Destination guide: Calama, Chile

Calama Chile is located in Chile's arid northern region, and is one of the driest cities in the world. Fly to Calama with LAN Airlines and you can easily explore Chuquicamata, San Pedro de Atacama, and the Valley of the Moon.

Some of Calama’s top attractions are the Licancabur volcano, Los Flamencos National Reserve, the El Tatio Geysers, along with many more natural points of interest. The city itself hosts many museums and educational centers.

  • Calama - Things to do

    Sights

    Iglesia Catedral San Juan Bautista

    At the end of Calle Ramírez, shady Plaza 23 de Marzo bristles with market stalls and disorientated pigeons. You'll find the sizable pink-and-copper Iglesia Catedral San Juan Bautista here.

    Latitude: -22.4624762460141 / Longitude: -68.9276432991028
    Sub-Type: Religious, Spiritual
    Address: Calle Ramírez, City Center
    Extras: Plaza 23 de Marzo

    Museo Arqueológico y Etnológico

    On Av O'Higgins is the diminutive Museo Arqueológico y Etnológico, with decent exhibits on highland culture of the Atacama

    Latitude: -22.4806985213207 / Longitude: -68.9296603202820
    Sub-Type: Museum
    International Number: (56-55) 316 400
    Opening Hours: 10:00-13:00 & 15:00-19:30 Tue-Fri, 15:00-19:30 Sat & Sun
    Pricing: adult/child US$0.40/US$0.20
    Address: Av O'Higgins, S of City Center

    Parque el Loa

    At the south end of Av O’Higgins, Parque el Loa has a riverside swimming hole and a replica of Chiu Chiu’s celebrated church. It’s the best picnicking spot in town and a nice break from the bustle. Also here is the diminutive Museo Arqueológico y Etnológico (316-400; adult/child CH$200/100; 10am-1pm & 2-6pm Tue-Fri, 2-6pm Sat & Sun), with decent exhibits on the highland culture of the Atacama. Also in the park, across the river, is the Museo de Historia Natural y Cultural del Desierto (349-103; adult/child CH$500/200; 10am-1pm & 3-7pm). This small, well-presented museum explores the region’s ecology, culture and paleontology.

    Latitude: -22.4804209420736 / Longitude: -68.9296174049377
    Sub-Type: Outdoors
    Opening Hours: 10am-8pm
    Pricing: admission free
    Address: Av O'Higgins, S of City Center