Arica “The City of Eternal Spring” is a zone where various Pre-Columbian towns that left their mark converged; besides, it is also rich in native flora and fauna. On the other hand, Iquique is widely known for the Zona Franca (Duty Free Zone), a 200 hectare business center where steady wholesale commercial and industrial activities are carried out.
The famous ZOFRI, (Zona Franca de Iquique in Spanish) is also a retail shopping center which offers amusing leisure activities.
Undoubtedly, the coastal zone which is the most beautiful and longest in the region allows visitors to swim and do nautical sports nearly the whole year. In the Pampa, and large geographic area in the inner parts of the region, some ghost towns which remind saltpeter exploitation abundance times may still be found. Geoglyphs, petroglyphs and cave paintings form important vestiges which give testimony of the Tiwanaku culture.
In the Andes and the Altiplano Aymara and Atacaman communities still reside performing ancestral customs devoted to quinoa cultivation and camelid breeding. High and snowed mountain peaks, Aymara ceremonial hills, long plains with native vegetable species, lagoons, rivers and wetlands with rich fauna, geysers and thermal baths stand out in Volcán Isluga National Park.
Routes in North Chile
Putre & Lauca national parkPutre means “murmur of the water” due to its abundance of water.
Between the mountains and the high plateau, Putre is situated at an altitude of 3.500 m and is the vantage point for excursion into the national park Lauca and the national reserve Vicuña, where you will find 80% of the Chilean fauna in an astonishing natural surrounding. The national park Lauca is a biosphere reserve of the UNESCO with more than 130 different species such as Vicuñas, Vizachas und Condors.