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"Antofagasta" Chile Favorite Tip by chancay

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  Antofagasta - plaza de armas
by chancay

Favorite thing: the main place in Antofagasta. We´ve been on our way down to Santiago with a direct bus from we´ve had only an hour of break here to have a look at the city. I saw beautiful buildings around the plaza de armas and special old railway station buildings.

Fondest memory: in general:
Antofagasta is the largest city in Chile's Far North and the country's fourth most populous, with 235,000 inhabitants. It is also the capital city for the namesake region, as well as a major shipping port for the region's output of copper, nitrate and other minerals. Its economy is based on the provision of services and support for the mining industry, and on a sizable fishing industry.
Perched on a long, narrow strip of land at the foot of the Coastal Range, Antofagasta has some renowned universities, several beaches in the vicinity, balmy weather and well-tended parks. It is a good base from which to explore the string of beaches to the north, following the coastal Ruta 1 up to Iquique.
The desert inland of Antofagasta is dotted with ghost nitrate towns, easily accessible from the Pan-Am highway or from the Ruta 25, which links the Pan-Am Highway with Calama and San Pedro de Atacama. In the Altiplano reaches of this region is fabulous Salar de Atacama, with quaint pre-Columbian villages and Inca ruins scattered throughout the Sierra.

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  • Written Jan 23, 2003
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