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El Loa and Calama

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The main city of this destination is El Loa, in Calama. The city possesses great facilities to welcome tourists from Chile and other countries. One of the attractions is the Chuquicamata Mine, the biggest copper mine in the world. Also, you can find natural wonders such as valleys, mountains, lagoons, Carcote and Ascotan Salars, geysers and the aquatic fauna that includes flamingos, parinos huallotos, taguas, wild ducks and huaycos. The journey allows the visitors to see the atacameñan culture (in the highlands and precordillera), with native population that offers agricultural products and handmade crafts. The religious ceremonies like “limpia canales”, “enfloramiento de animales” and the “carnavales” are some of the cultural activities celebrated during a year. Amongst the Catholic ceremonies, the most important one is the Fiesta of the Ayquina Virgin. The favorable weather conditions allow the visitors to go outside most of the day and to enjoy the prehispanic architecture –made by the aymaras and atacameños- in Ayquina, Caspana, Chiu Chiu, Lasana, Ollague Y Toconce, as well as practicing sports and all sorts of outdoor activities.


Flora and fauna. Anchaeological and anthropological interest zone.


Hiking, trekking, bicycle ridings, raid, high mountain tours, picnic, flora and fauna contemplation, photography.


Second region.

How to get there?

Santiago-Antofagasta: Airway and land route, by Panamericana 5 North. Anywhere-Antofagasta: Airway, Cerro Moreno Airport (LanChile and Sky) Anywhere-Antofagasta: Seaway. Antofagasta-Calama: Land route, by Route 25 CH. Airway.

When to go?

All year long.


Desert weather. The temperature oscillates between day and night time, and the summer rain is more frequent with a high media of 3 milimeters. The high media temperature is 24,5ºC and the lowest is 17,1ºC.


Housing, food, transportation, outdoor activities, museums, handmade crafts, information centers.


Ayquina, Calama, Caspana, Chiu-Chiu, Cupo, Conchi Dam, Geyser del Tatio, Ayquina Church, Lasana, Chuquicamata, Ollague, Conchi town, Coska town, Lasana Pukara, Turi Pukara, Loa River, Ascotan Salar, Carcote Salar, Toconce, Aucanquilcha Volcano.

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  • 30, 1899, 00:00

Some featured hotels in El Loa and Calama

  • Hotel Agua del Desierto

    Hotel Agua del Desierto is located at the Calama Oasis in a landscape of 193.750 ft2, surrounded by ancient pepper trees, green areas, a tranquility and quiet environment, 5 minutes from downtown and 10 minutes from the airport. The…

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    Hotel Agua del Desierto
  • Sonesta Hotel Calama

    Sonesta Hotel Calama is located in the new family entertainment center, commercial and financial point of Calama, Plaza Sol del Loa, the main touristic point of the city. Number of rooms: 148. Check In: 14:00 Hrs. Check Out: 12:00…

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    Sonesta Hotel Calama
  • Hotel Diego de Almagro - Calama

    This hotel has a privileged location of just 10 minutes from the airport of Calama and the city center. It has spacious and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and comfortable beds; plus, an outdoor rooftop, pool and fitness center…

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    Hotel Diego de Almagro - Calama
  • Hotel Park Calama

    This modern hotel is located just 5 minutes from the airport in Calama and offers ample spaces, mixing the modern and traditional architecture of its surroundings. It has luxurious rooms which are fully-equipped with large beds, a…

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    Hotel Park Calama

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