Antofagasta Travel Guide

  • Antofagasta
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  • Plaza downtown Antofagasta
    Plaza downtown Antofagasta
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  • Monument of Queen Vic
    Monument of Queen Vic
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Antofagasta Things to Do

  • La Portada

    Really, there is not much to see in Antofagasta, but there is a natural monument called La Portada.The people from Antofagasta are really proud of it. it's a rock arch, built by the nature.

  • Coloso

    On the south there is the Bay called Coloso where youu will find a Cove of fishermen, there is good restaurant where to eat fish and seafood to reasonable prices. Here you can also enjoy a ride along the bay.To be able to come here you will need a car or taxi because there aren't busses, anyway let me know because I can take you to know this place.

  • The principal square

    The principal square is a nice place to visit, there is always people sitting around talking or watching the kids playing. Here you will also find the Tower of the Clock . It was declared National Monument, it was given by the English colony; the sphere of the clock is a reply of the Bigben of London and his carillon has a similar sound.

  • Barrio Histórico

    The historic Neighborhood is a mix of buildings from the last century. They are opposite to the former port, where is the most ancient wharf (1872). Crossing the street one finds the Ex-customs. The most representative building of the architecture of the epoch where is also the museum.

  • Cathedral

    The Cathedral is in front of the princial square, it was built between 1906 and 1917 in Gothic style, with beautiful vitreaux inside.


    The Natural Monument "La Portada" is located in the II Region , to 25 km to the north of the city of Antofagasta. A beautiful arch of geological origin. The area was declared Natural Monument in 1990 and it is administered by Conaf. Due to the earthquake of January, 1998 it was prohibited to lower to the beach and at the foot of the viewing-point,...


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Antofagasta Restaurants

  • Nostradamus, specializing in...

    by blanketpower Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Nostradamus, specializing in food from Southern Chile
    English speaking, which is somewhat unusual here. The owner's name is Sergio, and he will usually come and greet you personally.

    The decor is nice. The restaurant is in a converted turn-of-the-century house, and the music is usually jazz (a blessed relief from the almost ubiquitous salsa music)

    Favorite Dish: Cordero 'al palo', which is essentially seasoned lamb roasted whole on a spit. The seafood selections are also good. Chile prides itself on shellfish ('mariscos'), but I prefer fish. Lenguado (similar to flounder) and congrio (an eel-like thing that tastes a bit like cod) are two good selections. Remember to ask for 'pebre', a spicy tomato/onion/cilantro mix that is eaten on bread as an appetizer.

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Antofagasta Nightlife

  • Good music and drinks

    La Kzona is a new Pub/Bar really good, I went last weekend to drink something and to enjoy a time, the music is great, there were also a photographer showing his work. The environment is mostly university students and here you can drink beer, Ron, Tequila, wine and Pisco. The prices are ok and you don't pay entrance, but to be able to get into you...

  • Let's dance again

    I like this place specially because the music to dance is great. The place is nice, good environment and there is all kind of music, salsa, merengue, hip hop, electronic, dance, rock, cumbia.I have a lot of fun time here.

  • let's dance

    Kamikaze is one of the most important discotheque in Antofagasta and it is also in others important cities of Chile. Is a very good enviroment, with nice energy and nice people. The are all kind of music and all kind of drinks. A nice time to arrived is before 1 am because after that maybe you will have to pay more and is gonna be full.


Antofagasta Transportation

  • public bus

    Is the most common way to go around the city but not the best, because the busses are not really nice, some of them are old and here in Chile the people drive like in the jungle... but is one of the cheapest and common ways to go.Is the most common way to go around the city but not the best, because the busses are not really nice, some of them are...

  • When in Antofagasta there is a...

    When in Antofagasta there is a wide variety of public transportation, consisting of extremely cheap and scary buses driven by certified psychopaths, taxis (identified by the black paint and yellow roof) and collectivos (black cars with a placard on the top). The collectivos are cheap (about $US 0.50 fixed rate) but travel prescribed routes, so you...

  • Antofagasta Hotels

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Antofagasta Shopping

  • Ripley

    This is also a great store in the city that offers many different things to buy. Clothes men, womem, children, electronic articles, books, underwear, shoes, toys,sport articles, music, and here you will also find different fast food restaurants. Is also cheap but there some difference of prices in some articles compared with Falabella.

