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Museum in Copiapó

Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla

To find out more about the region's geology, head 18km east of town to this private museum near the village of Tierra Amarilla. Surrounded by working mines, the restored 200-year-old quincho (traditional mudhouse) f…
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Tololo Pampa

A happening tablas joint. The hottest culinary trend to hit Chile since adding mayo to mussels, tablas are cutting boards adorned with anything from meats and cheeses to ceviche and sushi. Enjoy them on the open-air…
Museum in Copiapó

Museo Mineralógico

This must-see museum literally dazzles. A tribute to the raw materials to which the city owes its existence, it displays a kaleidoscopic collection of more than 2300 samples, some as delicate as coral, others bright…
Museum in Copiapó

Museo Regional de Atacama

Built in the 1840s by industrial moguls and radical politicians, the Matta family, this national monument is worth a snoop for the architecture and the piecemeal museum with indigenous artifacts and a mock mine made…
Fusion in Copiapó

Six Fusion

Specializing in homemade pasta and doing a great sideline in sushi, this laidback restaurant is one of Copiapó's new wave of innovative, stylish restaurants. The shady backyard is the place to be on a sunny day.
Bar in Copiapó

Tololo Pampa

A happening boho joint with a series of artsy colorful rooms and an open-air back patio with rough-hewn furniture and an outdoor fireplace. Come for drinks and late-night snacks (CH$4000 to CH$5500).
International in Copiapó

Legado

The town's most innovative restaurant, with a series of small cheerful rooms and interesting meats like crocodile and Wagyu beef. Great wine list, too, with some 1200 Chilean wines.
Chilean in Copiapó

Empanadopolis

This hole-in-the-wall is hugely popular for its mouthwatering empanadas with unusual flavors and gimmicky names borrowed from Greek heroes and philosophers.
Chilean in Copiapó

Don Elias

A downmarket canteen with bright lights and a blaring TV, it churns out excellent-value almuerzos (set lunches) and à la carte dinners.
Restaurant in Copiapó

Cafelatte

Cozy resto-bar a few blocks from the square serving the usual suspects, from pizzas and pastas to salads and sandwiches, and a happy hour daily.