Llullaillaco National Park
A key target is the Portada Natural Monument, located on the coast, a natural arch of rock on the surface of the water. It has a height of 43 meters, rises above the Pacific Ocean. Natural Park la Chimba has enough tourist attraction, above all by its a variety of species of animals and plants, due to their different microclimates within a small territory. In the event that you rented a car in Antofagasta, it is easy to arrive at the hand of the desert, of the Chilean artist Mario Irarrazabal sculpture. The Llullaillaco National Park is so difficult to pronounce how difficult to explore for its height and terrain. It is part of the Cordillera de los Andes and begins at a height of 3,000 meters to surpass 6,700 meters. Main destination for an excursion is usually the Llullaillaco volcano, 6739 meters height. Within the tour you can see the exceptional wildlife in the nature reserve even though it is very scarce, being a desert area.
We recommend a tour guided by professionals at the Park and if you decide to visit him on their own account, not you can refrain from a rental car because it is 270 km from Antofagasta. An excursion slightly lighter would be go to Morro Moreno National Park, which is one of the oasis of fog in the country and that there are only six in total. Its height of 1,100 meters It is almost always covered with clouds. The region can also offer beaches, some of them artificial. It is best to arrive by truck since many are outside the city: are the Municipal Spa to the South, Playa Paraiso, yellow beach and the Trocadero, among several others. During the summer, exposed to radiation from the Sun from morning until night, many places offer nightly baths.
A spectacular event is the massive bath at the Trocadero, which reaches up to five thousand people participate. To stay, the visitor has to choose between more than 60 options, among which are found from hotels to cabins, residential apartments and youth hostels. The most prestigious hotels are the Radisson, the Antofagasta Hotel, Holiday Inn Express or the desert Hotel of five stars. In the city there are also museums, theatres and other cultural institutions. In the Municipal Theatre of Antofagasta, you can attend one of the concerts of the Symphony Orchestra of Antofagasta. The Museo Regional de Antofagasta exposes above all historical samples and archaeological objects. There are several monuments, such as the ruins of the Huanchaca metals smelter or the Salt Spring, which also serves as a gastronomic Centre. Tourists should not miss Jose Fracisco Vergara or clock tower plaza in Plaza Colon. In summary, you can see that the city of Antofagasta if you have a true tourist attraction, although tourism is underdeveloped. We recommend that you rent a car in Antofagasta to reach points of tourist interest outside the urban area with greater comfort. There are several options of car rental in Antofagasta, among which rent the car at the airport is the most comfortable but also more expensive.