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Tour to the Great Pica Oasis and the Nitrate Ghost towns

11 hours / Full Day
Tour to the Great Pica Oasis and the Nitrate Ghost towns
Tour Gran Oasis de Pica & Pueblos Salitreros

Come and discover the nitrate past in the North of Chile, visiting the ghost towns of Humberstone and Santa Laura, which are peoples of the American West due to their North American and British influence, in the middle of the driest desert on the planet. Then you will enter the Oasis of Pica, located in the middle of a sea of sand, with hot springs, tropical fruits such as oranges, mangoes, guavas, grapefruits and the famous pica lemon, as well as typical sweets such as the famous Pica alfajor. And for children the Jurassic Park of Dinosaurs, located between the route from the Oasis of Pica to the Oasis of Matilla.

General Information

RATE:
Adult: USD65 p/person / Children: USD52 p/person / Infants under 4 years: USD32. With special infant chair included
LENGHT:
11 hours / Full Day
MINIMUN OF PEOPLE:
4 / You can book 1 person, but the tour operates with a minimum of 4 people, we manage to confirm the Tour.
MAXIMUM OF PEOPLE:
Unlimited
DAYS TOUR:
Every days
MEETING POINT:
Pick up from Hotel
INCLUDE:
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant (Choice of menu: Poultry, meat loaf or vegetarian, accompanied by rice, northern potatoes, salads and dessert)
  • Passenger seat insurance.
  • English spoken tour guide.
  • Emergency mask + alcohol gel as Covid-19 prevention.
  • Sanitized vehicle as Covid-19 prevention.
NOT INCLUDE:
Tips, any private expense.
OBSERVATION:
VERY IMPORTANT: If you need a guide in English for the shared tour, the rate would be USD72 additional per person. Which you can pay at the beginning of the Tour or you can request it in advance in your reservation and we will send you a payment link through Paypal.
ADVERTENCES:
Bring sunscreen and wear light clothing, comfortable shoes and a hat or jockey. Swimsuit in case you wish to bathe in the semi thermal pool of Pica (Optional). NOTE: The semi-thermal pool of Pica "Cocha Resbaladero" is temporarily closed as a Covid-19 prevention protocol, until further notice.

Itinerary

Tour leaves at 8:30 am crossing the Coastal Range to visit the former nitrate Ghost Towns of Santa Laura and Humberstone (Declared World Heritage, by UNESCO), where saltpeter was exported to Europe and US. Here visit the typical buildings as the Theatre, Market, General Store, Hospital, School, Tennis court, and more. Then cross Pozo Almonte town to arrive at the Sanctuary of La Tirana (Place of the most important religious party of Chile).

Arrival at the Pica Oasis to have lunch in a typical restaurant and visit the Church of San Andrés (16th century), the Jurassic Park with its replicas of dinosaurs, typical craft stalls and enjoy natural mango or guava juices, plus typical sweets of the zone. Visit to the Oasis of Matilla, to know the Spanish Wine Press (18th century), the Church of San Antonio with its Bell Tower.

Arrival in Iquique at 8:00 p.m.

KM OF WALK:
2 km
MAXIMUM HEIGHT:
4,265.09 ft. above sea level
RECOMENDATIONS:
Wear comfortable clothes, sports shoes + hat or jockey. Bring a bathing suit, towel and sunscreen for Thermal bath in Pica (Optional on behalf of the Passenger).

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