Embark on an exciting getaway to the Antofagasta region of northern Chile, which features a stunning landscape of wide open beaches, beautiful night skies, and the expansive Atacama Desert. Escape the city lights to one of the most famous observatories in the world, the ALMA Observatory, and glimpse through a huge telescope for amazing views of the night sky.
When you stay at one of our Antofagasta vacation rentals, the beauty of this unique Chilean region will be at your fingertips - it's the perfect location for unforgettable day trips throughout the area.
Where is Antofagasta?
The Antofagasta region is south of the Tarapaca region and north of the Atacama Desert. Stunning beaches run along the edge of the region, boring the Pacific Ocean.
The city of Antofagasta is a port town and the regional capital. This area consists of a huge mining industry for saltpeter and especially copper production. North of the city, you'll find the Monumento Natural La Portada - a soaring natural arch along the coastline. The larger city of Iquique is about 260 miles north, whereas the Atacama Desert and famous stargazing spots are south of the capital city.
Things to Do in Antofagasta
You'll find endless outdoor recreation and amazing history throughout the Antofagasta region's small cities and towns. The Andean town of San Pedro de Atacama features a stunning natural desert and plateau landscape, where you can learn about the culture of the Atacameños, Quechuas, and Aymara peoples.
In the regional capital of Antofagasta, you'll have the best of both worlds with desert and sea to explore. This picturesque city features amazing natural geological sights along the coastline, complete with rocky cliffs, rock formations, and warm ocean water. Plus, all the delicious seafood and ceviche you can eat!
Outdoor sports are a popular pastime in this region, whether you're looking for water sports or recreation on land. From paragliding, dune buggies, and sand-boarding in the desert to boating, fishing, and more out on the shimmering water, take your pick of fun activities.
Astronomy Tours in Antofagasta
With the sprawling Atacama Desert and plateau, the Antofagasta region is home to some of the best stargazing in the world at the ALMA Observatory and Cerra Paranal Observatory.
Embark on an astronomy tour from San Pedro de Atacama into the desert, where you can view the stars, nebulae, and the moon from a high-powered telescope. Among scenic geysers and towering rock formations, view the planets and stars with unparalleled clarity from this amazing destination.
Visit Chile and stay in one of our Antofagasta vacation rentals for an unforgettable desert retreat - book your trip today!
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