Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Semi-arid North > El Molle

Environment and Location

The El Molle people lived in the Copiapó, Huasco, Elqui and Limarí river valleys, and in the countless tributary ravines that open onto these valleys. These rivers channel a large volume of water, with flooding in winter from the rains and in summer from meltwater. The climate in the north is marginal desert with scant precipitation, which increases to the south to form a steppe climate.