About your guide

Our partner in the Salar de Atacama basin is a group of men and women of the Lican Antay (Atacameña) culture that have decided to integrate their activities around a "community tourism product”. Their Association was formally constituted on May 5 2009 in the form of an Indigenous Association, in accordance with Chilean Law.

For many years, Atacamenian Indigenous communities have experienced the presence of a pretty dynamic tourism industry in their territory. Tourism businesses have operated in the localities and many tourists have enjoyed the local hospitality, but the local people have not been fully involved in these activities. This has not allowed for the development of sustainable tourism in the area or allowed community members to be key deliverers in Tourism activity.

So they decided to participate directly in tourism activities, as an opportunity to develop traditional activities, keeping the culture alive while improving their standard of living. Their mission is to trade a genuine cultural product, while earning a return that allows income distribution among the community participants, which will contribute effectively in raising standards of living. This is alongside ensuring visitors enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Today their Association is made up of 27 partners and community members that operate in the region of Antofagasta in northern Chile, specifically in the Salar de Atacama basin, mainly in the Ayllus* Coyo, Solor and Sequitor, that surround the town of San Pedro de Atacama and the locality of Socaire.

*Ayllu refers to a model of Andean social organization, within a common territory and whose main characteristics are to share common lineages and community activities, based on agriculture and grazing.

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