Iquique is a major port of northern Chile situated on a rocky peninsula on the edge of rainless Atacama Desert, overlooking the Pacific. It's protected from the open sea by low, barren offshore island of Serrano, that is connected to mainland by a stone causeway. Established in the 16th century, the town was partially destroyed by earthquakes in 1868 and 1875, but some wooden houses from that time can still be seen. Plaza Prat is in the centre of the old town. Around it is the 1877 Clock Tower, Moorish style Centro Espanol and Teatro Municipal. There are nice beaches at Cavancha just south of the city centre.
Iquique has a population of 180,600 according to 2012 census. Its total city and commune area is 2,242 km2 (865.7 ml2). Iquique features one of the largest South American duty-free commercial port centers, free zone of Iquique (Zona Franca of Iquique) which has traditionally been called Zofri. There are around 2.4 km2 (0.93 ml2) of banking branches, restaurants and warehouses. Copper mining, mainly in Cerro Colorado, Dona Ines de Collahuasi and Quebrada Blanca, is also a major industry in Iquique.
Atacama is often called the "perfect" desert as some coastal stations have never recorded measurable rainfall and the only precipitation comes from fogs - they can condense in higher regions and foster vegetation like candle-holder cactus, which grows only 5-7mm per year and flowers for 24 hours. During Atacama Desert's nitrate boom of 19th and early 20th centuries, Iquique was the major export port of Chile, but today it concentrates on fishing and shipment of fishmeal, iodine, salt, nitrates and guano from surrounding area. Until 1879, when it was captured by Chile during the War of Pacific, Iquique was part of Peru. In 1883 it was formally ceded to Chile by treaty.
Highlights: Plaza Prat, Beaches, Atacama Desert
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