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Toconao is a small, peaceful village with a name that means “place of stones” in the indigenous Kunza (Atacameño) language. The first settlements are thought to date back 12,000 years, and there is evidence of 10,000-year-old human presence in the area, making it an area of historical, archaeological significance. Its name seems to be related to the fact that homes in Toconao are made of a volcanic rock called liparita (pumice). Structures are of stone and mud, with wooden features installed only with natural elements rather than nails. The most well-known construction of the town is not its church as expected, but the separate nearby 1750 bell tower, located across the plaza.

The town features a few restaurants, small-scale agriculture (mostly fruit) and animal husbandry fed with water from the nearby creek. Most people, however, visit looking for locally made handicrafts such as alpaca wool weavings and reproductions of the town's bell tower. The town administers entrance to the Chaxa Lagoon (Laguna Chaxa) and is often visited as the continuation of an early morning trip to Chaxa.

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Should I book Toconao tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Toconao can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all Toconao tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Toconao 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Toconao costs USD 10.00. Guided Toconao tours start around USD 10.00 per person. See all Toconao tickets and tours on Viator.