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Top Choice Museum in San Pedro de Atacama

Museo Gustavo Le Paige

Even if museums aren't your thing, make an exception for San Pedro's superb Museo Gustavo Le Paige. The Atacama is nirvana for archaeologists because of its nearly rainless environment, which preserves artifacts for…
Top Choice Museum in Arica

Museo de Sitio Colón 10

See the 32 excavated Chinchorro mummies in situ at this tiny museum below El Morro. They were discovered when an architect bought this former private home with the intention of converting it into a hotel. You can ga…
Top Choice Chilean in Iquique

El Wagón

Almost single-handedly taking on the task of preserving the region's culinary traditions, this rustically decked-out dining hall serves up a fantastic collection of seafood plates, with inspiration for recipes comin…
Top Choice Chilean in San Pedro de Atacama

La Casona

A high-ceilinged dining room with dark wood paneling and an adobe fireplace in the middle, the classic La Casona serves up sizzling parrilladas and Chilean staples such as pastel de choclo. There's a long list of Ch…
Top Choice Chilean in Antofagasta

Cafe del Sol

On weekend nights, this ramshackle corner resto-bar comes alive with live Andean music and dancing (CH$3000 cover after 11pm). Other nights, it serves a good range of mains in the cozy wooden interior with dim light…
Top Choice Chilean in Arica

Los Aleros de 21

One of Arica's more highly esteemed restaurants, serving up a good selection of meats and seafood dishes with a few pasta and chicken dishes rounding out the picture. Good wine list, too.
Observatory in South of Antofagasta

Cerro Paranal Observatory

In the world of high-powered telescopes, where rival institutes jostle to claim the 'biggest,' 'most powerful' or 'most technologically advanced' specimens, Paranal is right up there with the big boys. This groundbr…
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 Arica

Museo Histórico y de Armas

The imposing coffee-colored shoulder of rock, El Morro de Arica, looms 110m over the city. It makes a great place to get your bearings, with vulture-eye views of the city, port and Pacific Ocean. However, this lofty…
Canyon in Around San Pedro de Atacama

Valle de la Luna

Watching the sun set from the exquisite Valley of the Moon is an unforgettable experience. From atop a giant sand dune, you can drink in spectacular views as the sun slips below the horizon and a beautiful transform…