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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Bath/ Hot Spring 3

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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Calle Baquedano

  • Pedestrian Mall

Leading out from Plaza Prat is this pedestrian mall with wooden sidewalks. This is a great place for an afternoon stroll past some of...


  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

One of the last nitrate plants in the region, Humberstone closed in 1960 after operating for nearly 200 years. Now it's a ghost town...

Museo Naval

  • Museum/Gallery

Located in the old customs house, the museum has displays about the Battle of Iquique in 1879, when the Chileans claimed Iquique from...

Museo Regional

  • Museum/Gallery

Along the historic Calle Baquedano is this natural-history museum of the region. It showcases pre-Columbian artifacts such as deformed...

Palacio Astoreca

  • House/Mansion/Villa

For a tantalizing view into the opulence of the nitrate era, visit this Georgian-style palace. Built in 1903, it includes highlights...

Playa Blanca

  • Beach–Sight

Thirteen km (8 miles) south of the city center on Avenida Balmaceda, Playa Blanca is a sandy spot that you can often have all to yourself...

Playa Brava

  • Beach–Sight

If you crave privacy, head south on Avenida Balmaceda to Playa Brava, a pretty beach that's often deserted except for young people lighting...

Playa Cavancha

  • Beach–Sight

Just south of the city center on Avenida Balmaceda is Playa Cavancha, a long stretch of white, sandy beach that's great for families...

Plaza Prat

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Life in the city revolves around this plaza, where children ride bicycles along the sidewalks and adults chat on nearly every park bench.

Teatro Municipal

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Unlike most cities, Iquique does not have a cathedral on the main plaza. Instead, you'll find the sumptuous Teatro Municipal, built in...