This is the second edition of our series of bedtime stories from Awasi Atacama, our Relais & Chateaux hotel in Northern Chile. Today, we are going to tell a tale about a cunning fox.

The Schemes of the Fox

The majestic Condor reigns over the high peaks of Atacama. This animal is the most revered of the Andes as it has direct contact with the gods in order to convey the divine message. Down on Earth dwell less noble beings that must combat the rigours of the climate and food shortages.

One of these is the fox, known for its antics. It is always lurking around the cattle; men’s sticks and shotguns and the howling of dogs do not scare it away. It does not surrender to birds either, eating the eggs from their nests.

The Tagua Cornuda (Horned Coot), an endangered bird, takes refuge in the frozen waters of the Altiplano Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons. But this does not stop the fox, who can be seen roaming around, trying to deceive the Taguas with its friendship or drinking from the lagoon, in an effort to empty it, but the water is so cold that the fox lays exhausted on the shore.

In case you missed our first round of bedtime stories, see here to read about The Treasure of Mount Quimal. Please note that these are traditional oral tales so there are many varying versions.

We usually place hard copies in the suites at Awasi Atacama, if you would like to download and print a copy of the Awasi Bedtime Stories to read away from a screen, then don’t hesitate to email us and we will happily send them over. Hopefully one day in the near future you will enjoy reading the beautiful hard copies in our suites at Awasi Atacama.