Norte Grande

The arid desolate lands of the desert along with the beaches, the sea, the mountain range heights and the fertile valleys represent a kind of captivating beauty in the geography of Northern Chile. The Far North is made up by the main tourist destinations in the regions of Tarapacá and Antofagasta, namely: Arica, Iquique, Calama, San Pedro de Atacama and Antofagasta.

Each of these places, as well as their surroundings, shows off its natural sceneries, its history and a rich culture that dates back to Pre-Columbian times.

The national parks and monuments of Lauca, Isluga and the Surire Salt Deposit shelter a wide biological diversity in this zone.

In addition to the valuable archeological heritage, such as the geoglyphs of Mount Pintado and the pucarás of Quitor and Lasana, this area dazzles visitors with the fantastic topography of the Valley of the Moon and the Atacama Desert, El Tatio geysers and the hot springs. A synthesis of the encounter between the pagan customs and the catholic practice is the Virgen del Carmen Festival in the village of Tirana, 72 kilometers to the East of Iquique.

The exploitation of guano and saltpeter in the past was superseded by a significant mining activity, with the copper mines of Chuquicamata (Calama), and commercial development represented by the ports and the tax-free area of Iquique.

The rhythm of the cities located on the sea littoral makes contrast with the quietness of the towns in the desert area, where adventure, cultural and urban activities may be enjoyed. Furthermore, they present a wide variety of accommodation proposals, infrastructure and services specially thought for travelers from all over the world.

Recommended activities

Total: 41 tours and excursions.
Peter, the Great

Calama - II Región de Antofagasta

Peter, the Great

Only 100 kilometers of Calama, lies one of the most beautiful and fascinating sites in Chile: the small village of San Pedro de Atacama. A place to dream with eyes wide open.

A Window Into Bolivia

San Pedro de Atacama - II Región de Antofagasta

A Window Into Bolivia

A tour to get deep into Bolivian territory. The Southwest of Bolivia features a group of red, green and blue lagoons dwelled by all kinds of birds, amongst which the pink...

By Bike

San Pedro de Atacama - II Región de Antofagasta

By Bike

In San Pedro de Atacama, a bicycle is still the best vehicle to jump into adventure. It is a completely different thing on two wheels.


Map of Norte Grande