Pozo Almonte is a municipality and capital of the Province Tamarugal in the Region of Tarapaca, Chile.
Its area is 13,765.8 square kilometers, where lives a population of 14,366 inhabitants (INE, 2006). It is located entirely in the pampas Tamarugal. The community is located in a series of nitrate plants, highlighting the Humberstone and Santa Laura.
La Tirana (Aymara: t'iraña, 'ravel, turns on')? is a town in the municipality of Pozo Almonte, in the Tarapacá Region, Chile. It has a population of 818 inhabitants.
The village of La Tirana is located in oasis in the heart of Tamarugal Pampa, 72 kilometers distant from Iquique.
It people a quiet little during the year and that is transformed during the religious festival of the Virgen del Carmen de La Tirana, celebrated their day on 16 July each year, the main religious festival of Chile, the Fiesta de La Tirana. Between 12 and 18 people suffer a complete metamorphosis in which believers dedicated music lasts a week (5 days), dance and offerings to their patron saint, the Virgin. Show special and unique in the country is estimated that over two hundred thousand people come each year to greet and see the dances in honor of Our Lady of Mount Caramel
San Andres de Pica (Aymara: piqa, 'grind')? is a village and commune of Chile belongs to the Province of Tamarugal Tarapacá Region.
It is a tourist attraction, with thermal spas (oxbow lakes) in the desert. Nearby is the town of La Tirana, known for its festivities, The Huayca, Matilla and Lirima. In this community are oases in the middle of the pampas Tamarugal, where farming has flourished, especially the famous lemons of Pica, (of a kind different from the rest of the country lime) and mango
Saltpeter Works Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works are two ancient, now abandoned, located in the municipality of Pozo Almonte, Tarapacá Region in Chile.
Located 48 miles east of the city of Iquique, historic monuments and, since 25 July 2005, are World Heritage of Unesco and are included in the List of World Heritage in danger. Both nitrate, although originally functioned separately, are currently the main manifestation of beauty and contrasts period who lived in the region between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
Enjoy the beach.
The weather in the north part of the country is famous because always is sunny and the temperatures of the water are very nice.!..
Just few days in winter that this place is little cold and cloudy..otherwise, is commun see everybody practicing some surfing or walking in the area.
To admire the beautiful houses of Georgian style, it is necessary to cross street Baquedano. There are palms and the majority of this houses were built between1880 and 1920. The principal characteristic they are the corridors to the street and the props of wood.
In the Arturo Prat square gets up the Tower of the Clock constructed in 1877. This is a typical area of the city and there are many old buildings and you will also find caffe and restaurants.
The Municipal Theatre is also in a side of the square. The theatre was built completely in tabiquería of wood, it was founded in 1890 during the golden epoch of the salitre. it has a Renaissance style and it is still in perfect conditions.
This building was constructed in the year 2000 by neoclassic style of the traditional houses of this city.
The casino is a important tourist attraction in the city and in the night it is a pretty show of lights and colours. The Casino has great quantity and variety of games, besides Bars and live music.
So...come to enjoy!!
Apparently it is a good place for paragliding. They have small hills from where you start and it ends at the beach. You can also do the roundtrip for a little bit more.
I did not do it because I was sick, but I checked the prices. Usually it is about 30-35$ in good agencies. If you go at Vertical Store north of the beach you can get deal for 55$ for 2 people.
Or else someone told me that it is possible to do it for like 15$ each (4 people) in cheaper agencies.
If I thought El Gigante geoglyph was great, then those at Los Pintados are truly fabulous.
Pintados is located west off of the Pan American Hwy and south of Iquique. Here are found literally hundreds of 'glyphs on several hillsides. Any archaeology buff should not miss this.
After paying a small entrance fee, a dirt road takes you alongside these hills. About 350 figures are scratched into the hills. No one seems to know what they all mean, but this cannot detract from this incredible site. Bring lots of film!
Don't forget to bring water, especially in the summer.
In the surrounding desert, there are many things of interest that should not be missed. El Gigante de Atacama is one of the most touted geoglyphs that you should see. It is located east of Huara in the middle of nothing. This desert area is totally devoid of anything living except for road crews, a few tourists and the occasional bus going down a dusty dirt road to.......
El Gigante is a human figure over 80 meters tall. It's constructed on the side of a low hill by outlining the figure in stone and removing many of the rocks within the depiction. There are a few other far less interesting geoglyphs on a neighboring hill. This is really interesting to see.
This is not commercialized like you might expect. There is nothing there except for the 'glyphs. No admission fee. You can walk right up to it, but the view is better further back.
In November, the weather was great but I suspect in summer the heat would be very nasty. Bring water. You won't find any out there.
You can get there with a tour, taxi or rented vehicle. When we were there, the road was being worked on and there were many detours. I am not sure we could have found El Gigante had we been on our own.