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.

$88 Transfers & Ground Transport

Guided Bus THE SUN ROUTE From Puno To Cusco And Viceversa

Cusco - Andahuaylillas - La Raya- Pucara – Puno After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel at 06:10am and take you to the bus station, the bus departs at 07:00am to our first stop.*Andahuaylillas, The "San Pedro de Andahuaylillas" church is also known as the "Sistine Chapel of America", this church is one of the most amazing and beautiful samples of the Andean popular religious art. It have been built at the end of the 16th century given the fact that one of its murals, signed by Luis de Riaño, has a date written in it that states it is from the year 1626. The roof is almost completely covered by a Mudejar kind of decoration with floral and fruit motives and coated with gold leaf. After this we drive to our second stop.*Raqchi, by the right shore of the Vilcanota River and at an altitude of 3.500 above the sea level. Apparently, its pre-Hispanic name was "Cacha" instead of "Raqchi". There is evidence that points towards the fact that *Raqchi was a town with many constructions and farming terraces that had different purposes. Raqchi probably was an important "tambo" (Inca shelter), in the route towards "Collasuyo". The most important building inside this architectonic complex is the "Temple of Wiraqocha" that, according to ancient chroniclers, was built by the Inca Wiraqocha as a tribute to the Supreme God: "Apu Kon TiKi Wiraqocha". After this visit we drive until Sicuani which is the lunch stop, here we will enjoy a delicious Buffet lunch.*La Raya, marks the border between the regions of Cusco and Puno and it is a typical natural area of the zone known as "Puna" whose surrounding flora is mainly formed by "ichu" and its fauna by "alpacas", "llamas" and vicunas. La Raya is the highest point in the route from Puno to Cusco, being located at 4.338 meters above the sea level..*Pukara, the village of Pukará is located in the Department of Puno and has an area of approximately 6 square kilometers. It was the first urban setting in the "Altiplano Lacustre" and its influence reached the Cusco Valley (Valle de Cusco) in the north and Tiahuanaco in the south. Evidence of the Pukara culture was found in the Pacific coast in the valleys of Moquegua and Azapa (Arica- Chile), and there is also proof of its presence in the region of Iquique and up to the mouth of the Loa River. Nowadays, the museum of the town of Pukará holds inside a great collection of monoliths, pottery and other items left behind by this great pre-Inca culture and that is displayed in 5 exposition rooms. *Finally arriving in Puno around 17:00pm. On your Arrival to either Cusco or Puno City, our representative will be waiting for you and transferred to your hotel.

$100 Tours & Sightseeing

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

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Gigante de Tarapaca, Colchane, Tarapaca RegionJust a short visit along the way to the largest Human-shaped geoglyph in the Atacama Desert.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: ColchaneWe'll visit the town of Cariquima and the town of Huaytane, both Aymara (local ethnic group) settlements.Duration: 3 hours

$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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