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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 Fusion in Iquique


A surprising find in Iquique, Santorini serves up a huge menu of authentic Greek fare, best enjoyed in the bougainvillea-draped back patio. Aside from saganaki (fried cheese) and souvlaki, you'll also find pastas, w…
Top Choice Chilean in San Pedro de Atacama


A short walk south from busy Caracoles, Baltinache has some of San Pedro's best cuisine. Thick adobe walls hung with geoglyph-inspired artwork and flickering candles set the scene at this elegantly understated gem. …
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 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 best restaurants serves up excellent grilled meat and seafood dishes amid wood paneling and an old-fashioned ambience. Service is generally quite good, and there's a decent wine list too.
Historic Site in Humberstone & Santa Laura


The influence and wealth of the nitrate boom whisper through the deserted ghost town of Humberstone. Established in 1872 as La Palma, this mining town once fizzed with an energy, culture and ingenuity that peaked in…
Natural Feature in Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos

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…
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…
Museum in Azapa Valley

Museo Arqueológico San Miguel de Azapa

This museum, 12km east of Arica, is home to some of the world's oldest-known mummies. There are superb local archaeological and cultural-heritage displays and a handy audio guide in English. Colectivos (CH$1200) at …