It is always temperate here. In winter you might want a light sweater at night, but that's about the limit of it. If you plan on going into the mountains, it will get quite cold at night. It never rains. Never.
Wear lots of cheesy polyester and platform soles. That way you will not stick out. The amount of drugs you can get at the pharmacy just for the asking is.. well.. unusual. The UV down here tends to be hard. Bear that in mind if you intend to go into the mountains. Antofagasta has no beaches worth mentioning. The few areas that are sandy rather than rocky tend to be extremely polluted with garbage.
Every Sunday, just before noon in Antofagasta, the local school children have a parade where they march through the main square. Afterward, the kids drown the blocks with their parents. Quite a fun time to see the loca families.
Antofagasta, Chile gateway to the Atacama
Antofagasta is the major port city of Northern Chile. The majority of Chile's mineral wealth leaves through this port.
The city is not as old as some of the other cities in South America, dating from the early 1800's. There is a nice central park in downtown Antofagasta with several statues donated by British ex-pates at the turn of the last century
Working for on of the 2 Lithium Producers in the area I stay here when I am required to visit our facility
One of the monuments
The main Catherdal is directly off of the plaza.
Antofagasta...home sweet home
"II region of Chile"
Antofagasta is a nice city in the north of Chile, is the capital of this region, and this is an important city due of the mining industry. I was born in this place so I have to say that Antofagasta has change a lot in this last time. We have a few great beaches like Hornitos (close to the city) and we also have a nice weather all year long, here never rains and the coldest winters are with cloudy days and 12°C. It is nice to spend some days here to visit the city and "La portada" a national monument very beautiful.
Antofagasta means in Quechua language "Big salar's town ".
The origin of the city owes to the industries of minerals. The first inhabitant was the miner "Juan Lopez" who lived in the bay of Antofagasta that nowadays is called " The Chimba ".
The city was founded in the year 1879 and it celebrates its day on February 14, day in which the city was occupied by the Chilean troops.
The picture was taken last summer when suddenly the Whales came to visit us, this is not ususal but it happened last summer and it was a nice surprise.
"Places to visit"
There are many places that you can visit in the city like the principal square "Plaza Colón" , the cathedral, "La Portada" and "Ruinas de Huanchaca", where you can see the big walls of stone that used as anchorage to the ovens of a former smelting of silver, it was activate between 1893 and 1912.
LA PORTADA DE ANTOFAGASTA
El emblema de Antofagasta, capital de la II Región, es la Portada, un hermoso arco de origen geológico. El área fue declarada Monumento Natural en 1990 y es administrada por Conaf.
Debido al terremoto de enero de 1998 se prohibió bajar a la playa y al pie del mirador, por la posibilidad de desprendimientos rocosos de los acantilados.
El arco fue fondo marino hace 30 millones de años y en él se formaron rocas sedimentarias alternadas con gruesas capas de conchas fósiles. Hace 3 millones de años el mar se retiró generando, por erosión, los acantilados y este singular arco de roca