Off the Beaten Track: Codpa Village
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 6½ Hours
Departing from the pier you will travel south to Codpa Village.
On the route through the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, you will stop to see the Presencias Tutelares sculptures -- giant works by Chilean sculptor, Juan Díaz Fleming.
Take photos at a viewpoint that overlooks the desert with the Andes Range in the background.
Codpa was the pre-Hispanic residence of the chief of Altos de Arica who governed the tribes of Socoroma, Putre, Livilcar and Tignamar, among other communities. It is located on the headwaters of the River Vitor, which ensures a supply of extremely pure water. The land here is very fertile, producing different kind of fruits and the grapes from which the traditional Pintatani wine is produced. In Codpa, you will enjoy a welcome drink -- a sample of typical Pintatani wine.
Stroll through town to discover the local architecture and visit the church. The shaman (medicine man) will be on hand to 'read the future' with a coca leaf, as musicians perform local music and dances.
Return to the pier in Arica.
The elevation of Codpa Village is 6,000 feet above sea level. Not advisable for guests with heart or respiratory conditions.