Antofagasta

Hola!

This past weekend I took a trip to Antofagasta, una ciudad en el norte de Chile, a city in the north of Chile, and I wanted to share my experience and pictures with you all. I flew out of Santiago Friday morning, which I have written about in my previous post, and arrive an hour and a half later around 9:45. Once I got to my hotel and put my bags up I went on a walk to find a beach to sit down and enjoy the beautiful blue water. Where I live in Chile, the water close to the shore is blue, but the rest is dark, cold, and unpleasant,but here in Antofagasta, a lot of the water was a beautiful shade of blue. Here are some pictures of my view.

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My favorite part about this beach, and really all of the beaches in Antofagasta, is how many seashells there are on the shore. I spent an hour just searching for the best seashells to take home with me to the United States. There are almost no shells where I am staying, so finding some in Antofagasta was exciting for me.

Also, while in Antofagasta I visited La Mano del Desierto. This was about an hour out of town in a bus with a tour group. There really is no way to get to the hand unless you go with a tour group because the hand is out in the middle of nowhere. Here is a picture of it.

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I was told that the artist sculpted this hand and placed it beside the main highway out of town in order to wish those traveling to the capital Santiago a goodbye – as if Antofagasta is waving goodbye to those leaving. I was amazed by the detail in the nails and knuckles and everything about this hand. If you ever get the chance to go to Antofagasta I highly recommend going to see this hand and the Portada.

The Portada is a natural rock arch in Antofagasta that is a major tourist attraction. There is a pair of penguins that lives in a cave below the viewing deck in front of the Portada, but because I was there right when it was turning dark outside, I didn’t get to see the penguins. Here are some of the pictures I snapped of of the Portada before dark on the viewing deck.

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Antofagasta is a beautiful city that has many things to appreciate and make better. There is a huge mall in Antofagasta that is surrounding by a port and various piers throughout the city. Just taking a walk along the shore will make you want to stay a few more days in this lovely city. I do hope to go back one day, but for now I can say yo conozco Antofagasta, y en el futuro voy a volver. I know the city of Antofagasta, and one day I will return.

Hasta Luego Antofagasta.

Saludos de Chile,

Madison Green

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