Coquimbo is the sister city of Chile’s favorite close-to-Santiago northern city, La Serena. While La Serena is sleepy and sedate, Coquimbo has more hustle and bustle, but still enjoys the warmer temperatures and beautiful skies typical of the norte chico, as this part of Chile is called. Coquimbo is just across the bay from La Serena, and while La Serena will always be king of norte chico tourism, for its large hotels and white sand beaches, it’s well worth a 20 minute drive to Coquimbo for a lively market, and a couple of attractions you can’t see anyplace else in Chile.
San Pedro de Atacama is, without a doubt, one of the main must-dos in Chile for visitors from all over the world. If it were not for all the great tourist services and sights near this small outpost town in the middle of the desert, it probably wouldn’t get many visitors at all. But the number […]
Before you head back home from your trip to Chile, you’ve got to take stock of what you’re bringing back with you. Maybe in the north you bought a poncho, or you headed to Pomaire and bought some terra cotta dishes or three-legged lucky pigs. Or maybe you’ve loaded up your bag with the legal allotment of Chilean wine. But there’s always room for a few more items, for yourself, the person watching your house while you’re gone, or your child’s teacher, who helped you out by giving you your child’s homework assignments in advance. Here’s a quick guide to where to round out your souvenir shopping in Santiago before getting on the plane to go back home.
Iquique, in the north of Chile has several things that no other city in the country has. It was a historically important town in the saltpeter (nitrate) industry, which can be seen in the structure and architecture of the city. It also has beach access that is significantly warmer (and more surfable) than many other beaches in the country. And if that weren’t enough, there is also a rebuilt ship museum representing Chile’s most important naval battle, in which a wood-hulled Chilean ship sank an ironclad Peruvian one.
When we talk about the northern, or desert part of Chile, we talk about the Norte Chico (close north), and Norte Grande, the far north, where the northernmost Chilean city of Arica is located. This city is just below (and used to belong to) neighboring Peru, and is an easy place to stop for a couple of days and enjoy one of the country’s warmest beaches, take in the view from the big hill that overlooks town, enjoy a long walk on the beach, and even learn about history, by visiting a museum with the oldest mummies in the world.
If you’re up for traveling to the driest desert in the world, you’re probably up for some outdoor adventure while you’re there. The Atacama desert is normally accessed in Chile from the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, and from there, you can arrange for many different kinds of outdoor adventure, from self-guided […]