Museum in Iquique

Museo Corbeta Esmeralda

This replica of sunken Esmeralda, a plucky little Chilean corvette that challenged ironclad Peruvian warships in the War of the Pacific, is Iquique's new pride and glory. The original ship was captained by Arturo Pr…
Historic Building in Iquique

Casino Español

The prize for the showiest building in Iquique goes to this Moorish-style place from 1904, on the plaza's northeast corner. The gaudily tiled creation is now a club and restaurant, but staff are surprisingly toleran…
Museum in Iquique

Museo Naval

Take in the artifacts salvaged from the sunken Esmeralda at this small museum inside the haughty colonial-style customs house, built in 1871 when Iquique was still Peruvian territory. Peru incarcerated prisoners her…
Historic Building in Iquique

Centro Cultural Palacio Astoreca

Originally built for a nitrate tycoon, this 1904 Georgian-style mansion is now a cultural center, which exhibits contemporary work produced by local artists. It has a fantastic interior of opulent rooms with elabora…
Museum in Iquique

Museo Regional

Iquique's former courthouse now hosts the catch-all regional museum, which earnestly recreates a traditional adobe altiplano village and also exhibits masked Chinchorro mummies and elongated skulls. Photographs expl…
Palace in Iquique

Palacio Astoreca

South of the plaza, Av Baquedano is lined with Georgian-style balustraded buildings dating from 1880 to 1930. Among them is the cream-and-lime painted Palacio Astoreca, a nitrate baron’s mansion that now also functi…
Plaza in Iquique

Plaza Prat

The city's 19th-century swagger is hard to miss on Iquique's central square. Pride of place goes to the Torre Reloj (1877) clock tower, seemingly baked and sugar-frosted rather than built. Jumping fountains line the…
Bay in Iquique

Muelle de Pasajeros

Hour-long boat tours around the harbor leave from Iquique's 1901 passenger pier, just west of the Edificio de la Aduana. The tour floats past the Boya Conmemorativa del Combate de Iquique, a buoy marking the spot wh…
Landmark in Iquique

Torre Reloj

This 1877 clock tower, seemingly baked and sugar-frosted rather than built, takes priode of place on Iquique's main square.
Landmark in Iquique

Edificio de la Aduana

A grand old colonial building dating back to 1876, the ex-customs house was ravaged by fire in early 2015.