Many affirm that this is the loveliest region in the entire country. At any rate, it is the most surprising. Impossible to get to know in just one trip, el Norte Grande unfolds itself between the cities of Arica and Antofagasta and includes the following regions: Arica – Parinacota, Tarapacá and Antofagasta. Its main attractions are the extensive coast of the Pacific, the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world, and the altiplano or high plateau, guardian of wonders such as the salt flats of Surire and the town of San Pedro de Atacama.
It is unquestionably a land of contrasts. Endless, solitary beaches coexist with the aridness of the desert. However, for anyone who imagines they will find themselves in the middle of nothing more than dust, drab savannas and blank horizons, el Norte Grande is there to set them right and amaze them.
In its unbounded immensity, visitors will encounter flocks of gorgeous pink flamingoes amid an ocean of salt, vast lunar landscapes, open-air museums that preserve mummies even older than those of Egypt; volcanoes and geysers with plumes violently bursting out of the ground, ghost towns that tell of the mineral wealth of a bygone era; geoglyphs; Inca fortifications; and animal species adapted to this environment such as guanacos, vicuñas, pumas and chinchillas.
And as if this were not enough, in el Norte Grande are lovely beaches with formidable waves for surfing, and quiet lagoons of emerald water.
This is a place like no other on the planet that leaves no visitor indifferent.