Approximately 140,000 people call Calama in Antofagasta home.
The national capital Santiago is located 770 miles (1239 kilometers) south of Calama, while La Paz is 410 miles (660 kilometers) to the north.
If you are staying in Calama find a tranquil setting in any of its much-loved public parks. San Pablo Volcano, Paniri Volcano and pretty San Pedro Volcano are the perfect places to find a shady spot and get lost in a great book.
One of the best heritage sites in the area is the Pukara de Lasana. Atmospheric and educational, it is well worth a trip. Explore the site, snap some pictures and research the backstory that makes it so significant.
The Chuquicamata and the Chiu Chui Church, are two more facinating landmarks sure to delight vacationers in in the Calama area.