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The exploitation of guano and saltpeter in the past was superseded by a significant mining activity, with the copper mines of Chuquicamata (Calama), and commercial development represented by the ports and the tax-free area of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

Antofagasta - II Región de Antofagasta

A Certain Juan López

Leaving from Antofagasta towards the North and after visiting La Portada, our next must visit destination is Juan López, a small vestige of what Northern Chile used to be...

The Miners’ Flower

Calama - II Región de Antofagasta

The Miners’ Flower

Calama is much more than a mining city. Walking its streets and visiting its shops are part of the city tour preferred by those who want to see it for the first time.

Star Trek in Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama - II Región de Antofagasta

Star Trek in Atacama

At San Pedro de Atacama, everything happens at a different pace and night, though unnoticed in other places, is observed every day.

Map of Norte Grande