El Norte Grande Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in El Norte Grande - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Iquique 10

Arica 9

Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos 9

Parque Nacional Lauca 5

Mamiña 5

San Pedro de Atacama 5

Juan López 4

Pisagua 2

Reserva Nacional Pampa del Tamarugal 2

Calama 2

Chacabuco 2

Antofagasta 2

Salar de Surire 1

Reserva Nacional Las Vicuñas 1

Gigante de Atacama 1

Pica 1

Geysers del Tatio 1

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Beach–Sight 9

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Clock 2

Fountain 1

Geological Site 7

Ghost Town 1

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Information Center 1

Military Site 1

Museum/ Gallery 9

Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 4

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 4

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Aduana de Arica

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Across from the Parque General Baquedano, the Aduana de Arica, the city's former customs house, is one of Eiffel's creations. It currently...

El Morro de Arica

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Hanging over the town, this fortress is impossible to ignore. This former Peruvian stronghold was the site of one of the key battles...

Estacíon Ferrocarril

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North of Parque General Baquedano is the defunct train station for the Arica–La Paz railroad. Though trains no longer run across the...

Iglesia de San Marcos

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Located on the Plaza Colón, the Iglesia de San Marcos was erected in 1876 and was constructed entirely from iron. Alexandre Gustave...

Museo Arqueológico de San Miguel de Azapa

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A visit here is a must for anyone who travels to El Norte Grande. In an 18th-century olive-oil refinery, this museum houses an impressive...

Museo del Mar

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This museum houses a well-maintained and colorful collection of more than 1,000 seashells and oceanic oddities from around the world.

Playa Brava

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The long stretch of Playa Brava is renowned for its consistent waves (which are too strong for swimming) and beautiful sunsets. Amenities:...

Playa Chinchorro

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The white sands of Playa Chinchorro, 2 km (1 mile) north of the city are popular with families and swimmers. You can also rent Jet Skis...

Playa El Laucho

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South of El Morro, Playa El Laucho is the closest to the city, and thus the most crowded. It's also a bit rocky at the bottom but waters...