At the most distant area on the shore, the pier is visited only on certain occasions by sea lions and turtles. A wide array of birds was flying over our heads and seemed to escort us during our tour.
In the distance, we caught glimpse of a group of fishermen near the lighthouse. A little closer, the yacht club and its multicolor sailing boats were rocking next to some watercrafts used for tours.
We were surprised by the different perspective of the coastline offered to us by the pier. We took some pictures from the urban area, its huge buildings, its beaches, the sea and the mountains in the background.
A few steps away, two museums give evidence of the events that gave origin to life in Antofagasta. The pier was built in 1880 in order to send salt shipment that reached the coast through the railway.
A significant and artistic detail is that some transparent openings that enable visual contact with the water and the original structure of this construction have been made on the pier floor. They are known as “Ventanas al Tiempo” (the Windows of Time).
As we chatted with some local denizens, we had an idea of their satisfaction with this heritage. As far as we were concerned, we had made the most of the cool sea breeze and learned a little bit more about the seductive history of the city.