Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Cultures > Arid North > Pica

Environment and Location

This culture, also known as the Pica–Tarapacá, occupied the desert in northern Chile between the Camiña valley and the mouth of the Loa River. This region is famous for the Pampa del Tamarugal, a region of native tamarugo forest that offers shade to travelers, wood for building and craftwork, and fruit and nuts for human and animal consumption.