Antofogasta and its surrounding area have a lot to offer. If you’re coming for business, consider at least a day to explore the city and its surrounding area. Here are some suggestions.
Panamericana Hotel Antofogasta is located in the center of the city with a privileged view from the border of the coast towards the Pacific Ocean. Behind it is the city and its cultural and financial center. All of this is within the limits of a desert that is considered of one the most impressive in the world, and at the same time it is also the main area of mining in Chile.
In the city of Antofogasta there are some places that you should visit during your stay:
Huanchaca Ruins and the Museum of the Desert
An ancient British-Bolivian refinery plan for silver which operated during the 19th century. To the side of the ruins is the important Museum of the Desert. It has a permanent exhibition about the formation of the desert and plateau, the people who lived there, and also astronomy considering the area has the cleanest skies in the world.
Mural of the Former Gibbs House
A one thousand square meter mural that reflects the golden age of the city which is painted on the Former Gibbs House, a heritage site. The mural which captures the landscape and customs from the beginning of the 20th century is located next to our hotel.
Historical Neighborhood and FCAB Station
The historical center of the city is less than 500 meters to the north of the Panamericana Hotel Antofogasta. It is home to important buildings such as the Governor’s Palace, Customs which is now the Museum of Antofogasta, the train station with its platform, and other important structures. All of these buildings gave rise to the historical neighborhood, which connects the city and the coast.
La Portada, the Tropic of Capricorn, and the Hand of the Desert
Among the not-miss tourist sights of Antofogasta is La Portada, a natural rock formation in the shape of an arch and the monument showing the location of the Tropic of Capricorn. Both are a few kilometers to the north, between the city and the Cerro Moreno airport. There’s also the Hand of the Desert, which is a sculpture that simulates a hand emerging from the depths of the earth. It is located 70 kilometers to the south of the city.
In the foothills, tourist activities are based on two things: the landscape of the plateau and archeology. These two components combined with the marvelous architecture of the local villages interact to give the zone immense touristic potential.