1- A fool country numerous temptations
Atacama and Antofagasta with the closest communes
Chile is divided into 16 regions that are subdivided, for the purposes of government and administration, into provinces and these, in turn, into communes. The northernmost is the region of Arica and Parinacota -with the border in Peru and at the height of Bolivia-, and the southernmost is that of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic. The regions that are located at the height of the Argentine north -Atacama and Antofagasta- are the most popular with Argentine tourists who, after the covid-19 pandemic, were able to return to enjoy the full summer sun in these lands. In the north of Chile there are white sand beaches and many outstanding kid ones praised by their visitors, as promoted by the Tourism offices.
2- El Laucho Beach
Arica and Parinacota Region
At the beginning of beautiful Chile is El Laucho beach, recognized as one of the most beautiful in the country. On the coast of Arica you can visit this place whose colors contrast perfectly between the turquoise blue of the water and the earth tones that surround it. Here you can enjoy browsing with friends, walking along the waterfront and experiencing a unique beach environment in northern Chile. It is suitable for the bathroom! In addition, you can visit the Morro de Arica that is close to the beach and will give you a unique view of the city. How to get there: To get from Santiago de Chile, we recommend you take a flight that takes you to Chacalluta airport and then take a bus to the city.
3- Cavancha Beach
In In the Tarapacá Region, all eyes are on Cavancha beach, one of the busiest in Iquique. Being suitable for bathing all year round, it constantly receives tourists, who marvel at being able to touch the sea even in winter. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Chile because its waterfront is surrounded by palm trees that give it that Caribbean air that many love. In addition, it has waves that allow you to practice surfing, a perfect sport for summer.
How to get there: Playa Cavancha is in the heart of Iquique, a few steps from the historic center of the city. If you travel from Santiago or another city, you have the option of traveling by bus, car or plane.
4- Bahía Inglesa
Bahía Inglesa is considered the paradise of northern Chile as it has one of the most beautiful landscapes that you can find on the coast of that country. Its temperate climate allows visitors to visit it throughout the year, both day and night, which is why it has a wide range of hotels for tourists. Here you can enjoy the gastronomy of the coast in the restaurants in the area, but also dishes such as roast alpaca cooked in firewood or chuño, which is a soup made from potatoes, alpaca meat, onion, wheat and other vegetables.
How to get there: Bahía Inglesa is located 882 kilometers north of Santiago and 70 kilometers north-east of Copiapó. You can get public transportation by land or take a plane from Santiago to Copiapó and then move by car to the beach.
5- Playa la virgen
Turquoise waters and fine sand is what you will find on La Virgen beach, located 70 kilometers from Copiapó. It is a paradise in the middle of the Atacama, where in addition to sunbathing as if you were in the Caribbean, you can practice diving and fishing; also enjoy the sunsets and the starry sky at night, perfect to connect with the magic of nature.
How to get there: This place has outdoor camping and cabins available. If you are traveling from Santiago or another city with an airport, you can take a flight that will take you to El Loa airport in Copiapó and then drive to the beach. Also access by public transport and then go to the beach by car. There are authorized trips that take you to this place.
A popular seaside resort
Antofagasta is the largest port city in the northern zone, along with Iquique, and perhaps the most popular seaside resort among Argentines. Between these two cities, there are some little known spas with slightly warmer waters such as Mejillones, Hornitos and Tocopilla -average 20°C in summer-. Although these last three cities do not have large infrastructures to receive tourists, accommodation and gastronomy options abound, to different extents.
Extensive beaches and a historic center with characteristics of the 19th and 20th century that invites you to travel to the past with the landmarks that stand out in the city of Iquique. The kid beaches are suitable for water sports -such as browsing- where Cavancha beach stands out with its wave named “el colegio”, whose fame has achieved worldwide success due to the great drag of water and the perfect formation of tubes that allow surfers to challenge it.
In addition to enjoying its natural environment, in Iquique you can take trips to the Astoreca Palace, whose architecture is inspired by the Georgian style; to the Municipal Theater of Iquique; to the Cathedral of Iquique and Plaza Prat. There are also outstanding museums such as the Corbeta Esmeralda Museum, the Municipal Museum of Iquique and the Museum of the Sea, to name a few.
Another attraction continues to be the Mall Zofri (Iquique Free Trade Zone), a must stop for those looking for duty-free products that are marketed in a place that receives thousands of visitors each year.
Requirements to enter with vehicle
– You can enter with a vehicle with a foreign license plate for a maximum of 90 days, but the The term is longer (180 days) if they come from Argentina or Bolivia. In any of these scenarios, once at customs control, the traveler will be asked to complete the ” Single Vehicle Entry and Exit Form “.
– Any vehicle with foreign registration that enters the country is obliged to present personal accident insurance at customs control, which can be previously contracted with one of the Chilean insurance companies in this link
– It is important to mention that it is Customs who is in charge of reviewing the documentation requested for entry to Chile here
Situation on covid-19
– According to the official information released, there are currently no travel restrictions to enter Chile, and only random tests are carried out to Chilean personalities who return from abroad and the service no longer works International Health Passport (form C19), for no traveler.
– In the case of non-resident foreign tourists: they may enter with a vaccination certificate delivered by the country where they were vaccinated plus their identity document; Unvaccinated personalities must present a negative PCR within a maximum of 48 hours from departure to Chile and it is not mandatory to have Health Insurance, although they recommend traveling with one that has coverage for SARS CoV 2 (Covid-19).
– For more information, visit
this site, where you can also find the entry requirements regarding Covid-19 updated at the time of the consultation.
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