Monjes de La Pacana

Also known as the Tara Sentinels or the Tara Moais because they look like the Rapa Nui sculptures, the Monjes de la Pacana (Pacana Monks) are great vertical formations found at the Aguas Calientes Salt Flat, shaped during million of years by the action of the wind.

To get to the area, part of the Flamencos National Reservoir, you have to go through the Jama crossing by the ch-27 route towards Bolivia. Enjoy the journey to the Monjes de la Pacana, while the Licancabur volcano says farewell when reaching 4500 meters above sea level, where the reddish mountains and the Quepiaco wetland are part of the fascinating landscape.

On the journey you’ll find vicuñas and flamingos walking free on a landscape where these guardians rise whimsically on an adventure you can connect with the desert’s purest state.

Finish your journey on the Tara Salt Flat, natural scenery located higher than the Tatio Geysers. You can also visit the Tara Cathedral, a formidable rock formation mass in the middle of the desert.

The road doesn’t has signs and you must follow the tire marks, which delivers an adventure and mystery sense that goes together with the magic of the Atacama Desert and the Monjes de la Pacama taking care of it.

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North and the Atacama Desert

  • 1Arica
    • Distance: 2.076km
    • Time: 2:40 hrs
  • 2Iquique
    • Distance: 1.803 km
    • Time: 2:25 hrs
  • 3Calama
    • Distance: 1.574 km
    • Time: 2:10 hrs
  • 4Antofagasta
    • Distance: 1.378 km
    • Time: 2:00 hrs
  • 5Copiapó
    • Distance: 813 km
    • Time: 1:30 hrs
  • 6La Serena y Coquimbo
    • Distancia: 471 km
    • Tiempo: 1:05

* Reference from airports in Santiago (SCL)

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5
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1
Arica
Distance:2.076km
Time:2:40 hrs
2
Iquique
Distance:1.803 km
Time:2:25 hrs
3
Calama
Distance:1.574 km
Time:2:10 hrs
5
Copiapó
Distance:813 km
Time:1:30 hrs
7
Antofagasta
Distance:1.378 km
Time:2:00 hrs
1
Arica
Distance:2.076km
Time:2:40 hrs
2
Iquique
Distance:1.803 km
Time:2:25 hrs
3
Calama
Distance:1.574 km
Time:2:10 hrs
Alto Loa
Distance:200km
Time:3:50
5
Copiapó
Distance:813 km
Time:1:30 hrs
San Pedro de Atacama
Distance:100km
Time:1:15
7
Antofagasta
Distance:1.378 km
Time:2:00 hrs
Bahía Inglesa
Distance:80km
Time:1:00
Valle del Huasco
Distance:190km
Time:2:10
Codpa
Distance:115km
Time:1:50 hrs
Parinacota
Distance:180km
Time:2:00 hrs
Salar de Surire
Distance:200km
Time:5:50 hrs
San Miguel de Azapa
Distance:20km
Time:0:25 hrs
Ruta de las misiones (Socoroma)
Distance:120km
Time:1:20 hrs
Pica
Distance:120km
Time:1:40 hrs
Pisagua
Distance:165km
Time:2:20 hrs
Chiu Chiu
Distance:130km
Time:1:30 hrs
Geiser del Tatio
Distance:100km
Time:3:00 hrs
Salar de Atacama
Distance:110km
Time:1:40 hrs
Toconao
Distance:40km
Time:0:30 hrs
Lagunas altiplánicas
Distance:135km
Time:2:00 hrs
Valle de la Luna y de la Muerte
Distance:10km
Time:0:20 hrs
Ollagüe
Distance:47,88
Time:9,85
Ruta Salitrera (María Elena )
Distance:205km
Time:2:10 hrs
Chuquicamata
Distance:235km
Time:2:40 hrs
Volcán Ojos del Salado
Distance:195km
Time:4:20 hrs
Playa de la Virgen
Distance:50km
Time:1:00 hrs
Caldera
Distance:5km
Time:0:10 hrs
Alto del Carmen
Distance:40km
Time:1:00 hrs
San Félix
Distance:75km
Time:1:30 hrs