Its combination of history, natural beauty, and exciting activities make Iquique a unique place in Chile, not only during summer but also in winter.

During the winter, when the cold is felt in most parts of Chile, Iquique  presents itself as the ideal destination to escape the low temperatures and enjoy a warm and welcoming climate. Located in the Tarapacá region, this coastal city offers a perfect combination of history, natural beauty, and exciting activities that make it an attractive place for tourists not only from the country but from all over the world.

In addition to its rich history and beautiful landscapes, Iquique offers a wide range of sports activities. Thrill-seekers can enjoy sandboarding on the city's impressive dunes, gliding through the sand at high speeds. Those looking for even more excitement can try paragliding and soar over Iquique's cliffs and beaches, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views.

If you're looking for a place to get away from the cold, Iquique is the ideal choice for this time of year. Below, we detail the main tourist attractions you can explore in the capital of the Tarapacá Region.

Everything you can explore in Iquique during winter

La Tirana Carnival: The town of La Tirana celebrates its famous religious carnival every July 16th. Each year, thousands of people gather in this locality to participate in a colorful celebration that combines indigenous and Catholic traditions. The festive atmosphere, vibrant costumes, and energetic music make this event a unique cultural experience in Chile.

Visit the saltpeter towns: Iquique's history is closely linked to its saltpeter past. During the 19th century, the exploitation of saltpeter turned the city into an important economic center in the region. Today, the remnants of this era can be appreciated in the saltpeter towns of Humberstone and Santa Laura, declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These places offer visitors the opportunity to explore the old industrial facilities and understand the historical significance of the saltpeter industry in Chile.

The impressive Red Lagoon: One of the most breathtaking places is the Red Lagoon, accompanied by a yellow one and a green one. Don't miss this 12-hour excursion to the location, where you will also get to know the Camiña ravine.

Relax in the Mamiña Hot Springs: Located amidst the mountains, these thermal waters have healing properties and offer a tranquil and rejuvenating environment. Here, you can soak in warm waters and relax while enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding nature.

The oasis of Pica, a few kilometers from Iquique: It is another charming place worth visiting. With its lush palm trees and tropical fruit crops, this oasis offers a serene and refreshing ambiance. Strolling through its cobbled streets and trying local delights, such as "mote con huesillo," is a unique experience that will captivate your senses.

Huasco Salt Flat National Park: This park offers a dazzling landscape of salt flats and lagoons that harbor rich fauna and flora. Here, visitors can enjoy hikes and bird-watching in a protected natural environment.

The majestic Isluga Volcano: This imposing mountain, rising to an altitude of 5,550 meters above sea level, is one of the most interesting attractions in the region. With its presence, Isluga Volcano has become a natural attraction and a place of great importance for nature lovers and mountaineering enthusiasts alike.

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