Iquique and around

Iquique is the the capital of Región I (Tarapacá) and one of the main ports of northern Chile (with a growing population of around 200,000). The city is situated on a rocky peninsula at the foot of the high coastal mountain range, sheltered by the headlands of Punta Gruesa and Cavancha. Iquique is a brash, modern city, with a well-preserved collection of historical buildings in the centre, whose bright wooden façades make a surprising contrast to the lifeless desert and the grey coastal mist.

Inland from Iquique are several small towns that were the early centres of Spanish colonial settlement. They are less crowded than villages near Calama and Arica and are well worth visiting


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