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El Norte Grande de Chile

Resources for El Norte Grande of Chile, which encompasses Regions 1 (Tarapacá) and 2 (Antofagasta), include travel, accommodations, sightseeing, geography, history, pictures, maps and information for the principal cities ofArica and Antofagasta, also Calama, San Pedro de Atacama, El Tatío Geyser, Chuquicamata Copper Mine, the old nitrate mines and the archaeological remains of Andean Cultures.

Discover Los Flamencos National Reserve
Located in Northern Chile, this area has an impressive number of flora and fauna.

Salt Flat Wetlands
The Salar de Huasco is an Andean Wetlands sustaining various forms of wildlife at a salt lake in the altiplano Atacama desert in northern Chile.

Popular Tours in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Popular Tours in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile includes trips to the Isluga National Park Moon Valley near San Pedro de Atacama, Atacama Salt Lake and Toconao, Tulor and Quitor, Oasis de Pica, El Tatio Geysers and Puritama Hot Springs, Iquique, nitrate mines, Lauca National Park and Chungara Lake, Huasco and Arica.

Arica, Chile
Arica is Chile's northernmost city, a duty-free oasis and the gateway to archaeological and natural wonders in Lauca National Park, the geoglyphs at Putre, and the high altitude lake Chungara.

El Norte Grande - Sea, Sand and Andes
El Norte Grande is Chile's northernmost territory and includes Regions I and II. Region I includes the provinces of Arica, Parinacota and Iquique, is a natural wonderland of the Atacama desert, Andes mountains and volcanoes, high plains called altiplanos, oases, thermal hot springs and the salars or salt flats that attract visitors from all over the world.

El Viaje Al Salar De Huasco - High Andean Wetlands in the Atacama Desert
Guest author Clarence Fisk recounts his trip to the Atacama Desert where high Andean Wetlands sustain various forms of wildlife at a salt lake called El Salar de Huasco.

San Pedro de Atacama
Illustrated resource page for things to do and see, places to stay and eat, plus tours, geography, descriptions, history and photos.

San Pedro de Atacama
This oasis in the middle of the Atacama desert has supported life since 11,000 BC and is now a prime destination for travelers interested in natural wonders and archaeological ruins.

The Geoglyphic Art of Chile’s Atacama Desert
"More than 5,000 geoglyphs—prehistoric works of art placed on or worked into the landscape—have been recorded in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile over the past thirty years."

Viaje al Altiplano Chileno, Part 1
First of a two part trip to Northern Chile's altiplano, seeing parque Nacional del Rio Lauca, los Bofedales de Parinacota and Lago Chungara from Arica.

Viaje al Altiplano Chileno, Part 2
This part details the trip from Antogagasta to Chuquicamata with a trip to San Pedro de Atacama.

Viaje Por El Desierto De Huara, Tarapacá y Pisagua
An account, in Spanish by Clarence Fisk, of a trip into the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile includes the religious festival of La Tirana, a peak at old nitrate mines, and the tamarugo forest.

Iquique, Chile
The capital of Chile’s northernmost region, Region I, the city of Iquique is one of the country’s most visited cities. The attractions are a mild climate, commerce, the Atacama desert, natural and archaeological treasures, access to Peru and Bolivia and a great many recreational and sporting activities.

Things to Do and See in Iquique, Chile
The capital of Chile’s northernmost region, Region I, Iquique is one of the country’s most visited cities. The attractions are a mild climate, commerce, the Atacama desert, natural and archaeological treasures, access to Peru and Bolivia and a great many recreational and sporting activities.

Places to Stay in Iquique, Chile
Iquique is the capital of Tarapaca province in Chile's Region I, the northernmost area of Chile. As a duty free zone, the city has a busy port, a vital tourism industry and recreational center. The hotels are a good base for visits to the desert, the archaeological regions, the national parks, and of course, the beaches. With a mild all year-round climate, Iquique is one of the most visited cities in Chile.

Cronicas de un Chileno en España
Clarence Fisk used to live in Chuquicamata and has traveled extensively through South America. Here are some of his travel journals, written in Spanish.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile - Trek and Drive Tour
San Pedro de Atacama in the heart of the Atacama desert, one of the driest on earth, is the base for trekking and driving excursions to desert-scapes, archaeological ruins, sand dunes, geysers, hot springs, salt lakes and mountains.

Fotos del Altiplano Chileno
Photos of the Chilean altiplano taken by Clarence Fisk on his viajes.

What to do and See in Arica, Chile
Rich in history, Arica is Chile's northernmost city, a duty-free oasis and the gateway to archaeological and natural wonders in Lauca National Park, the geoglyphs at Putre, and the high altitude lake Chungara. Arica's beaches are somewhat warmer than other beaches and attract surfers and swimmers.

Aerial View of Arica
Arica is 12 miles (20 Km) from the Peruvian border, a duty free city and a trade city for centuries.

Arica Hotels
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What to do and see in Antofagasta, Chile
Antofagasta lies at the foot of the steep coastal range, south of Iquique in Region 1 and 1350 kilometers north of Santiago. It grew from a prospectors base camp into the city it is today due to the minerals, nitrate and copper, that brought international interest to the area. Antofagasta is easily reached by air from Santiago and other cities. The city isn't a long-distance bus destination, but…

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