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The exploitation of guano and saltpeter in the past was superseded by a significant mining activity, with the copper mines of Chuquicamata (Calama), and commercial development represented by the ports and the tax-free area of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

Antofagasta - II Región de Antofagasta

Salt: White Gold

The development, richness and history of the Antofagasta region are closely associated with the salt industry. It’s possible to retrace the footsteps of history in this city...

When the Sun Is Hot

Iquique - I Región de Tarapacá

When the Sun Is Hot

The beaches of Iquique feature enough diversity so as to interest visitors and locals to appropriate their sands in different ways. The sea is always there.

Uyuni Planet

San Pedro de Atacama - II Región de Antofagasta

Uyuni Planet

The Uyuni Salt Deposit is unique on this planet. Anything goes there and each day is different from the next one. A magical place indeed where God just left track of His existence.

Map of Norte Grande

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