de Chaca and the giant 'Tutelar Figures'
  • Village of Codpa
  • Shaman ceremony with future predictions, tribal dances and music
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Free time for shopping


What we will do
  • We will leave the port by coach and head to the Atacama desert where we will stop several times for photos along the way. The desert is approximately 1,600 km long and covers a surface area of around 105,000 square kilometres in the coastal area in the north-west of Chile. It is one of the most arid places in the world with temperatures ranging from 5°C at night to 40°C in the day.
  • One of our stops will be the area known as Pampa de Chaca, where one of the best Chilean sculptors, Díaz Juan Fleming, created some impressive giant sculptures called the Tutelar Figures, which consist of two groups: 'The Ancestors' and 'The origin of the race', the shape of which is an abstraction of the human body. These sculptures pay tribute to the Andean people that crossed the mountains and the desert. According to Andean tradition, these people have divine roots and descended from the sun and the moon.
  • We will also stop at a viewing point to admire the desert with the Andes as a backdrop.
  • Then we will head to the village of Codpa, located around 1,800 metres above sea level and 114 km south of Arica. During the pre-Hispanic period, the village was the residence of the Arica Altos who governed the tribes from Socoroma, Putre, Livilcar and Tignamar. Codpa lies at the source of the Vitor river, which ensures that the water supply is extremely pure. The specific climactic conditions and the abundance of water make this valley the ideal place for the cultivation of grapes, oranges and fruit trees. The area is also famous for the production of Pintatani wine, made using an ancient traditional method from over 400 years ago.
  • When we arrive at the village, we will be served a *welcome drink * of Pintatani and our guide will invite us on a walk to discover the local architecture and church.
  • Then we will watch a ceremony led by a shaman, who will tell our fortune by reading coca leaves, while other inhabitants of the village perform tribal dances to music.
  • Before we return to the port, we will go to a local restaurant for lunch and then have some free time to buy some souvenirs in the village shops.

What you need to know
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with heart or respiratory problems.
  • The excursion includes a walk that lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and covers uneven ground.