Destination guide: Antofagasta, Chile
The city of Antofagasta is in the extreme north of Chile, on a strip of land by the sea and next to the arid desert and the coastal mountain range, which creates beautiful scenery that is rarely seen in big cities.
One of the icons that most represents Antofagasta is La Portada, a natural monument in the shape of an arch and the Hand of the Desert, a sculpture of a hand emerging from the depths of the earth.
Antofagasta - Things to do
The Torre Reloj is a tiny replica of London's Big Ben; its chimes even have a baby Big Ben ring to them, and tiled British and Chilean flags intertwine on its trunk. Pigeons provide amusement slipping into the shallow fountains with comical regularity.
Latitude: -23.6463718804921 / Longitude: -70.3980302810669
Sub-Type: Square, Plaza
Address: in Plaza Colón, City Center
Across the street, the former Aduana (customshouse) was originally erected in Mejillones in 1869; it was dismantled and transported here piece by piece in 1888. It now houses the Museo Regional, which contains simplistic displays on natural history, and prehistoric and cultural development. Artifacts include mummified babies, a deformed skull, early colonial tidbits and paraphernalia from the nitrate era, including toys fashioned from tin cans.
Latitude: -23.6444160887174 / Longitude: -70.3977942466736
International Number: (56-55) 227 016
Opening Hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Fri, 11am-2pm Sat & Sun
Pricing: adult/child CH$800/300
Address: Av Balmaceda & Bolívar
Ruinas de Huanchaca
Hovering over the city, at the south end of Av Argentina, the imposing hillside foundations of a 19th-century British-Bolivian silver-refining plant offer some of the best panoramas of the city. From downtown take colectivo 3 and ask for Minas de Plata (silver mines).
Address: Av Argentina, S of City Center