Antofagasta is a city in Northern Chile. The Atacama desert rises in the east and the Pacfic Ocean provides a western limit. This is an industrial centre in the region and is perhaps the least pleasant city in the north. Current works (2008) to refurbish the seafront will probably render this city increasingly attractive, also for tourists. Travellers heading to San Pedro de Atacama and between far north and central Chile might find it a convenient stopover.
There is no real centralized bus terminal, but all the major companies have their grounds within a block or so of each other, centered on the crossing of La Torre and Bolivar. Many daily departures/arrivals: Calama, San Pedro de Atacama, Iquique, Arica, Copiapó, La Serena and Santiago.
As of July 1st 2009 a new terminal has opened up within Antofagasta and buses no longer run from downtown. The new terminal is called 'Terminal Carlos Oviedo Cavada' and is located north of town.
Outside the city include the Cerro Moreno Airport, 
In the city there are six universities: University Catolica del Norte, University of Antofagasta, University Arturo Prat, University Pedro de Valdivia and the University Tecnológica de Chile.
Places close to the city
San Pedro de Atacama, is a commune that is 5 hours away with Antofagasta. Today tourists come from all over the world, especially Europe, attracted by the area's natural beauty and charm of the people.
The main attractions are in the vicinity of the town:
For being a city on the coast of Chile, Antofagasta has a relaxation area and a view of the sea, where you can play, eat, read, and have a good time.
Also, within the attractive tourist spots is the Monument Natural La Portada, geomorphological volcanic rocks and fossils that has an area of 31.27 ha. It has a coastal cliff that reaches a maximum height of 52 meters and around the arch La Portada, this is 43 m high, 23 m wide and 70 m long. Located approximately 18 miles north on Route 1, local authorities plan to reshape access and surroundings.
75 km south of the city lies "La Mano del Desierto", sculpture created by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal.
Annually, the February 14 marks the Day of Antofagasta, referring to the landing of Antofagasta, in charge of Colonel Emilio Sotomayor. This feast is sometimes confused with a celebration related to a supposed founding of the city of Antofagasta.
In early November, we celebrate the Festival of Foreign Communities (known as The Colonies), unique event in the country where for three days you can enjoy the best of food and dance of local participants town. In Antofagasta communities remain present in Croatia, Greece, Peru, China, Bolivia, Arab Union, Argentina, France, Italy and Chile.
The city has a variety of restaurants specializing in typical food from different countries, such as Greece, Mexico, Japan, Italy and China.
Many options in the area near the bus terminals. If you get further inland from here, it can get seedy at night.
Beware of pickpockets at the busterminals when leaving. They'll try to snatch your belongings when you load your bags into the buses. Always park your private vehicle in guarded estacionamentos. The free guarded parking at supermarkets is not safe.
Motorcycle parts and repair available on Avenida Argentina at 4 different shops near number 1182.