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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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For dependable chain options, look for hotels located along the beachfront--a good area for anyone visiting Iquique to swim, surf, and paraglide. Hotels near the beach also tend to stay relatively expensive throughout the year, so if you're visiting on a budget, consider one of the city's many hostels. Rental apartments distributed across Iquique accommodate visitors looking for more privacy and space.
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  • This beautiful ship is a replica of the sunken corvette Esmeralda which was undaunted by the Peruvian iron ship during the Pacific War. If you do not speak Spanish it is best to book ahead for an Engl...  more »
  • Is an important place if you like history and ships. For most of chileans, and specially for the people of Iquique, this place is like the Arizona ship for americans (1941).  more »
  • They only allow a certain number of people at a time and the wait is only worth it if you're into ships.  more »
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  • Excelent place if you want to now about the battle navy of Iquique
  • Replica of the old mancarrona, very well maintained. Very well trained guides for the tour. Excellent panorama and a PIN of Iquique.
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  • Nice replica. Nice tour lasts approx. 45 minutes travel. Very interesting to experience what is read in the books of history of Chile
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  • It is a good tour of the history of the battle of Iquique, the people who are the guides you have as it was the historical epic and make you travel through history with stories and events of the time very well
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  • Excellent tour, only $2,500 CLP for Chileans and $3,500 CLP for foreigners, a good overview about the history of our country.
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