PORTADA NATURAL MONUMENT
Know Portada Natural MonumentLocated in Antofagasta, La Portada National Monument is a natural formation in the middle of the sea. It's a big attraction in the area and the most recognizable spot in Antofagasta. This geographic formation is placed 50 meters above sea level, formed by volcanic rocks that emerged from the water over 100 millions b.C. It is 31,27 hectares big. La Portada was named "The Opening", due to the form in which rocks were shaped by the wind and the force of the ocean, creating a big hole in the shape of an entrance in the rocks. Today, La Portada is an excellent place to watch the landscape, surrounded by torrent waters.
Attractions: Topographic interest.
Activities: Excursions, mailing, flora and fauna contemplation, photography.
How to get there: Santiago-Antofagasta: Airway and land route, by Panamericana 5 North.
Anywhere-Antofagasta: Airway, Cerro Moreno Airport (LanChile and Sky)
Antofagasta-La Portada: Land route, by Seashore Route (kilometer 16)
When to go: All year long.
Weather: Desert weather, with homogeneous temperatures in the shore. The high media temperature is 24,5ºC and the lowest is 17,1ºC. The rain is practically non existent due to shore couldiness, with a high media of 3 milimeters.
Services: Housing, food, transportation, outdoor activities, handmade crafts.
Surroundings: Antofagasta, Hornito Beach, Boy Bay, Coloso Bay, Santa Maria Island, Punta Angamos, Mejillones, Páranal Hill Observatory, La Riconada Beach, El Medano Stream, Loa River, Quillagua Valley.