Plaza Colón

Norte Grande

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 London's Big Ben; its chimes even have a baby Big Ben ring to them, and tiled British and Chilean flags intertwine on its trunk.

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Nearby Norte Grande attractions

1. Biblioteca Regional de Antofagasta

0.05 MILES

Antofagasta's pride and joy is this thoughtfully designed library, which opened in 2013, inside a landmark building facing Plaza Colón. The library hosts…

2. Centro Cultural Estación Antofagasta

0.11 MILES

One block from the waterfront, this handsomely designed space is worth visiting for its intriguing exhibitions – which don't shy away from challenging…

3. Museo Regional

0.14 MILES

The former Aduana (customs house) now houses this two-floor museum, which has well-presented displays on natural history, and prehistoric and cultural…

4. Resguardo Marítimo

0.18 MILES

This handsome building with wooden balustrades, built in 1910 as the coast guard, sits at the entrance to the newly restored Muelle Salitrero (Nitrate…

5. Terminal Pesquero

0.35 MILES

A few blubbery male sea lions, snorting loudly and occasionally snapping at unwary pelicans, circle hopefully below Antofagasta's busy fish market, just…

6. Ruinas de Huanchaca

2.88 MILES

What at first glance looks like the ruins from some ancient indigenous settlement in fact dates only from the turn of the 20th century. Created by…

7. Monumento Natural La Portada

10.21 MILES

While not in Antofagasta proper, but rather 22km north of the city, this enormous offshore arch – the centerpiece of a 31-hectare protected zone – is the…