Pica, of Hispanic origin, is located on the Inca Trail by which the Spanish came to Chile, now it is best known for its plantations of various fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit or mango. As for its tourist attractions, the Church of St. Andrew is stands out, which is the third built in the same place and its springs. Worth seeing are the sunsets from the road leading to Matilla. I also noticed they had free wifi access in the town's main square.
A few miles [poi = 118394] from Pica [/ poi], on the main 5 Highway, just before the turning off into the town, we found an archaeological site showing panels large geoglyphs in the desert (over 350 figures), dated between 500 and 1450, and organized in an area of approximately 3 square kilometers.
The meaning of them is as uncertain as ever, perhaps they were artistic expressions, signs or shrines linked to the cult of the hills and fertility. Of course, there are also theories about their ties to extraterrestrial life.
This small town is located at 1,160 meters above sea level in an oasis, surrounded by an impressive esplanade desert. Data from 1760 shows that this is when the residents of [poi = 118394] Pica [/ poi] first settled in this place. During those years, its main production was the wine. Once the crop disappeared, the village was ruined. Their cultural buildings have been reconstructed to draw in visitors and it is worth visiting the [poi = 225231] old press [/ poi] and [poi = 118393] Church of San Antonio [/ poi]. If you travel a bit further down, you can see some of Chile's most important petroglyphs, the [poi = 222861] Pintados geoglyphs [/ poi].
It is one of the most popular Christian sites and most famous in all Chile, as there every year is celebrated the feast of the Virgin. In many people attending are from abroad and Chile. On that occasion the town of Tirana becomes a carnival with many visitors, the church is built completely of wood, with a museum in the basement.
The Church of San Antonio was rebuilt in 2007 after being destroyed by an earthquake in northern Chile (it was a 7.9 on the Richter scale) in 2005. It's neoclassical, with some baroque features. It's located on the main square in Matilla, a few kilometers from Pica. Its bell tower, located outside the main body, is also stone and medieval style.
The economy in Lagar de Matilla, on the eastern margin of the Pampa aquifers, is based on wine production, and in the center of the village of Matilla, next to the [poi = 118393] Church of San Antonio [/ poi] is where the traces of wine processing in colonial times can still be seen today. I don't have the museums' hour, but a clerk at the store will open the museum for you.
At the entrance of the town of Pica there is a playground with two dinosaur replicas, a stegosaurus and a tyrannosaurus rex. This council has used the replicas to promote Chacarilla, where they discovered fossilized footprints of these animals. In this valley, just 40 miles southeast of Pica, one can find traces of at least seven species of dinosaurs, some with a dimension of 75 inches long.
Undoubtedly the main attraction of this town, as is defined in a desert oasis, which is the world's driest desert so finding a natural hot spring pool is nothing short of wonderful. From there you can take nice expeditions by car or by bus.
La Cocha is a town within the city of IQUIQUE, which is an amazing place located in the most arid desert in the world where the hills of the desert was hosted. The city has a website where you can find hot springs to enjoy because it's an oasis that hides many wonders in its surroundings. There is also a church nearby that dazzles with its wonders and religious art preserved its beauty and its place a beautiful place to soothe the soul.