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Institute of Archaeological Research and R. P. G. Le Page Museum (Instituto de Investigacio
Institute of Archaeological Research and R. P. G. Le Page Museum (Instituto de Investigacio

Institute of Archaeological Research and R. P. G. Le Page Museum (Instituto de Investigacio

Founded by Jesuit missionary Father Gustavo Le Paige, the R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum houses one of the region’s principal collections of pre-Colombian artifacts. With around 1,000 items on display, it provides insight into the history and cultural heritage of the Atacama Desert.

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Padre Le Paige 380, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

The basics

It won’t take you long to explore the small museum, but its permanent collection houses some interesting finds. Admire ancient pottery; see knives, spears, and arrowheads used by the indigenous peoples; and pore over old textiles, handicrafts, and wood carvings. Organized in chronological order, trace the region’s history from the pre-Colombian era up to the Spanish colonization. A video presentation provides further insight into the collection.

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Things to know before you go

  • There is an admission fee.
  • Museum information is in Spanish and English, and an English language guidebook is available.
  • The museum is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
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How to get there

The museum is temporarily located on Tebenquiche, on the northern outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama town. It’s a 5-minute walk from the central Plaza de Armas. The original museum building is located just northwest of Plaza de Armas.

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When to get there

The museum is open daily except for Mondays and closes each day between midday and 2:30pm.

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Exploring the Desert from San Pedro de Atacama

Travelers come to San Pedro de Atacama to discover the Atacama Desert and there is a large choice of tours available. Day trip options include the Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna); the Rainbow Valley; and the Atacama Salt Flats, which encompass the Chaxa Lagoon and Los Flamenco National Park. Walking and cycling tours are a popular way to explore, and active types can also hike to the peak of Cerro Toco. Alternatively, head to the nearby Cejar Lagoon to float in the salt-rich waters.

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