Unforgettable experiences in the Tarapacá Region

From beautiful landscapes to places filled with history and heritage, this region at the north of Chile, invites everyone to travel across its corners.

Felipe Cantillana | Fundación Imagen de Chile
Felipe Cantillana | Fundación Imagen de Chile

One of the most visited region in the north of our country for tourists that seek to escape the routine on Iquique’s beautiful beaches, to feel amazed by the landscapes of the Andean plateau, to enjoy the remains of ancient cultures or to learn about the different events that took part in our history. We give you some of the most attractive destinations of this region:

Cavancha Beach

One of the most popular beaches in the north of our country, that charms visitors for its white sand and warm and peaceful water that allow swimming. There are areas of the beach that are open for other types of activities, such as animal exhibitions, an aquarium and a few parks.

Corbeta Esmeralda Museum

Located at Iquique’ shore, this historical museum is a real-sized representation of the ship that took part in the Battle of Iquique in 1879. It was created with the purpose of providing an inside look to the community, so they will learn about their culture and history. With several reproductions and copies within the Esmeralda, it is possible to have a clear idea of how life was for the sailors inside the ship, specially during war times.

Paseo Baquedano

Road in the middle of Iquique that through its architecture takes us back to other times. It was considered to be one of the most important urban areas of the city during the saltpeter era. The architecture of these buildings reflect a blending of the northern traditions of our country, with the foreign influences of migrants that arrived to this city. Nowadays it’s considered as a “Zona Típica” (Traditional area) of Iquique, including its historical trolley that takes passengers through the most colourful streets of this road.

Cerro Dragón

Located in the region’s capital, Iquique, this is the name of a great dune that emerged due to strong winds that date back to 20.000 years ago. This Nature Sanctuary has become a great attraction of the city, where different activities and sports take place, such as sandboard and paragliding. From the top of this place, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city.

Atacama Giant

A big hieroglyph located next to the Unita Hill, a few kilometers away from Huara. Shaped as a person and with over 100 meter in length, is it believed that it’s a representation of what indigenous groups of the area called “chamán” (someone with a magical powers); there’s also a theory that it could represent some kind of deity. Based on indigenous traditions, this figure also provided information about the moon’s position and the seasons: allowing farmer to determine when it was crop season.

Volcán Isluga National Park

Located above 4.000 meters above sea level, this national park comprises a total of 174.744 hectares, filled with traditional flora and fauna of the Andean plateau. Yaretas, tolares and queñuales are often spotted in this place, the first one being one of the oldest plants in the world. This vegetation is complete by the presence of animals such as the guanaco, the vicuña, the llama, the alpaca, the zorro culpeo and vizcachas. But without a doubt, one of the most visited attractions is the Puchuldiza geothermal field, formed by geysers and hot springs that reach high temperatures.

La Tirana

This town located in Pozo Almonte is national and internationally known for its party of the same name, which takes place on July 16 of every year, in which people honoured Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The second biggest religious celebration of the country, that year after year welcomes more than 250.000 believers during a whole week, who come from different parts of Chile and neighbouring countries. Parades, dances and chants take over this small town of no more than 800 inhabitants.

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works

Located 47 kilometers away from Iquique, this ancient saltpeter works are a reflection of the different refineries that peaked during the end of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century. Today, they are considered World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO, due to their historical value. Within these places it is possible to observe the headquarters, a theatre, a church, a store, and different houses were workers used to live.

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