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Antofagasta Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 75 photos

II region of Chile

Antofagasta is a nice city in the north of Chile, is the capital of this region, and this is an important city due of the mining industry. I was born in this place so I have to say that Antofagasta has change a lot in this last time. We have a few great beaches like Hornitos (close to the city) and we also have a nice weather all year long, here never rains and the coldest winters are with cloudy days and 12°C. It is nice to spend some days here to visit the city and "La portada" a national monument very beautiful.

Antofagasta means in Quechua language "Big salar's town ".
The origin of the city owes to the industries of minerals. The first inhabitant was the miner "Juan Lopez" who lived in the bay of Antofagasta that nowadays is called " The Chimba ".
The city was founded in the year 1879 and it celebrates its day on February 14, day in which the city was occupied by the Chilean troops.

The picture was taken last summer when suddenly the Whales came to visit us, this is not ususal but it happened last summer and it was a nice surprise.

Places to visit

There are many places that you can visit in the city like the principal square "Plaza Colón" , the cathedral, "La Portada" and "Ruinas de Huanchaca", where you can see the big walls of stone that used as anchorage to the ovens of a former smelting of silver, it was activate between 1893 and 1912.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:the weather
  • Cons:some insecure places
  • Intro Updated Jun 11, 2006
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  • johncudw's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    Looks like an interesting place, happy New Year, Patricia, from John and Gail in New Jersey, USA

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Hola Patricia, tu ciudad parece interesante. Me gustaría visitar Chile algún día. Saludos desde Italia, Michele

  • SurfaceTravel's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2007 at 6:21 AM

    Nice photo!

  • melcoyne's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2007 at 3:01 AM

    Hi Patricia, Happy Birthday! I am here in Antofa, maybe you could include La Vega in your shopping tips, I love to go to this open air market with all its colors and sounds.

  • Escadora7's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2007 at 9:53 PM

    Hi Patricia - really nice Antofagasta tips. Love the pictures; it looks heavenly! Best wishes, Eve

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    bing. you just came online. i hope you had a nice birthday :O)

  • Scotsgal's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2007 at 4:56 AM

    That's an amazing pic of the whales!!

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 9:27 PM

    hello there, just letting you know i wiil go to Antofogasta next year, may be i'll see you there to say hi...time flies, i can't wait to be there. hogar dulce hogar ;-)

  • Strannik's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Beautiful pictures and good information. I long to travel on the road all the way to the South and then your city will surely be a must stop! Saludos!!!

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2007 at 8:22 PM

    nice tips on your hometown. nice pictures and good shopping tips :-)

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