Welcome to Iquique

Refurbished Georgian-style architecture from the 19th-century mining boom is well preserved, and the Baquedano pedestrian strip sports charming wooden sidewalks. Iquique's main claim, however, is its duty-free status, with a chaotic duty-free shopping zone (zona franca).

The city, 1853km north of Santiago and 315km south of Arica, is squeezed between the ocean and the desolate brown coastal range rising abruptly some 600m behind it.

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$34 Transfers & Ground Transport

Iquique Airport Shared Arrival Transfer

Book your shared bus transfer from the airport to your hotel in Iquique. You'll be picked up from the airport and taken in an air-conditioned bus to your hotel. Take the easy way out and book your arrival transfer in Iquique. Don't forget to also book your separate departure transfer!

$36 Transfers & Ground Transport

Iquique Airport Shared Departure Transfer

Book your transfer from your hotel in Iquique to the airport. You'll be picked up from the hotel and taken in an air-conditioned bus to the airport.Take the easy way out and book your departure transfer in Iquique. This service operates 24/7 so you don't need to worry about your early or very late transfer booking with us.

$100 Walking & Biking Tours

Atacama Fat biking

Explore approximately 10 miles (16km) on the first fatbiking tour in Chile amidst the best spot for riding in Atacama desert during this 7-hour experience from Iquique. Float over the sand, and allow yourself to smoothly traverse between gorgeous dunes that fall from the foothills of the Andes to the desert. Experience a unique sunset adventure starting with the 3:00pm drive throughout this remarkably natural setting. If you can ride a mountain bike you are ready to go. Most of the route is on soft downhill or flat sand, however you do not climb the dunes. Flow down fast as you watch the beautiful desert sunset in front of you. Refresh at the finish point with vehicle ready for you offering nice fresh snack and natural juices from the nearby town, where organic fruits grow… after all you are riding into a real oasis.  Enjoy the ride back to Iquique once the sun has set for return at approximately 8:30pm.Included with your ride is transportation, natural local fruits, fresh juice, water, and specialized bilingual guide. It also includes a Mongoose Fat Bike for the 1.5- to 2-hour easy to moderate ride as well as a helmet and day backpack. You should know how to ride a mountain bike. Your shape and health should be in accordance with the activity.

$100 Cultural & Theme Tours

Come and share the Table of the Andes: foodie and cultural experience

Take this unique opportunity to taste the real flavor of the Andes!On this full day experience you’ll have the chance to go from coast to the Andes and its beautiful highland landscapes; colorful mountains, volcanic shaped sights, interesting flora and lively fauna while visiting and being hosted by real inhabitants of this high plateau, the Aymaras.You’ll have the chance to sit and taste the authentic food, organically grown and hand processed food, without any additives or other chemicals. From the farm to your table! Cooked with care by expert local hands. Take this opportunity to taste the real llama or alpaca meat, fresh quinoa, cactus juice, fava beans, potatoes and other locally grown products. Vegetarians and vegans are welcomed to this table!From the coastal city of Iquique you’ll cross the desert, gaining altitude on every kilometer and watching the changing landscape around you. We’ll visit the Tajgrapata rock boulders crowned by the colorful Huayna Potosi climb. Crossing the Aroma creek and its beautiful sights we’ll reach the Aymara town of Cariquima. Just a few kilometers more separate us from lunch! A small adobe made village on the feet of the “frozen carnival” rock formation is our destination of today, here, an Aymara (the local ethnic group) couple is waiting to share its food and table with you; you’ll be able to talk and taste everything, learning about this different way of living, respect for their animals, growing vegetables techniques, quinoa growing, cleaning and cooking technique and much more.After lunch, we say good bye to our hosts and head to the small Villablanca lake, where many species of birds feed and nest under the sight of Cariquima volcano and the gorgeous looks of the “bofedal” and its yellow and green tones.After the sights and flavors of the highlands we start the driving back to the city of Iquique, arriving by night.

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Pintados Geoglyphs Humberstone and Salar Grande tour

Come and join us on this great way to meet the desert around Iquique!IQUIQUE - HUMBERSTONE - PAMPA DEL TAMARUGAL - PINTADOS GEOGLYPHS - SALAR GRANDE - SEA LIONS COLONY - IQUIQUEFrom your lodging at Iquique, we'll drive for about 45min to Humberstone UNESCO World heritage site, now a ghost town, it used to be the most developed town during the nitrate extraction boom of Chile. A very interesting place to understand and learn about the history of Chile and the life of our grandfathers in the desert. Aproximated visiting time: 1 hour 20min.From here we'll take the famous Panamerican road heading south down to Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve; this is the place where we get in contact with the few flora and fauna you'll find on this dry desert. Taking advantage of the nice and fresh place, we'll have a nice picnic lunch on site under the shade of Tamarugo trees (endemic tree).Our journey continues as we drive to visit the interesting Cerro Pintados Geoglyphs; more than 400 images drawn on the slopes just in front of you, telling the ancient history of convoys of trading people and llamas traveling from the Andes to the coast. Don't miss this place! you need extraordinary dry conditions to have geoglyphs and this is the best place to see them in Southamerica!. Aproximated visiting time: 1 hour.We'll drive across the desert down to Salar Grande; the source of most of the table salt in Chile! this huge curly salt flat (or salt pan) is an unsual but interesting place to visit and as we go down to the coast you'll see many trucks transporting salt to the port of Patillos, completely dedicated to shipping salt to the rest of Chile and Northamerica. Aproximated visiting time: 40min.Our last stop is to visit the Sea lions colony of Punta Patache, to hear, smell and see this typical marine mammal on its natural habitat. From here we start our driving back to the city of Iquique. Aproximated visiting time: 40 min.We've seen and learn about; Mining history of Chile in a desert ghost town, a National reserve and its endemic flora, the largest group of geoglyphs in Southamerica, the largest salt flat on production in the country and a sea lions colony in the cold waters of the Pacific... pretty good, ah?Approximated return time to Iquique: 20:30hrs.

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