Destination guide: Iquique

Useful information about Iquique



As on the entire chilean coast, a wide range of the freshest fish and shellfish are used in Iquique cuisine in both hot and cold dishes. Among the fish, the local hacha stands out and its pleasant and smooth texture makes it perfect for those who like to try new flavors.

In Iquique, desserts, ice creams, fresh fruit juices and refreshing drinks, all made with fruit from the area, such as mangos, guavas and baby bananas, are also common. There's also chumbeque, a pastry filled with mango or guava syrup, as well as Chinese sweets and typical cookies from the inland areas.



Chile's official currency is the chilean peso (CLP) but it isn't divided into cents. Bills come in denominations of 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 2,000 or 1,000 pesos and coins in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 or 500 pesos



Bear in mind that in Iquique - and in the rest of Chile - products and services include a Value Added Tax (known as IVA), equivalent to 19% of the cost of what is being purchased. Foreigners, however, are exempt from paying this tax in hotels on presentation of their ID.


Official language

The official language spoken in Iquique and throughout Chile is Spanish.


Time zone

On your flight to Iquique or to other places in continental Chile, you'll have to change your watch to GMT -4.


Electric current

In Chile, the voltage used is 220 V/50hz, but if any of your electrical appliances use a different voltage, you can always find adaptors in specialist shops throughout the country.


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