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Antofagasta

Here in Antofagasta there is a mix of stories about mining towns in the middle of the desert. The city awaits you with clear starry skies and beaches that are perfect for the family and sports.

Travel through history, exploring the corners and mysteries of the saltpeter offices. These old villages, whose boom happened at the turn of the last century have become actual “ghost towns”.

Enjoy the clear skies of the Atacama Desert to see the stars at the best astronomical observatories of the country.

Visit the beaches close to town, with white sands and calm waters. If you love surfing or bodyboarding, don’t despair, there are also waves to test out your skills!

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Antofagasta

Prob. de precipitaciones: 2%Humedad: 35% Viento: a 10 km/h.
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Explore the charms Antofagasta

  • La Portada Natural Monument

    This peculiar rocky formation resembles a white arch. Set in an area where strong waves crash into the cliffs, behold the power of nature reflected in these stone walls, which are actually mountain tops of the Coastal Mountain Range.

    Walk along the coastline towards Tocopilla to reach the natural monument that is over 40 meters high. On the way, bring out your artistic side taking pictures of this beautiful natural sculpture from the different vantage points that surround it.

  • Saltpeter Offices

    Learn about the history of nitrate, its relevance in northern Chile and the nearly 200 towns next to the deposits that operated during the late XIX century. Small towns that gave life to the inhospitable Atacama Desert that today can be visited via specialized tours.
    Visit train museums, cemeteries and industrial areas, as well as archaeological sites. Visit the Chacabuco, Pedro de Valdivia and María Elena mines. Cultural centers or historical museums currently give life to these amazing sites that were true protagonists in the history of our country.

  • Chuquicamata

    Chuquicamata can be seen from Calama bringing nostalgia for its inhabitants, who had to move to the city nearby as the mine advanced. Truly amazing in terms of size and structure, don’t forget to visit the biggest open pit copper mine in the world.

    Go on one of the free tours arranged by Codelco, the company that runs the mine, and visit its facilities. You will learn about copper extraction processes and you’ll be able to take pictures next to the enormous trucks that work there.

La Portada Natural Monument

This peculiar rocky formation resembles a white arch. Set in an area where strong waves crash into the cliffs, behold the power of nature reflected in these stone walls, which are actually mountain tops of the Coastal Mountain Range.

Walk along the coastline towards Tocopilla to reach the natural monument that is over 40 meters high. On the way, bring out your artistic side taking pictures of this beautiful natural sculpture from the different vantage points that surround it.

Nature
Saltpeter Offices

Learn about the history of nitrate, its relevance in northern Chile and the nearly 200 towns next to the deposits that operated during the late XIX century. Small towns that gave life to the inhospitable Atacama Desert that today can be visited via specialized tours.
Visit train museums, cemeteries and industrial areas, as well as archaeological sites. Visit the Chacabuco, Pedro de Valdivia and María Elena mines. Cultural centers or historical museums currently give life to these amazing sites that were true protagonists in the history of our country.

Culture
Chuquicamata

Chuquicamata can be seen from Calama bringing nostalgia for its inhabitants, who had to move to the city nearby as the mine advanced. Truly amazing in terms of size and structure, don’t forget to visit the biggest open pit copper mine in the world.

Go on one of the free tours arranged by Codelco, the company that runs the mine, and visit its facilities. You will learn about copper extraction processes and you’ll be able to take pictures next to the enormous trucks that work there.

Culture