The north of Chile, with an expansion of almost 2000 kilometers, is a territory that amazes travelers for its dimensions. The desert, which escapes from being a monotonous place, is shown as a varied and irregular landscape, where the presence of man is scarce. The Atacama Desert is known for being the most arid desert in the world, a characteristic that has made it one of the most important tourist destinations in Chile. The ports of Arica, Iquique and Antofagasta, or the mining cities of Calama and Copiapó, are some of the starting points to begin exploring the northern zone. The most popular destination is undoubtedly San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the middle of the desert, surrounded by salt lakes with striking flamingos, steaming geysers and the mystical Moon Valley.
Rich in history, Arica, the northernmost city in Chile, is the gateway to the natural and archaeological wonders of Lauca National Park, the geoglyphs of Putre and the height of Lake Chungará. Arica's beaches are the warmest in the country, which makes them very popular with swimmers and surfers. The Morro de Arica, with its 110 meters high, looks north to Peru and south to the coast of Chile.
Antofagasta, nicknamed "The Pearl of the North", is a commune, city and port in northern Chile. The main industrial activities of Antofagasta are closely linked to mining. Its main tourist attractions are: "the Hand of the Desert", the Paranal Observatory (Very Large Telescope) and the saltpeter towns of "Pampa Union" and "Chacabuco".
It is the largest tourist destination in northern Chile. Located at 2,438 meters above sea level, this small town named after the Atacameños who were its original inhabitants, receives a large number of tourists, is a gateway to Bolivia, the great salt flat of Uyuni, an access to northern Argentina through the Paso Jama or Paso Sico.
This valley is one of the most famous places in Chile. It is here that you will find wine experts, astronomers and mystics in search of the essential truths of existence, from all over the world. It is very easy to get caught up in the charm of this place, some have come to visit and stayed forever. This fertile valley is the cradle of the famous and traditional Chilean Pisco.
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