Iquique Highlights

  • Port

    Iquique, 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 3 Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

Take a panoramic drive through Iquique, viewing from the coach the major attractions of this pretty town of 180,000 inhabitants.

Begin with a ride to Plaza Arturo Prat. You will view the Municipal Theater (1890) -- an attractive Renaissance-style building which served as an opera theater and stood at the heart of the refined cultural life of this desert outpost during the nitrate era.

The Regional Museum's archaeological and ethnographic exhibits give an interesting insight into the indigenous sierra and high plateau cultures. The museum features also a display documenting the nitrate industry.

Admire the turn-of-the century Baquedano Avenue. You'll stroll along this thoroughfare declared a National Monument due to its handsome buildings commissioned by the nitrate barons.

Visit Astoreca Palace -- one of the most impressive mansions on the row. Most of these houses are still inhabited, while others have become shops or businesses. Their traditional styling is preserved by municipal decree.

At Centro Español, established in 1904 for the resident Spanish community, you will learn about the ancient cultures that have inhabited this area for centuries. Built in Moorish style, it features a series of large oil paintings depicting scenes of Don Quixote's life. Enjoy a typical Chilean beverage while visiting this beautiful building.

Relax on a sightseeing drive south of the city along the scenic Avenida Costanera to the popular beach area of Cavancha before heading back to the port.

Note: The theater is undergoing restoration; views of its façade may be obscured.