Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige, San Pedro de Atacama

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Named for the priest who dedicated himself to preserving the area's artifacts, Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige features a varied collection of exhibits encompassing the desert's human history. Visit the museum and explore its array of items, more than 370,000 in all, that catalogue the region's development from pre-Columbian times through the modern era. Thanks to the Atacama Desert's ultra-dry climate, you'll find many artifacts in very well-preserved condition. Travel through time as you follow English-language displays dealing with important regional events like the rise of the Inca Empire, the Spanish conquest, and more. Join in on a guided tour, offered in English, in order to get a more in-depth understanding of the museum's holdings and purpose. A visit to Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige represents just the start of the adventure when you use our San Pedro de Atacama vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • The museum has plenty of archeological objects that are hard to find somewhere else and the way these objects are showcased is both amicable, as well as highly engaging to the spectator. It has stoppe...  more »
  • I was curious to know this Museum, but closing in on him, I ran into the door. It is closed for renovations for years and the information is not well disseminated.
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  • Totally disappointing arrive there and find is of this... The Museum is located closed from the 2014... it worse, is that not there is notice any, only a poster that says that was in restoration and that the 2015 would be ready.
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  • A nice museum showing various archaeological artifacts. It takes about an hour to walk around.
  • decent enough... if pressed for time focus on outdoor activities though
  • Very good. Anthropology surrounding atacama people.
  • thoughtfully put together museum, sadly without the famous mummies, but they give you a long video with their reasons.
  • Small but great museum.

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As the stepping-stone to the nearby national reserve, San Pedro de Atacama offers an impressive range of hotels and guesthouses. Despite the big selection, prices remain relatively high throughout the year due to the town's status as northern Chile's tourist hub. At the peak of the summer season (late December to late March), some budget-friendly hostels even require single travelers to share a room with another guest. If you wish to avoid that, look into one of the hotels, many of which cluster around the town's central area and line the main street.
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