Located on the northern coast of Chile, Antofagasta is the home of the clearest skies in the world, thus the home of world-class observatories with some of the most powerful telescopes on the planet. Antofagasta famous for its beach resort and old mines. Book your travel package to Antofagasta with Direct Flights today.
Antofagasta, the home of the clearest skies in the world, is also the home of world-class observatories with some of the most powerful telescopes on the planet. With no more than 20 cloudy days per year, 20 km of beachfront and a mild, dry climate, the city has developed into a year-round beach resort. The city is on the northern coast of Chile, and a windsurfers' paradise awaits at the nearby village of Juan Lopez. Ocean wave action created the Portada, a dramatic natural arch that has become a symbol of the city.
Chile's second-largest city, Antofagasta's name comes from a Quechua or Aymara Indian word for "town of the great saltpetre bed." Nitrate mining once formed an important part of Antofagasta's economy, but the city features much more than old mines. The profitable nitrate mines brought many foreign settlers to Antofagasta, and even today Antofagasta retains a remarkably European feel. Its old-style Plaza Colon in the Centro Urbano (city centre) features a small replica of Big Ben, and Victorian and Georgian buildings in the coastal Barrio Histórico are visible reminders of Antofagasta's past. This is a great place for a beach holiday, and Direct Flights can arrange Antofagasta travel packages that include car hire as well as cheap airline tickets and discount accommodation in Antofagasta.
Antofagasta's port handles most of the minerals exported from the Atacama and still serves as sea access for land-locked Bolivia, which lost the region to Chile during the War of the Pacific in the 1880s. Antofagasta also provides access to regional attractions such as the fantastic Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), one of the most arid places on the planet with lunar-like landscapes. It is also a gateway to the El Tatio Geysers - surrounded by towering mountains, they are the highest geysers in the world.
Flights to Antofagasta arrive from Santiago up to a dozen times a day, and flights to Antofagasta from Iquique, Calama, Copiapó, Arica and La Serena are also available, so arrival is easy. Direct Flights books great travel deals to holiday destinations all around the world, including discount travel to Antofagasta. Want cheap flights or hotel accommodation in Antofagasta? Direct Flights can find discount travel packages at a price for any budget. Direct Flights can set up cheap holidays in Antofagasta, all from the convenience of your computer.
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Visitors who want to learn more about Antofagasta can visit the Museo Regional de Antofagasta; it features interesting exhibits on the history of the city, regional cultures as well as the mining industry, together with a collection of colourful rock and mineral samples from the Atacama region. You too can learn about Antofagasta, bask on its warm beaches and enjoy its delightful weather.