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Copiapó

Bahía Inglesa

Surrounded by the desert, these white sand beaches with turquoise waters look like something out of a movie. ...

Pan de Azúcar National Park

Here you can enjoy beaches, fishing and snorkeling, watch foxes and vicuñas, or sail to offshore islands. ...

Humboldt Penguin National Reserve and Isla Damas

Swim off beautiful beaches, visit penguin colonies and follow dolphins. ...

Ojos del Salado Volcano

If mountaineering is what you like, come climb the world’s highest active volcano. ...

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Where the Desert Blooms

Copiapó is a peaceful city with silver mining roots, and many of its historic buildings were constructed during the golden age of this industry. The old deposits at Chañarcillo and Atacama's Mineralogical and Regional Museums offer a glimpse into this period.

The city is located near several natural attractions. For instance, you can enjoy the beautiful, postcard-worthy beaches of Bahía Inglesa and, to the north past Chañaral, Pan de Azúcar National Park, which manages to survive thanks to the camanchaca (an ocean mist). The latter is home to wildlife that doesn't shy away from posing for your cameras.

Other must-see natural wonders include Nevado Tres Cruces National Park and the Verde, Santa Rosa and Negro Francisco Lagoons.

If you enjoy mountain climbing and have some training, Ojos del Salado Volcano offers a terrific challenge.

When the "El Niño" phenomenon causes it to rain in the middle of the desert in springtime, a field of wildflowers appears in the area north of Copiapó. The "Flowering Desert" features some very unusual species and attracts plenty of visitors, including photographers.

The fertile valleys towards the Andes have proven ideal for vineyards, leading to excellent export-quality wine production.

Copiapó is a great jumping off point for those interested in visiting the nearby attractions.

 

Featured Destinations

aBahía Inglesa bPan de Azúcar National Park
cHumboldt Penguin National
          Reserve
dOjos del Salado


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Getting There

en avion
By Plane
From Santiago, there are 90-minute flights to the Atacama Desert Airport, which is located 50 km from Copiapó and connects to other points in the region.
bus
By Bus
From Santiago (12 h) and other cities in the northern region.
Buses depart from:
- Terminal Los Héroes: Located on Tucapel Jiménez and Alameda near the Los Héroes Metro Station. A number of bus lines offer service to the northern part of the country. Telephone: (562) 420-0099
- Terminal San Borja (formerly Terminal Norte): Located at San Borja and Alameda near the Estación Central train station. Bus companies offer service to northern Chile and within the Metropolitan Region. Telephone: (562) 776-0645
en auto
By Car
From Santiago, take Route 5 north (804 km). You'll need to take the same road to get to Caldera and Bahía Inglesa. In this area, the highway turns off to the northeast and you'll come across an exit heading west to this resort town.

Activities that we recommend


 

Tips

01

Tours with Conaf Mountain Sports Summer in Bahía Inglesa
The enormous Pan de Azúcar National Park is managed by members of the Conaf, the National Forestry Corporation. To help you get the most out of your visit, the Website www.conaf.cl offers highly detailed information about the park and the precautions visitors are required to take, mainly because the animals are not afraid of approaching humans. Ojos del Salado Volcano is located 280 km northeast of Copiapó via the Paso San Francisco international route. If you're visiting in summer, make advance reservations to stay in this lovely resort town, and don't forget to bring your camera.

02

Chilean Miners
Just 45 km from Copiapó, you'll find the San José Mine where 33 Chilean miners were trapped 700 meters under the ground after a collapse. The accident occurred on August 5, 2010, and contact was made with the miners after 17 days. All of the miners were able to get out on October 12 and 13 thanks to a complex rescue effort.

 

 

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