Coastal segment, Taltal-Punta Tórtolas: history and desert by the sea

This route draws attention to the value of Taltal’s historical wealth and the memory of its glory days as a rich mining town, still visible in the architectural wealth of its heritage buildings.

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Location:  Municipality of Taltal, Antofagasta Region.

Distance: 33 km.

Travel Time:  2 to 3 days.

Travel Mode:  Hiking, bicycle, automobile.

Season: Year round.

Landmarks: 23.

Main Attractions:  This route draws attention to the value of Taltal’s historical wealth and the memory of its glory days as a rich mining town, still visible in the architectural wealth of its heritage buildings, and urban spaces reminiscent of the boom era of nitrate extraction. Observe the coastal desert’s geomorphology and the geological characteristics of the series of beaches known as “pocket beaches” because of their diminutive forms and special features. An example is Punta Tórtola (“Turtle Dove Point”), where this beautiful heritage route ends.

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