If you travel to San Pedro de Atacama, Toconao is one of the desert towns because of its geographical location and its traditional importance in Atacama culture.
In the middle of the Atacama Desert is an oasis that was once considered a place full of rocks. In fact, Toconado means "place of stones" and it was in this place where this traditional village was raised.
It is estimated that its antiquity dates back more than 12 thousand years whose ancestral traditions can be seen until today. Toconao has been the victim of fires and earthquakes, but its inhabitants have struggled to keep it up and have worked hard on their reconstructions.
If you are going to visit it, we recommend walking through its streets and above all buying handicrafts that are sold at very low cost. The volcanic stone and wool and alpaca fabric work very well. In the main square is the church and bell tower San Lucan that have an antiquity dating from the eighteenth century and were declared a National Monument.
In the surroundings of Toconao you work the land that is characterized by its high content of ascorbic acid, rich in vitamin C. Do not stop buying natural juices that sell in different places of Toconao.
If you want to visit it, we recommend taking the tour that goes to the high plateau lagoons (Miscanti and miñiques) and the Salar de Atacama as it makes a stop in Toconao. We do not recommend dedicating a full morning to the town, since it is very small.
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