La Portada, Antofagasta

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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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  • August 9, 2017
    La Portada is not simply to achieve car without. We took the bus number 103 of Antofagasta. The bus driver was very open and helpful. After an hour drive one has dropped us off at a junction. From there, it was still 25 minutes along the road. For us, the way was worth but always. A wonderful view of the sea and La Portada.
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  • August 9, 2017
    The ideal venue for watching of flora and fauna marina! In addition, it is the national monument of Antofagasta! Have to have a look! :D
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  • August 8, 2017
    This was an Odyssey for the tourist, we could down the cliff by a staircase and appreciate it from very close, now the municipality decided to close down and only requires to see it from the viewpoint.
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  • May 27, 2017
    Beautiful view. Unfortunately you cannot go down to the beach anymore as it is a conservation area but still worth the trip to see.
  • March 16, 2017
    Antofagasta Natural monument , beautiful. Needs more attention from local authorities to restore the access to it
  • July 11, 2017
    Beatiful
  • November 17, 2016
    Very pretty view, walkway down to the beach. Super windy though!
  • September 29, 2016
    Amazing place. Unfortunately you can't go closer...

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Where to stay in Antofagasta

Though not yet seen as an international tourist destination, the northern city of Antofagasta has a welcome number of hotels and other accommodations. Head to the main coastal road to find some of the more popular high-rise hotels, offering rooms with sea views and onsite restaurants. The inland urban areas provide a good set of simple hotels, along with characterful boutiques and backpacker-friendly hostels. If planning on staying in the area for an extended period, consider renting an apartment in one of Antofagasta's main residential neighborhoods.
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