Coquimbo is a port city with coasts on the Pacific Ocean, located 462 km to the north of Santiago. The main economic activities are mining (because of its large deposits of magnesium, gold, silver, copper and iron) fisheries and agriculture. It has one of the largest copper mines in the world known as "Los Pelambres" with an estimated reserve about 2.100 million of tones.
Its coastal temperate climate, with low rainfalls and 56 km of beautiful beaches, capture the attention of thousands of tourists that choose Coquimbo for holidays every year. It also has a very good infrastructure for housing, gastronomic and entertainment services. You can enjoy sports as diving, surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, fishing, swimming and water polo. The varied and delicious seafood is another attraction of this coastal city. Some of the most popular beaches are: Peñuelas, La Herradura, Totoralillo, Morillo, among others.
The city of Coquimbo has a special history associated with the navigation of pirates by its waters. These legends attract the attention of many people, when referring to buried treasures in its bays. One of the most famous legends refers to a great treasure hidden in La Herradura by the English privateer Francis Drake. The city preserve an ancient architectural style, expressed in the restored buildings of the English neighborhood. Guayacan Church is an important icon of the heritage of Coquimbo, declared a National Monument in 1977.
Weapons Square: It contemplates elements of landscaping and street furniture, it has 2 water mirrors and a circular fountain. You can also appreciate various artisan fairs.
The Animas Culture Site Museum: museum that exhibits traces of Animas Culture between the 900 and 1.200 AD.
Junction Station: Replica of the old railway station, rescues the architecture and its details. The recovery of this place has allowed the development of various events.
English Neighborhood: it is a single slace where you can stroll through the past histories with the comforts of the twenty-first century.
The Art House: Icon of the port architecture of Coquimbo (1880-1889) in the Spanish neighborhood, known as the Torreón House.
The “Mural”: With 40 meters long, and colored exposition, The Mural delights everybody at the English Neighborhood. This artistic expression was done by the painter Luis Lopez and shows the genesis of Coquimbo, since the arrival of its first inhabitants to the actual Pampilla. Passing through the pirates legends and the legendary Guayacan treasure.
Other tourist attractions:
· The Port
· Coast Avenue
· San Pedro’s Church
· III Millennium Cross
· Coquimbo’s Font
· Punta Tortuga Lighthouse
· Artisan Fishing Port
· Enjoy Coquimbo
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