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  • Katrien S
    Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
    The village and factory were build to subtract and treat salpeter, and is thus located near the place where the stone containing saltpeter was found, in the middle of the desert. Once the natural saltpeter industry collapsed, due to synthetic fertilisers, the town was deserted, as its only reason for existence stopped. Since then the town has slowly decayed, although more recently the decay has been stopped, and some parts are partially renovated. It is thus a mining town preserved, although the housing for the miners themselves have collapsed and disappeared. But the other housing, the hotel, theatre, grocery store where they had to pay with fichas, as they weren't paid in money, but fiches that could only be spent in the town stores owned by the mine company. Also the factory buildings largely remain. Very well worth a few hours strolling through, in the part near the entrance typical objects used in the town are on display, and there is a decent amount of information also in English.
    Written February 27, 2020
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  • Katrien S
    Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
    This is the street were during the saltpeter boom, the rich build their houses. All of wood, with porches and balconies, in a style that reminds one a bit of Charleston. In the middle of the street there are palm trees, and there are plenty of benches. Most of the houses are in decent condition, some are very nicely renovated. Sadly, due to the protests, some have tags and are partially boarded up. But still a lovely and very safe street to slowly walk through and enjoy the architecture. There are quite a few hostals, and pubs, as well as a few restaurants with terraces outside.
    Written February 27, 2020
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  • Katrien S
    Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
    This is the main square of Iquique, certainly from the perspective of a tourist. The three most interesting buildings are the theatre, the Spanish casino (which never was a casino) and the clocktower. The square itself is quite green and has some running water as well. The Spanish casino was a Spanish men's club, but is now a Spanish restaurant. The square itself has many salespeople as well as benches in the shade, and is always lively.
    Written February 27, 2020
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  • 33traveller2015
    West Orange, NJ33 contributions
    Huge indoor \outdoor market. Fresh produce,meats , fresh fish of all kinds. Stalls selling clothes,handicrafts and all sorts of stuff. Also authentic street foods. If you have some free time don't miss it.
    Written December 18, 2018
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  • Katrien S
    Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
    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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  • Emilio Cofré
    7 contributions
    The place is amazing but the number of tourist in summer increase a lot, but if you are a good traveler the morning is the best moment to swim in the sea.
    The evening is for the shopping in the Zona Franca.
    The night in cavancha have shows, street food, kids games and a lot of people. But if you walk around the beach is the perfect moment at every hour.
    Written November 26, 2018
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  • ecuadorjocelyn
    Vina del Mar, Chile21 contributions
    I was in Iquique for about six months. This is really the only mall in town. The only other one is the Zofre. This mall is nice but small. It has a limited selection of stores and merchandise. I would have expected a larger, more comprehensive mall in a town the size of Iquique..
    Written May 26, 2018
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  • TDeeF
    Santiago, Chile41 contributions
    We had a great time on the paseo. The colors and old (mostly wooden) buildings were nice to see. The kids loved the tram.
    Written November 3, 2018
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  • Gerhard
    Concepcion, Chile109 contributions
    Take the chance and follow Baquedano street from Cavanchaca beach, passing by antique colonial style houses from the epoch of Chile nitre, coffee shops and tourist agencies, getting to the picturesque Plaza Arturo Pratt.
    Written January 31, 2019
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  • Trek827744
    Silver City, NM57 contributions
    Interesting house from another era. Somewhat on the sparse side in decor and limited to first floor. The stained glass ceiling must have been spectacular but is being restored so only photos to go on.
    Written November 24, 2018
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  • reprof
    Atlanta, GA178 contributions
    If you're on the square, take the time to take a look at this municipal theater from Iquique's nitrate boom time. As others note, it's free. Imagine the finely dressed crowds. I understand it;s no longer used for performances, which seems a shame. But for me the real star was underneath the stage with its gorgeous wooden mechanisms for magically lifting actors letting them magically appear on stage. Don't miss down under.
    Written April 17, 2017
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  • Jnanayog
    St. John's, Canada4,119 contributions
    Connect a visit to the National Museum with the role of the miners and the relevance of their contributions to the beginnings of Iquequi. .. indeed the NW of Chile
    Written February 28, 2017
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