DISCOVER IQUIQUE & SURROUNDINGS – 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTSfrom
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- Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, BEACH, Boutique, Budget, Charming, City Tour, Classic, Desert, Ecofriendly, Family-friendly, GROUP DEPARTURES, Hiking, Historical, Mid-range, Mountain, Museum, Photograph, Quiet, Trekking, Trendy, Urban, Volcano
- Activity Level Leisurely
- Group Size Medium Group
Important notes: Fixed and private departures available. Please contact us for customized departures!
- Private vehicle;
- English Speaking guides;
- 1 personal bottle of water per person, per day;
- Meals indicated (B: breakfast, BXL: box lunch, L: lunch, D: dinner);
- Entrance tickets;
- Accommodation as mentioned.
- Flights tickets;
- Fatbikes tour;
- Meals and services not detailed in the itinerary;
- Guides for tranfers in/out;
- Travel Insurance.
- DAY 1 IQUIQUE: TRANSFER IN - CITY TOUR
Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we will begin our tour in Iquique, visiting the most important historical aspects. You can still breathe the saltpetre cycle in its streets (between the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century). The architecture is a true reflection of the richness of a city that, at that time, was one of the most important ports in Chile. During this tour we will visit the Spanish Moorish-style Casino (Casino Español) and Plaza Prat, where the Clock Tower and the Municipal Theater are located. We will also visit the Regional Museum that houses Chinchorro mummies, the oldest known to man. Along Baquedano street you can see the beautiful residences built for the wealthy owners of the Saltpeter companies. To end this historical tour, we will visit the fishermen ‘s cove, where we will learn more about the Pacific War, which involved Peruvian and Chilean ships in 1879. Rest of the afternoon free to enjoy the beach or Hotel facilities.
Night in Iquique.
- DAY 2 IQUIQUE - HUMBERSTONE – GEOGLIFOS DE PINTADOS – LA HUAYCA
4o minutes from Iquique is Humberstone ghost town, declared a World Heritage Site, which reflects the era of splendor and contrasts that existed 2 centuries ago, when the extraction of nitrate was the most important economic activity in northern Chile. After lunch we will visit Pintados Geoglyphs, with more than 1500 years old, has been preserved due to the almost zero rain in this part of the Atacama Desert. We will find more than 400 prominent figures in the hills due to the technique of contrasting colors of the earth by scraping or accumulating rocks. Continue to La Huayca, where we will spend the night and enjoy a dinner under the stars.
Night in El Huarango. (B, L, D)
- DAY 3 LA HUAYACA - IQUIQUE
In the morning we will visit the town of Pica, an oasis in the middle of the desert with tipycal houses and good restaurants, ideal to spend a moment of relaxation trying the artisan ice creams or tropical fruit juices characteristic of the area, such as the mango, passion fruit and guavas. As an optional activity, after lunch, we can visit Cocha Resbaladero, a popular thermal bath framed in two natural tunnels made of volcanic rock. And for those who are good cyclists, we can do a 45-minute ”downdunes” ride in fat bikes (prior reservation). Or if you just want to enjoy the hotel with a good book or pisco sour, it is also possible. Return to Iquique.
Night in Iquique. (B, L)
- DAY 4 DEPARTURE
Day at your leisure to enjoy the beach, paragliding, surf lessons or do shopping at Zofri. Then, at agreed time, transfer to the airport. (B)