Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, Iquique

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Climb aboard a replica of the historic steam ship and learn about the history of Chile’s struggle for domination in the Pacific at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda. Built in England in 1855, the original ship saw action in both the Chincha Islands War and the War of the Pacific. In 1879, the ship was sunk during a battle with the Peruvian ironclad vessel Huáscar, but both the Esmeralda and her captain Arturo Prat earned an eternal, distinguished place in Chilean history. Today the museum gives you the chance to revisit the iconic ship, from the engine rooms to the top deck, and experience the conditions in which the sailors and the officers lived, worked, and fought. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed on board at one time, so it’s best to reserve your tour time online or by telephone at least one day in advance. A visit to Museo Corbeta Esmeralda represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Iquique itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • August 13, 2017
    It is a very good replica of the Emerald, has guided tours that recreate you the war of the Pacific.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The ship has been extremely well maintained and the tour guide details almost everything and answers all questions. My guide did not speak English, so either bring a friend or just nod and smile durin...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    It is a great model to actual size of the Corvette esmeralda. Good ride for children. Visits are guided.
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  • February 10, 2017
    Excelent place if you want to now about the battle navy of Iquique
  • June 28, 2017
    Nice.
  • August 5, 2017
    How much patriotism that you feel when you are in this place! It was more than a simple naval battle on 21 may, was a national landmark and something that served as a unity and fraternity between our compatriots Viva Chile!
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  • August 1, 2017
    Historical, ideal for families, they should not go. Very well maintained, tours are guided, with fair people, without crowds. He is reserved by internet.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Very well maintained. They offer an interesting tour. Reservations are recommended
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