Boya Esmeralda de Iquique
Boya Esmeralda de Iquique
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,949 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There are plenty of boats leaving regularly, at least during the summer time holidays. So we left within a few minutes of getting on board. The cruise goes around the harbour, which is not that special, but for the many sunbathing sea lions on the top of several buoys. We were at the right time of the year to also see the medusa, a very large squid (non dangerous they assured us). Near the harbour there are also many pelicans, and from the boat you have a good view over the town. One stop, mostly for Chileans, is the buoy indicating the location were the Esmeralda sunk, taking with it Arturo Prat, one of the great military heroes of Chile. One can visit a replica of the Esmeralda (a museum) near the harbour or caleta.
Written February 27, 2020
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Carolina S
Las Condes, Chile54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We took the Milenko 1 boat at the caleta, we had to wait about 15 minutes till the tour started. The captain explains everything you are watching, and after 30 minutes, you arrive to the place where the “combate naval de Iquique” took place. The captain tells you the whole story about this Chilean heroes and when you arrive to the Boya, the place where the Esmeralda sunk, the chicken enthem starts and it’s really overwhelming. You take a trip to the past. A really nice and educating trip, you will enjoy it.
Written October 22, 2018
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ChrisJS51
Sevenoaks, UK483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
We were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins showing off for us - the guide said he had never seen them before off Iquique. Many pelicans, sea lions and cormorants, but the penguins are more elusive. Good view of the town, and of the desert up on the mountains behind.
Written April 20, 2017
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Vikki K
Iquique, Chile105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
There is a bit of confusion in buying tickets - you need to be prepared to wait if there aren't enough people to make the trip. Also, you need to understand Spanish as we did not find any offer of English translation. The boat trip had lovely scenery, and the big ships in port, and the sea lions were just as interesting to the kids as the buoy. Was also a nice idea to have a (cheap) photo waiting for us when we returned to the pier.
Written September 6, 2017
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Tamara S
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
They take you out to the place the Esmeralda sank. If you're lucky you can see sealions and seals at the port. Nice boat ride that takes about half an hour.
Written February 19, 2017
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Passenger33628402324
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Be careful when the sea is rough. the boat moves a lot. The barge staff were very explicit in telling some of the history.
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Written October 2, 2023
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