  • Falabella

    This is a great store that is also in many cities of Chile. In Antofagasta is one of the most important shopping center and is very big. Here you can buy a lot of things, clothes for man, woman, children, toys, music, movies, perfums, bags, electronic articles, sports articles and much more. The prices are really good, I could say that is cheap...

  • Shopping - Antofagasta Style

    Ripley is a big diverse department store. They have everything from your standard men's and women's sections to cell phones, electronics, appliances, and even a food court on top. Everything you could want they have here. Very reasonable by western standards. You can buy a lot here without breaking the bank.


Antofagasta Local Customs

  • Stores typically open from...

    by blanketpower Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Stores typically open from about 9:30 to 1:00, then close until about 4:00 to 5:00 and stay open usually until about 9:00 PM. Most of them just open and close when they want to, but that's the general schedule. Sunday shopping is limited.

    Don't even think about trying to find breakfast anywhere except a hotel, and even in the hotels it tends to be pitiful. (The Hotel Antofagasta is an exception). Lunch is usually served from about 12:30 to 2:30, and supper from about 8:30 to about 11:00 PM. That's right, folks... don't even dream about getting food at the usual North American supper time of 5:00 to 7:00 PM, unless you want to do so at the McDonalds (a new Antofagasta feature).

    If you are driving a car, then every time you stop anywhere near downtown some fellow with a pail will come and ask if you want him to guard your car, or to wash it. Whatever you do, do not say no. He is really asking you if you would like your car vandalized, and if not to please pay him about 100 or 200 pesos, the US equivalent of about a quarter. Getting your car scoured with sandy water from his filthy pail will cost you about $US 3. Get the picture? Give the man his quarter, nothing more and nothing less. My wife paid for one guy to clean the windshield of our car while she went shopping and the guy actually used sandpaper to do so. These guys are not nuclear physicists.

    Party time starts at midnight and lasts until 6:00 in the morning. It is rude to make obscene amounts of noise any time before midnight, because people may be trying to watch TV. However, midnight to dawn is fair game. (You think I'm joking. Much to my own regret, I am not).

    The police are trustworthy. Do not be afraid of them, and do not do something monumentally stupid and rude like trying to bribe them. If you do then you will get what you deserve.

    Expect people to be completely without manners at anything resembling a lineup. Shove, push, and be brutally selfish and rude in such circumstances. Anything else will identify you as the weak animal.

    Carry toilet paper. Public restrooms, in addition to looking like the inside of a dead man's colon, tend not to have any. At 10 cents a roll it is perceived as a valuable commodity worth stealing.

    People everywhere, especially kids, will ask you for money. If you are really cynical, give them all some. You cynics out there will understand why.

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Antofagasta Warnings and Dangers

  • Believe it or not, the...

    by blanketpower Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Believe it or not, the municipal water is drinkable. Be careful of shellfish from small or disreputable looking restaurants. Virtually everyone is selling the stuff. My wife was in hospital for four days and sick for weeks afterward from some unnamed parasitic entity she contracted from a seafood empanada.

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Antofagasta Tourist Traps

  • Everyone will tell you to go...

    by blanketpower Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Everyone will tell you to go to La Portada. It is a non event, consisting of a large perforated rock in the ocean, surrounded by a litter strewn beach that is now hard to access due to an earthquake that destabilized the stairway a few years ago. There is a restaurant that has a nice view, but the food is not particularly inspiring.

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Antofagasta What to Pack

  • Packing List

    by blanketpower Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The amount of drugs you can get at the pharmacy just for the asking is.. well.. unusual.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 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.

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Antofagasta Off The Beaten Path

  • Surfing @ La Portada

    My good friend Carlos, the guy in the center, and myself were advised that 7 am would be a good time on that day for surfing on the beach.Gonzalo (on the left) provided the wet suit and the boards and drove us to La Portada.I guess he would make this availble to you, if you would ask.You can also ask in the Radisson Hotel, where we stayed.This is...

  • Sunday's Parada

    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.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Antofagasta Favorites

  • Antofagasta just in case of emergency

    I really don't recommend to stay at Antofagasta, not because of the people. Just because this city doesn't have anything interesting to do or to visit. Some people say that make a little tour to "La Portada" maybe could be interesting, but that's all you can do. If Antofagasta is on your route i recommend better to stay in San Pedro de Atacama or...

  • Visit the Vega, an open air...

    Visit the Vega, an open air farmer's market that is 100% 'legitimate'.Walk along the coast at sunset, where you see some of the loveliest sunsets ever.

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