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La Portada, Antofagasta

(4.2/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
A reminder of what early seafarers faced upon reaching the South American coastline, La Portada is one of fifteen protected natural monuments in Chile. The rock arch is just over 40 m (140 ft) high and 70 m (230 ft) long, featuring a black andesite base and layers of shell fossils dating back several million years. Dramatic coastal cliffs surround the arch and act as a significant observation site for indigenous birds including Peruvian booby, kelp gulls, pelicans, cormorants, and Inca terns. Occasionally, visitors also spot dolphins and South American fur seals. Use our Antofagasta vacation planner to visit La Portada on your trip to Antofagasta, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful place, but the toilet is neglected. It is required to maintain an as tourist place in best conditions. The urine smell is too much.
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  • This site is one of the natural monuments of Chile and is 20 km from the Centre of Antofagasta. The best time to visit is at sunset. In Chile this view is always beautiful, but in La Portada is especially exciting. Currently with little maintenance and the trails are closed. There aren't many on-site amenities and the day of our visit there was no open bathroom.
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  • The cover of Antofagasta is the icon of the city, a postal missed for who visit the North of Chile, unfortunately not exist bathrooms of quality, the restaurant that before existed broke, and the cleaning of the place is made by them vultures that surround the place.
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  • Amazing place. Unfortunately you can't go closer...
  • Esta muy bonito, pero deberían dejar bajar
  • If you are in Antofagasta you should visit this place.
  • Magnifico!
  • nice view small seacliffs