The Town of Toconce


The pre-Hispanic town of Toconce has about 100 inhabitants who live mainly in beautiful rock houses with hay roofs.  They also farm the land in terraces, a specialized and time-tested technique that is uniquely suitable for the environment in this area.  The Toconce River, which crosses through the town, supplies fresh water to the cities of Calama and Antofagasta.  Several archaeological sites are located in and around the town.  Also, seven weeks before Easter, the local Atacameñan people host their widely attended annual carnival, which is not only a unique religious display, but also seeks to insure good rain and harvests for the coming year.

Photo: courtesy of Sernatur.

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