Viewpoint in Antofagasta

Monumento Natural La Portada

While not in Antofagasta proper, but rather 25km north of the city, this enormous offshore arch – the centerpiece of a 31-hectare protected zone – is the most spectacular of the area's sights. Topped by marine sedim…
Museum in Antofagasta

Museo Regional

The former Aduana (customs house) now houses this two-floor museum, which contains well-presented displays on natural history, and prehistoric and cultural development. Artifacts include a deformed skull, early colo…
Area in Antofagasta

Barrio Histórico

British flavor prevails in the 19th-century Barrio Histórico, between the plaza and the old port, where handsome Victorian and Georgian buildings still stand. On Bolívar, the bottle-green-colored train station (1887…
Plaza in Antofagasta

Plaza Colón

The British community left a visible imprint on Antofagasta's beautiful 19th-century Plaza Colón, which sports rushing fountains amid its palms, mimosas and bougainvilleas. The cute Torre Reloj is a replica of Londo…
Historic Building in Antofagasta

Resguardo Marítimo

This handsome chocolate-colored building with wooden balustrades, built in 1910 as the coast guard, sits at the entrance to the decrepit Muelle Salitrero (Nitrate Pier), where locals defy danger signs and fish for c…
Market in Antofagasta

Terminal Pesquero

A few blubbery male sea lions, snorting loudly and occasionally snapping at unwary pelicans, circle hopefully below Antofagasta's busy fish market, just north of the Port Authority.