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Iquique

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Where Chile begins in the north you can find Iquique, the first big commercial and urban center, surrounded by the desert and kilometers of beach.

Iquique is an urban center that offers outdoor activities and tourism infrastructure. It´s a great place to go and enjoy the beautiful beaches -like Cavancha- and the desert.

In the middle of the desert, the saltpeter gold age left vestiges in the region, besides the geoglifos times, petroglifos and the ancient paintings.

The area is very rich in native culture, like the aymara and atacameña, with inhabitants in the cordillera and the highlands.

You can find beautiful topography in the Isluga Volcano National Park, with high mountains and attractions like native flora, geisers, lagoons and rivers.

You can also practice all sorts of sports, such as scuba diving and fly fishing in the ocean; on land, you can try parapente, buggy and sandboard in the Dragon Hill.

The neoclasical architecture (from 1880 and 1930) is another city attraction, and the low prices you can find in the Zona Franca.

Attractions

Urban equipment. Flora, fauna and interesting topography in the highlands. Archaeological, anthropological and architectural interest zone. Zona Franca (free taxes zone) and outdoor activities.

Activities

Banano, scuba diving, aquatic ski, buggy, mountainbike, swimming, parapente, sport fishing, sandboard, surf, windsurf, photography.

Location

First region.

How to get there?

Anywhere-Santiago: Airway

Santiago-Iquique: Airway (LanChile and Sky)

Anywhere-Iquique: Land route, by Panamericana Highway. Also by seaway.

When to go?

All year long.

Climate

Desert weather, with homogeneous temperatures in the shore. The high media temperature is 24,4ºC and the lowest is 12,5ºC. The rain is almost non existent due to shore couldiness, with a high media of 0,9 milimeters.

Services

Housing, food, transportation, outdoor activities, handmade crafts, mueseums.

Surroundings

Acovinto giant cactus, San Marcos Bay, Baquedano historical street, Zona Franca Shopping center, Dragon Hill, Serrano lighthouse, Puchuldiza Geisers, Sol de Aura Hill geoglifos, Iquique, Pica, Isluga Volcano National Park, Patache, Chillaiiza petroglifos, Piragua, blanca Beach, Brava Beach, Chanavayita Beach, Los Verdes Beach, Yape Beach, Isluga town, Punta Gruesa, Loa River, Tarapacá, Enquelga springs.

Some featured hotels in Iquique

  • Hotel Radisson

    With a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Radisson Iquique is located a few minutes away from downtown Iquique and other popular places such as Playa Brava and Cavancha. It is a paradise like place in Northern Chile, with…

    From USD$134 Ref. Double

    Hotel Radisson
  • Hotel Terrado Club

    The hotel is situated in the sector of Brava beach, adjacent to the commercial centers and supermarkets. With a spectacular panoramic view of the sea, and with easy access to the airport, the city center and duty free zone. Counts…

    From USD$143 Ref. Double

    Hotel Terrado Club
  • Hotel Terrado Suites

    Located at the oceanfront at the Península de Cavancha, the Hotel Terrado Suites has the best location in town for your comfort and pleasure, with 91 suites, all with ocean view and exclusive design and decoration. For your comfort…

    From USD$189 Ref. Double

    Hotel Terrado Suites
  • Hotel Holiday Inn Express

    Located in the most amusing area of the city, Holiday Inn Express Hotel is in the fun Brava Beach Costanera and has an interesting pedestrian walk. A number of restaurants as well as the visited Iquique's Casino are additional attractions…

    From USD$150 Ref. Double

    Hotel Holiday Inn Express

They recommend us

  • "Everything was perfectly, thanks a lot!"

    February/2013

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    June/2012

    Carol Nickless

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    February/2013

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    June/2012

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    March/2013

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