Church of San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama

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One of the oldest buildings in Chile, whitewashed colonial-style Church of San Pedro de Atacama is an outstanding example of indigenous building techniques. The masons used rock and adobe (dried mud) for the walls, two types of local wood for the roof, and slats made of giant elephant cactus for the ceiling. Notice how the door and the portal are bound together with llama leather. The interior features a brightly colored altar, standing in contrast to the simple and elegant white exterior. The garden planted with algarrobo and pepper trees surrounds the church, declared a historical monument in 1951. To visit Church of San Pedro de Atacama and other attractions in San Pedro de Atacama, use our San Pedro de Atacama vacation builder.
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Where to stay in San Pedro de Atacama

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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  • Felt so peaceful visiting this old church with so much history. The building itself is not big but the presence and celestial feeling inside the church is surreal. I was born in a Hindu home but raise...  more »
  • This church has been through so much! It's open most of the day and inside there is lots of information about its history. I also did a free walking tour with Tours 4 Tips and they explained more abou...  more »
  • This is a lovely example of a church that stands just as it must have done all those years ago before the town was swallowed by tourists. No one bothers you if you just want to stop by, look around or...  more »
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  • Beautifil old tradicional curch. Is the "only one" You can skip it. Is right in the city center with is like 400 squares meters
  • Interesting altarpiece and ceiling, with information about the church's phases from 1557 on. A quiet spot in the tiny but busy downtown of SPA.
  • Beautiful church, full of history and interesting facts.
  • This church is the main meeting place between tourists to get in the region, is next to a square with plenty of shade.
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  • Quiet town with views of the volcanoes. The square has wi-fi, banks and restaurants, in addition to the craft fair.
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