17 days in Tarapaca Region Itinerary

17 days in Tarapaca Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tarapaca Region holiday maker

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Make it your trip
Fly to Chacalluta Airport, Drive to Colchane
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Colchane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mamina
— 3 nights
Drive
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Iquique
— 8 nights
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Colchane

— 3 nights
Colchane is a Chilean village and commune in Tamarugal Province, Tarapacá Region.The commune is located in the Andean altiplano, bordering Bolivia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Volcan Isluga. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Gigante de Tarapaca and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geisers of Puchuldiza.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colchane day trip planning site.

Seattle, USA to Colchane is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Mamina.

Things to do in Colchane

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Mamina

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco and Balneario Cocha Resbaladero. Visiting Complejo Termal Pica and Salar de Coposa will get you outdoors. Step out of Mamina with an excursion to Valle de Los Dinosaurios in Pica--about 1h 5 min away.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mamina tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colchane to Mamina takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Iquique.

Things to do in Mamina

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Iquique

— 8 nights
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paseo Peatonal Baquedano and Museo De La Vivencia Religiosa Del Norte Grande. Get in touch with nature at Playa Cavancha and Parapente Iquique. Step out of Iquique to go to Pozo Almonte and see Santuario de Nuestra Senora Del Carmen de la Tirana, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chanavayita, examine the collection at Salitrera Santa Laura, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Zofri, and stroll through Playa El Morro.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Iquique online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mamina to Iquique takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Tarapaca Region travel guide

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Beaches · Ghost Towns · Landmarks
The I Tarapacá Region is one of Chile's 15 first-order administrative divisions. It borders the Chilean Arica and Parinacota Region to the north, Bolivia's Oruro Department on the east, the Antofagasta Region on the south and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The port city of Iquique (2002 pop. 216,419) is the region's capital.Much of the region was once the Tarapacá Province of Peru, which was annexed by Chile under the 1883 Treaty of Ancón at the close of the War of the Pacific. The region was important economically as a site of intense saltpeter mining, before synthetic nitrate manufacturing became possible. A number of abandoned mining towns can still be found in the region.The present day Tarapacá Region was created in 2007 by subdividing the former Tarapacá Region under Law No. 20,175, which was signed by President Michelle Bachelet in Arica.AdministrationThe government of the region resides in the intendant, who is assigned by the president. Each of the region's two provinces are further subdivided into communes.

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