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Iquique - Isluga National Park - Chile Travel Information

Photos from Iquique

איקיקה (2002) Iquique הר פינטאדוס (2002) Cerro Pintados יד המדבר (2002) Mano del Desierto ניינדו (2002) Lesser Rhea - ?andu פארק לאומי הר-הגעש איסלוגה (2002)Isluga Volcano National Park כנסייה בכפר איסלוגה (2002)Church in the village of Isluga כנסייה בעיר איקיקה (2002) פארק לאומי הר-הגעש איסלוגה (2002) Isluga Volcano National Park כנסייה בכפר איסלוגה (2002) Church in the village of Isluga מדבר אטקמה - הענק מאטקמה (2002)Atacama Giant הר פינטדוס - Cerro Pintados הר פינטדוס - Cerro Pintados

Iquique is a city in northern Chile, with a population of about 200,000 people. The city's name comes from the Aymara word "Ique-ique", which translates to "laziness", but can also mean "sleep" or "bed."

Iquique is woth the stop mostly because of the Isluga National Park which is situated in the high plains (altiplanos) to the west of the city.

The Isluga National Park

The Isluga National Park is a relatively secluded park, and not many travelers get there. It is hard to find an organized tour going to the park, so visiting the park requires renting a car and organizing your own trip.


Route

A two days tour is recommended (even 3 days) ? driving south from Iquique up to Los Pintados (95 km to the south), a place with over 400 paintings (Geoglyphs) on the surrounded mountains. Going back north towards the biggest Geoglyph in the world ? ?the giant from Atcama? and continue from there to Isluga village (an authentic park with nice church). Sleeping near the village (there is a nice campsite northern to the park with hot fountain ? free of charge). At the second day, touring the park and returning towards evening to Iquique with an option of sleeping on the way and returning the car in the morning (2 rental days).


Getting there

The Isluga Nationl Park is located east of Iquique in northern Chile. The road to the park is only partly paved, and it is advisable to go with 4X4 vehicle. The vehicle can be rented in Iquique. The road leads east, up to Isluga village (near the border with Bolivia) and then enter towards north to the reserve. You can continue with the road north until it joins to Lauca National Park (see separate guidance). There are hardly any buses arriving to Isluga village, and in any case it is not possible to travel in the park by bus. There are also guided tours to this park (as far as we saw).