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 trip 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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  • Attraction to visit if or if. It is very cute but difficult to get to the front page, since there is no direct transport to the front page. You must hire taxi service which does not leave less than 18,000 Chilean pesos.
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  • Antofagasta is a small town and the rock formation is extremely curious and fun to watch, recommended to pass the time.
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  • I like nature and the cover has to be there for at least 2 hours... Walk, Museum and a refreshing view... Long live the Pacific Ocean... Lol
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  • Beautiful view. Unfortunately you cannot go down to the beach anymore as it is a conservation area but still worth the trip to see.
  • Antofagasta Natural monument , beautiful. Needs more attention from local authorities to restore the access to it
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  • Very pretty view, walkway down to the beach. Super windy though!
  • 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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