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[South America Travel] Chile: Antofagasta

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Antofagasta is a city in northern Chile. It is famous as a city blessed with mineral resources. Since it faces the Pacific Ocean, it has a harbor and prospered in trade. It has a deep relationship because it was once a territory of Bolivia and because Bolivia is close. Although it is a city in South America, it has contact with Europe and is a sister city of Split in Croatia.

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Location

Antofagasta is a city located in the northern part of Chile.

History

Antofagasta was a Bolivian territory until it became Chilean in the 1879 Pacific War. It has been Chilean territory ever since it became Chilean territory under the Treaty of Valparaiso in 1884. Since the 20th century, we have begun to grow other industries without relying solely on mineral resources.

Climate

Antofagasta belongs to the desert climate. Temperatures range from 10 ° C to 30 ° C throughout the year.

Language

The official language of Chile is Spanish. In addition, Quechua, Aymara, and Mapuche are used.

Security

Chile is said to be one of the safest countries in South America. However, kidnapping cases can occur. Please avoid going out at night.

Race

Chile has more than 90% of European immigrants and Mestizo. Others are indigenous peoples such as Quechuas and Aymaras.

industry

Antofagasta is very rich in mineral resources because copper is mined. However, since the 1900s, we have begun to grow various industries by trying to break away from the dependence on mineral resources.

religion

Chile has more than 70% Catholics. Others include Protestants and Muslims.

currency

Chilean peso is used.

Sightseeing spot 1 : La Portada

La Portada attracts tourists with its natural works of art woven by many rocks. The cape has a gazebo, parking lot and restaurant.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Paseo del Mar Antofagasta

A long promenade along the coast of Antofagasta. It is a place where citizens and tourists can enjoy a walk while looking at the sea. It is also a place that tourists will definitely visit.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Plaza Colón

Colon Square is in the center of Antofagasta. The landmark is a clock tower sent from England to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Chile’s independence. There are cafes and restaurants in the area

Sightseeing spot 4 : Mano del Desierto

It is a huge hand monument boasting a height of 12m. This work was created by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irasabal. It’s located in the middle of the desert, so it’s not very convenient for transportation.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Mercado Antofagasta

Antofagasta’s central market is always crowded with citizens. The market building was founded in 1920 and is a market for fresh food and everyday items.

Sightseeing spot 6 : Desierto de Atacama

It is a desert that stretches between the Andes Mountains in Chile and the Pacific Ocean in the west. Known as the driest place on earth, there are days when the temperature exceeds 50 degrees Celsius during the day.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Salar de atacama

Salar de Atacama is known to be the second largest in the world after Lake Uyuni. It is a mysterious sight with minerals all over the area.

Sightseeing spot 8 : Ruinas de HUANCHACA

The ruins of HUANCHACA were registered as a National Historic Site in 1974. It was a silver smelter. A Christmas concert is held every year on the promenade in front of the ruins.

Sightseeing spot 9 : Observatorio Paranal

Paranal is an observatory located on Mount Cerro Paramel in the Atacama Desert, Chile. Known for discovering dark energy and Proxima Centauri b.

Hotel

Antofagasta has plenty of accommodation. Cerro Moreno International Airport is nearby. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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