Plaza Colon, Antofagasta

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An ideal place to rest, Plaza Colon remains Antofagasta's main square and home of the famous Clock Tower, a replica of London's Big Ben erected in honor of the centennial of Chile's independence. The square also boasts a statue of Isabella and Ferdinand, a gift from Spain, a cathedral, library, and the Retreat Kiosk, donated by Yugoslav immigrants. Rest in the shade of palm trees after exploring the city or have a refreshing drink in a cafe. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Antofagasta holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Plaza Colon and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 2, 2017
    It is a tourist place, to enjoy a friendly atmosphere, as well as see the time on the watch Big Bang
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  • July 31, 2017
    In this place I lived one of the most unpleasant experiences I've had in my travels by Chile. I sat down on a bench to look at Tomson life when I suddenly found myself surrounded by a group of Gypsies, one of them asked me money and gave him a ticket... but not complied with that. She wanted to see me luck with all the notes that I had "there, in your wallet" (playing with the hand my wallet in my back pocket). The siege and harassment were so great, that I got really scared. They arrived more Gypsy and he spent much time trying to dislodge me among all the threats of curses... Even that a photographer from the square, I cross from the other side and scattered them. Take precautions, please!
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  • July 13, 2017
    A very nice place in the heart, I really liked, with people making life plaza and tourists alrededor.saquese a photo with the Lion for luck!
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  • June 29, 2017
    Even I love it, just rating three stars, you see, Antofagasta is not a "square" city, people doesn't spend much time at the plaza, activities are on the shore mainly, nevertheless it has some English elements, such a small Big Ben and lions such as those in London, in fact, it was a gift from the British people for 100th anniversary of Chile
  • June 16, 2017
    It's a very pretty place full of historical significance and one of few places where you'll find a bench in the shade to sit and relax for awhile. The downside is that you won't be able to sit for more than a few minutes before a gypsy or panhandler asks you for money.
  • December 24, 2016
    It's nice place to see when you are in the city centre, but its not do special
  • February 9, 2017
    Relax
  • December 28, 2016
    Colonial

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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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