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Two unique natural landscapes combine in Northern Chile to create an incredibly beautiful region. High mountain plateaus sit alongside what is said to be one of the driest deserts in the world. Discover mining centers and ghost towns, lounge on sunny Pacific beaches and visit exciting cities, where for much of the year there is not a single cloud in the sky.
Explore the mysteries and beauty of the Atacama Desert, where in some areas no rainfall has ever been recorded. Not only does it boast beautiful natural wonders, but also fascinating man-made features. Head to Cerro Pintados and Tiliviche to see large geoglyphs left by indigenous peoples on the desert hillsides and ravines.
Venture to abandoned towns, slowly crumbling beneath the desert sun, which tell the story of the once-booming sodium nitrate industry. The best preserved of these towns is Humberstone, where workers’ houses, an old theater, church, hotel, and workshops with abandoned tools and paperwork still remain. Reach Humberstone easily from nearby Iquique, one of several coastal cities in the region known for their cloudless skies and duty-free shopping.
To see today’s heavy industry in action, take a tour of the giant open-pit copper mine at Chuquicamata, just 10 miles (15 kilometers) from the city of Calama. Calling itself “the land of sun and copper,” Calama, together with the nearby port town of Antofagasta, is at the heart of the important Chilean mining industry.
To the east, the desert climbs towards the Altiplano. This windswept plateau, with lakes and salt flats ringed with snowcapped volcanoes, gets some tropical rainfall, but the high altitude means only the hardiest flora and fauna can survive. Admire the spectacular scenery and search for wildlife at the Parque Nacional Lauca.
After outdoor adventures, unwind in the hot spring oases of Pica and Matilla or hit the soft sand and warm waters of the beaches close to La Serena, a coastal town set amid rolling valleys where some of the most famous Chilean grapes are grown.
To reach Northern Chile, fly into El Loa Airport near Calama. Travel around the region via buses and minibuses.
Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this hotel is 4.1 mi (6.5 km) from Piedra del Coyote Overlook.
Situated in Calama, this hotel is close to Calama Municipal Stadium, Los Lolos Park, and San Juan Bautista Cathedral. Nearby attractions also include Mall Plaza Calama.
Located in the heart of San Pedro de Atacama, this romantic hotel is steps from San Pedro Church, Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama, and R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum. Inca House and Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Pedro Church, Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama, and R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum. Inca House and Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of San Pedro de Atacama, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro Church, and R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum. Inca House and Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Pedro Church and R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum. Meteorite Museum and Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this lodge is close to Inca House, Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige, and R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum. Also nearby are Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama and San Pedro Church.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Iquique Casino and Cavancha Beach. Mineralogical Museum and Las Americas Shopping Mall are also within 15 minutes.