Antofagasta & Surroundings

  • Port

    Antofagasta, Chile

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

Discover the sights of this major hub in northern Chile along with the best-known attractions outside the town.

Departing the port, your panoramic drive begins in the busy downtown core of Antofagasta. Note the architecture from the nitrate era alongside modern buildings.

Take a short walking tour around the Plaza Col. The city's main square is surrounded by monuments that have been donated by foreign communities residing in Antofagasta. You'll pass the Clock Tower, the Bandstand, the Old Customs House and the former Railway Station. The old nitrate dock, the fishing port, and the pedestrian zone complete the downtown picture.

Leave the city and drive south past the university campus to the striking remains of a Bolivian silver refinery. It was built in 1868 and closed in 1903. From below, the ruins resemble a fortress rather than a factory. You'll stop here for photographs (entering the ruins is not permitted). A modern museum on site showcases importance of mining and astronomy in the region.

Notes:

Wear comfortable walking shoes.