Friday, April 9, 2010

Chile - San Pedro De Atacama


From: Hernán (Santiago, Chile) - Just because :)  
Where:  San Pedro De Atacama  is a Chilean town and commune in El Loa Province, Antofagasta Region. It is located east of Antofagasta, some 106 km (60 mi) southeast of Calama and the Chuquicamata copper mine, overlooking the Licancabur volcano. It features a significant archeological museum, the R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, with a large collection of relics and artifacts from the region. Native ruins nearby now attract increasing numbers of tourists interested in learning about pre-Columbian cultures. Tourists also visit for other popular activities including sandboarding and stargazing, with the views of the stars from the Atacama unrivalled across the continent.

Subject:  The back of the card lists these 4 photos. 
1- Zorro (South American Gray Fox ) also known as the Patagonian Fox, the Chilla, or the Grey Zorro, is a species of zorro, the "false" foxes. The South American Gray Fox is a small South American canid, weighing 2.5–4 kg (5–9 pounds), and measuring 43–70 cm (17–27 inches) in length.
2 - Valcanes Miscanti y Lejia: A mountain called Miscanti and Lejia.... I will look more into it. There is a salt lake called Laguna Lejía in the area.
3 - Cercanias: I could not find anything on this one. 
4 - Vicuña: is one of two wild South American camelids, along with the guanaco, which live in the high alpine areas of the Andes. It is a relative of the llama, and is now believed to be the wild ancestor of domesticated alpacas, which are raised for their fibre. Vicuñas produce small amounts of extremely fine wool, which is very expensive because the animal can only be shorn every 3 years. When knitted together, the product of the vicuña's fur is very soft and warm. It is understood that the Inca raised vicuñas for their wool, and that it was against the law for any but royalty to wear vicuña garments. To read more about them click on the link. Vicuña

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