The main beach of Iquique is very well maintained and well equipped. It's a paradise and makes for a perfect holiday in this perennially sunny city. Wide beach...warm waters...great atmosphere. It's nice to take a walk around the waterfront. It looks a bit empty because it was "winter" here, so it was a bit cloudy but the temperature was still good and the sun was out.
Iquique is a city in northern Chile, situated on the Pacific coast, to the west of the Atacama Desert. Perfect for surfing, Iquique has large industries, the port and shops. Furthermore, Iquique is also considered to be the "New Orleans" of South America. It is a lively, which is worth a visit by travelers passing through. Visitors will have the pleasure of discovering its magnificent architectural gems.
If you're passing through the first region of Chile, do not forget to learn about nitrate, which was important to our history and fuelled the rise of the Chilean economy at the time. It is a wonderful place with a lot of history that transports you to the past. You have the "Salitrera Office" and the "Santiago Humberstone", which are beautiful places you can't miss.
Iquique is an ideal for doing something out of the ordinary. It has the International Free Zone (ZOFRI) for shoping, several beaches (Cavancha and Brava) only 50m. from the hotels, a Casino, and a large expanse of parks and amusements areas for children, the Plaza Arturo Prat, the Historical Museum, the historic buildings protected by bylaws, a very special market, and a wonderful fair in the eastern part of the city. Out on Cerro Dragon, you can go paragliding, an ideal way to get from the heights down to the beach. Once down, you can visit the tourist places like the oasis of Pica, the Pintados geoglyphs, the traditional little village of La Tirana, the Saltpeter offices of Santa Laura and Humberstone, which once provided much wealth to the north of Chile.
It is one of the most symbolic and most attractive piece of architecture in Iquique, it is located in the heart of the city this pedestrian street goes from the main square to the Bay walking about 15 blocks. That ends if we get there in the square with the imposing German school which is in a beautiful building. It is a walk full of history, with Georgian style houses mostly restored and currently operating as centers of tourist interest, education, etc.. The cobblestone streets and wooden sidewalks, also have some original period trams one which give this city its atmosphere.
The best thing to visit is the summit of Morro de Arica, the view from there is very beautiful, you can see spectacular sunsets, but also the history that this hill, there is a museum which contains implements and memories left by the Pacific war Visit it, it is Beautiful.
Pica, of Hispanic origin, is located on the Inca Trail by which the Spanish came to Chile, now it is best known for its plantations of various fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit or mango. As for its tourist attractions, the Church of St. Andrew is stands out, which is the third built in the same place and its springs. Worth seeing are the sunsets from the road leading to Matilla. I also noticed they had free wifi access in the town's main square.
Four years ago, I went from Santiago to visit this beautiful city without knowing anyone and basically just feeling from the capital. There were many evenings and nights when I found myself alone with this beautiful and classic clock in the main town square. Since then, I've taken root here and consider myself more Iquiqueño. I feel reinvented. Sometimes I still sit for long moments on the stairs of the theater facing the square to watch life passing in our beautiful Plaza Prat.
This is a nice port city in northern part of Chile, bordered by the Pacific, where pelicans and sea lions are hauled out by fishermen. It was at this port, which looks like a peaceful place, where a fierce battle took place between Bolivia and Chile in the War of the Pacific. Arica is a city from where you can leave to go to visit Parque Lauca and the Cordillera Real de los Andes.
Small village in size, but of great cultural and religious significance, celebrating one of the most important pilgrimages in Chile: Between 12 and 18 July 18 each year thousands of visitors arrive to worship the Virgin of Carmen. The peak day is July 16. In the village stands the church which was built at the beginning of the twentieth century and which borders the Plaza de Armas. On one side is the Museum of La Virgen de la Tirana where they keep the gifts she receives. There, parties are held in her honour.
Located 145 km. away from Arica. Lauca National Park is unique in the world, and was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, due to its lake being so rich in flora and fauna. Lake Chungará is 4570 meters high. It is 137,883 hectares large. Here, there is rain in summer and snow in winter, and the weather is dry. The Cotacotani lakes are very interesting, and their main attraction is their emerald waters. These are a series of lakes, interconnected due to volcanic eruptions. Another tourist attraction is Lake Chungará, located at an altitude of 4570 meters, considered to be the world's highest lake. It's surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of Parinacota and Sajama.
Parinacota is a small white village that's near Lake Chungará (just one of more than 4,000 lakes) where there are only 4 families living, and when we arrived there were only 2! We didn't see any people so we were able to wander around the village alone, as if it were fake town on a movie set. It's the church, which was built in the seventeenth century and rebuilt in 1789, that was really cool. Its main construction materials are clay, straw and lime. The arced crowns of pink volcanic stone that are located on top of the gates in the wall surrounding the temple also deserve some mention.
Our desert is very beautiful, stunning pastel colors, ochres and blues, creams and reds, white salt flats and gypsum, etc. .. mineral in photos without changing its natural state, all very beautiful. Always along the coastline on the way to the Customs of the Loa, where the longest river in our country is, but it is also at the lowest level and, in parts can be crossed on a small boost, from one side to another.
In Arica photography is not very much appreciated, and when I was in the center I saw a lot of young people dressed in black, the result of which turned out to be a traveling exhibition of photographs taken in Codpa, a town near Arica, I found an ingenious way share this beautiful art.
I never really think there are so wonderful landscapes at great height, lakes, animals and herds of alpaca, guanaco.etc., I can not really explain why to you, you have to check it out for yourself, it is worth it, so yes, no come people with heart problems, remember that is at 4,500 meters high and if you get caught,the punishment comes with headache, vomiting and dizziness, it is complicated because on the tour I did it happened to several people, both women and men.
One of the important airports in the north of Chile, it is also used for flights to foreign countries such as Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. The airport when I was there was being remodelled and extended, now that it is finished and it is first class.
One of the best views from Arica is Azapa Valley. You can start your tour of the Museo San Miguel de Azapa where the Chinchorro mummies, the oldest mummies ever found, are housed. They are even older than those of Egypt! The town owes its nickname to the beach of the same name located in Arica, its main settlement. However this fishing and gathering culture, extended from northern Chile to southern Peru. The mummies date back to 5000 BC and are unique because infants and even fetuses were mummified. Unlike Egypt all deaths in the village were mummified even if they didn't belong to higher social classes. Along the way we visited a cotton plantation saw the geoglyphs of Azapa Valley. There we saw curious inscriptions and drawings on giant stones in the field. There were depictions of animals, human figures and other geometric figures. It is a good point to stop and watch the sunset.
This village is located right in the middle of the Atacama Desert, about an hour's drive from Iquique. Here you can visit the geoglyphs which were painted where complex looms of the mystical world of the pre-Columbian peoples of the area. This is one the world's largest concentrations of art, and it is a very quiet town with many basic services. It has one continuous locomotion that goes towards Iquique and its surroundings .. It passes through Highway 5 North. Here I show the town square .. And Highway 5 north passing through here .. Take a short stroll to enjoy the sunny climate .. Throughout the year, there is almost no rain here.