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Google Map of The Aracama Giant (Chile)

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The north of Chile is the vast desert, the most arid of the world. The "Way of the lnca", which cross it, is regularly used for transhumances. By taking this way in the east of Huara, you will be surprised to discover the Atacama giant, 90km far from Iquique, on the side of the Sierra Unida, a 1245m high hill, isolated in the middle of a flat desert, the "Pampa del Tamarugal".
It is a gigantic human representation of about 90 meters long. Contrary to the giant images of Nazca in Peru, the giant of Atacama is visible from the ground, if you stand up a few hundreds of meters far from the foot of the hill. The history and the function of this geoglyphe are a mystery. For somebody, it would have been used as reference mark on this road borrowed by the caravans. For others, it would act the representation of an indigenous authority, capped of an ornament and a cat-like mask. This drawing was dated from the IV° century, but somebody disagree with this dating.


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