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Introduction

Iquique

Iquique

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Iquique is a port city along the northern Pacific coast of Chile and has about 225,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of both the Iquique Province and Tarapacá Region.

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Weather

Iquique, like the rest of the northern Chilean coastline, has a desert climate though with the rare conditions that there are hardly any extreme temperatures and almost no rainfall at all. Average highs fluctuate between 17 °C in July and August and 25 °C in February, with lows between 13 °C and 19 °C respectively. The record highs and lows are 31 °C and 3 °C, one of the smallest differences possible outside the typical tropical regions. Rainfall is practically nihil with 0.7 mm a year.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max24.9 °C25.2 °C24.1 °C22.3 °C20.3 °C19 °C18 °C18.1 °C18.8 °C20 °C21.7 °C23.6 °C
Avg Min17.6 °C17.6 °C16.8 °C15.1 °C14.1 °C13.5 °C13.1 °C13.3 °C13.8 °C14.5 °C15.3 °C16.5 °C
Rain Days00000.20.1000000.2

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Getting There

By Plane

Diego Aracena International Airport (IQQ) offers flights to/from Antofagasta, Santiago de Chile, Arica, Calama, Salta (seasonal), Arequipa, Copiapó, La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Lima.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Arenas Blancas HotelAv. Playa Brava 3212hotel-
Backpacker`s Hostel IquiqueAmunategui 2075Hostel86
La Casona 1920Barros Arana 1585Guesthouse79
Sunset BeachVivar 1770HOSTEL78
Eco Hostel IquiqueHernán Fuenzalida #1469HOSTEL-
Pälm HostalCapitán Roberto Pérez 285 Peninsula CavanchaHostel83

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are cybercafes in every major and midsize city and at all tourist destinations. Some libraries are in a program called Biblioredes, with free computers and Internet. Wifi is getting more and more common. They're usually in metro stations, airports, malls, cafes, public buildings and several public spaces. Check for the ones that say gratis - for free. McDonald's and Starbucks are chains which almost always have free wifi.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Chile is: 56. To make an international call from Chile, the code is: 00. Emergency phone numbers include 131 (Ambulance), 132 (Fire) and 133 (Police).

Public phones located on streets are very likely to be tampered or vandalized, so it's better to use a phone located inside a commerce or a station. Prepaid cards for mobile phones and public phones are sold at most newspaper kiosks, supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies and phone dealers. Mobile GSM networks are ubiquitous in all major cities and most of the territory of central and southern Chile. A basic prepaid cellular phone usually costs about 15,000 pesos, most frequently charged with 10,000 pesos worth of prepaid minutes. No ID is required to buy a prepaid phone. GSM SIM cards from ENTEL, Movistar or Claro are usually available for 5,000 pesos, but without credit, so you'll need to buy some prepaid minutes to be able to call. Money can be charged into a cellphone from some pharmacies (Ahumada, Cruz Verde and Salco Brand) on the counter and in cash, or by using a credit card through an automated service operator, with directions in Spanish or English.

Post

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. If you want to send packages internationally, you might consider companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, which are fast, reliable and usually competitively priced as well.

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