Mon, 04 Feb 13 00:00:00 +0000
The Camélidos are native animals of the Andes, offspring of the camels. They were the only animals available for transportation in the pre-Hispanic Andean cultures. There are 4 zoological species, two of which are domestic and the others are wild. Each of the species can cross, but the second generation will return to the dominant species.Its meat is of a special taste and of low cholesterol; normally it is prepared with herbs of the region.
The biggest of the four is the Lama, domestic animal that was used as pack animal. Its wool is the thickest and each of the animals gives 4kg every shearing (every two years). The Lama is to find in the pre-cordilleran regions and the highland of the Atacama usually close to accumulations of water or wetlands.
AlpacaA little bit smaller than the Lama, the Alpaca has a thicker layer of wool that almost covers the eyes. Its wool is of different colors and every shearing one animal gives 5 kg of wool, which is of fine and silky texture. That is why it is the most used wool for high quality fabric.The Alpaca lives in the Andean and Aymara sectors, especially in the north of San Pedro de Atacama and in the Bolivian[...]
Thu, 31 Jan 13 00:00:00 +0000
The Biosphere Reserve and National Park Lauca is part of the worldwide net of biospheres and offers many possibilities to realize excursions and to appreciate incredible landscapes in all its beauty. The park was declared National Monument in 1983 by the UNESCO. It contains an area of 137.883 hectare which presents a valuable environment. The Reserve includes the National Park Lauca, the National Reserve of the Vicuñas and the National Monument Salt Lake Surire. It is the only Biosphere Reserve in the Great North and one of seven in the whole country. The richness of the flora is represented by different types of vegetation like the wetlands and the fauna impresses with lamas, alpacas and different kinds of birds (ducks, giant taguas and flamingos), what offers a great variety to the visitor. Enjoy the beauty of this Andean paradise and realize hikes, climbing, trekking, adventure-tourism, eco-tourism, photo tours and a lot more.Furthermore the region is full of cultural attractions related to the Aymara culture, such as the ancient architecture in the villages, the habits and the traditional celebrations.The villages captivate with its churches and religious habits that[...]
Mon, 17 Dec 12 00:00:00 +0000
The Region of Arica and Parinacota was once territory of the Inca, settled by Aymaras, Chinchorros, Changos and Quechuas.In the pre-columbic epoch the messengers of the Inca, called Chasquis, travelled very fast between the Tambos (constructions that were used as accommodation, resting place, storage for wool and food and a place to wait for new messages), that were located between the National Park Lauca and Arica. The Chasquis travelled frequently to the KapajÑam (today known as the Way of the Inca “El Camino del Inca”), and on their way they stopped at the Tambos on the way to rest before they continued their journey to deliver their messages.Because the Incas didn’t use a modern system to measure distances, they created markers out of stones on the way, so called Apachetas, that indicated the most important places on the route. In the course of time the cultural hybridization in the region began and they added garlands and cruces to the Apachetas that show the Spanish influence.
Discover the heritages and the architecture in the region.On the way that connects Arica with the National Park Lauca you will find a high number of monuments of the Inca, some of[...]