Antofagasta is a port city in the north of Chile with about 300,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of both the Antofagasta Province and Region and is great stopover for travellers between Santiago and places further north and into Peru and Bolivia. The city deserves a day or so, but hasn't got that much to offer to spend more time.
Antofagasta Airport only has domestic services including regular connections to the capital Santiago de Chile.
Antofagasta has regular connections to all major cities in the northern half of Chile, and some international destinations, including Lima in Peru. The main cities served by regular buses are Calama, La Serena, San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago, Arica, Copiapo and Iquique.
See also International Telephone Calls
Correos de Chile is the national postal service, and although relatively slow it is reliable with post offices throughout the country. On the website you can find more information about prices to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. Post offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday until 2:00pm, although there are sometimes longer opening hours in the bigger central post offices and shorter ones in small places. Ask around.
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