Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs, San Pedro de Atacama

At Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs, drawings carved into the red rock face are evidence of a civilization from long ago. The petroglyphs served as a place for travellers to document their experiences and contribute to history and culture. The drawings are attributed to the Atacama people that date back as early as 500 CE. The images depict everything from gatherings of people to livestock, camelids, llamas, and foxes. Native and local guides provide valuable insight into the history of their people as told through the rock art. The site is relatively remote, but tour companies offer trips to and from the prehistoric site. Before you head to San Pedro de Atacama, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder app , to make sure you see all that San Pedro de Atacama has to offer, including Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs.
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  • On the way to Arco Iris a site not to miss. Nice trails with a lot of petroglyphs... Some lamas in cattle perhaps to have a real hike all around the petroglyphs to have a real loop is to think  more »
  • qlq petrooglype, designs and relief on rock, a small village of rocks with the partial structure of the village remaining, end of beautiful day you can color on the rock is y stop no more... but not go for that only
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  • There is one reason this attraction is among the best known of the Atacama tourism: it is horrible. Have some drawings carved in the rock, but are very unobtrusive and doesn't say a lot about the life of people at the time. You can't get good pictures, the scenery is nothing impressive and was a hot dog. The only good thing was that a group of llamas crossed the Park while we were making the trip. Only go if you are an archaeologist or a paleontologist.
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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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