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Spare day in Antofagasta

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Perth, Australia
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Spare day in Antofagasta

I have to go to Antofagasta in a few weeks for work and the flight schedules worked out so that I can't fly out until 6pm on my final day. So I basically have that entire day in Antofagasta to go do something. Are there any good day trips that I could do (that would have me back in time to catch my flight)? And can anybody recommend a tour company that would offer such a thing? Assume I will have seen most of the actual town itself by that point, so something slightly out of town would be good.

My google searching has been pretty unsuccessful as I can't seem to find anybody that actually runs day trips out of Antofagasta, but it's possible I'm missing out because my searches are in English...

Appreciate any suggestions.

Santiago, Chile
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1. Re: Spare day in Antofagasta

Antofagasta is a popular summer destination because of the great beaches and good fish and shellfish. There are a couple of things which you might be able to do at this time of year. You could arrange a tour to one of the old saltpeter towns, now abandoned, to the north or south of Antogagasta. Or, if you are going to be there on a weekend and have time, you could book a tour of the European Southern Observatory.

chilecontact.com/en/conozca/antofagasta.php

welcomechile.com/antofagasta/visit-salt-work…

eso.org/public/…paranal.html

If all else fails, have a really good seafood lunch and a nap! There is a large, modern casino outside Antofagasta with restaurants. La Barquera is quite good, or get a taxi to one of the nearby fishing villages. Ask locals for recommendations.

San Francisco...
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2. Re: Spare day in Antofagasta

What did you decide to do? We will be there for one day in Jan 2012 and are looking for suggestions. Thanks

Linda

3. Re: Spare day in Antofagasta

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