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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 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…

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    Hotel Holiday Inn Express
  • Hotel Magic Beach

    Magic Beach Hotel features a privileged location, 100 meters away from the most beautiful beaches in Iquique, and in the best residential neighborhoods of the city. It is located only a few minutes away from Las Américas Shopping Mall…

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    Hotel Magic Beach
  • 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…

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    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…

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    Hotel Terrado Club

They recommend us

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and the company of the other multinational guests. The meals were excellent and Ana our waitress would always adjust meal servings if the boat was sailing past interesting…"

    February/2013

    Peter Lee

  • "The services that we received were exactly what was in the program. Excellent attention everywhere, schedule always accomplished for the best use of time, and high quallity of persons. This vacations for…"

    January/2013

    María Patricia Jaramillo

  • "The whole tour what we organized for us was perfect, guides, transportation, hotels and food, everything. Thanks a lot and congratulations to you and COMAPA. "

    December/2012

    María Carolina Gómez Saavedra

  • "Very nice guide ! Thank you for a very good service."

    June/2012

    Carol Nickless

  • "Thank you very much for your organization and the chance to enjoy of Patagonia. "

    January/2013

    Joaquim Fontes Filho

Certificates

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  • Sello de Calidad Turística
  • United States Tour Operator Association Allied Member
  • TripAdvisor

Contact us

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