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Machuca - Merry Christmas

I leave momentarily the northeast corner of Chile to post a picture of another region.
Machuca is located in the area of San Pedro de Atacama in the region Antofagasta.
But I think that a picture of this very simple church in an even simpler village in the arid Atacama is more adequate within the real spirit of Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

In any case, I know that at least one TE-member is very fond of this little church: Ana Dores.

For those who like to see a little more of this tiny village, there are two more pictures in the workshop.

According to the guide of the tour I made, Machuca was once completely abandoned. Everyone had left for the city or for other places to find a better life.
With the growing tourism in San Pedro and the fact that most of the excursions from this tourist center to the geysers of El Tatio stop for a short time in Machuca, some people have decided to go back. They still lead a hard life in Machuca but apparently the souvenir trade with tourists is less bad than life in the city.

PS: Machuca is also a Chilean film from 2004, a social tragedy about the friendship of two boys of different social origin. The story takes place in Santiago, during the last days of the government of Salvador Allende. Watch this movie when you can. The film has nothing to do with the village of Machuca. But it is a touching story that says a lot more about the Chilean society.

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