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Copiapó is a town in Northern Chile. It's a pleasant stop with a pleasant climate, overlooked by beautiful hills and surrounded by vineyards. Although located in the southern part of the Atacama desert, the driest desert of the world, the area where is situated the city is an oasis along the river Copiapó. The surrounding of Copiapó encompass a variety of different desert landscapes: sand dunes, salt flats, salt lakes, volcanoes, high mountains, glaciers, that permit to have spectacular view.

Map of Copiapó.

Get in[edit]

Copiapó is served by the Desierto de Atacama Airport (50 km from the city), where operates all the major Chilean airlines: Latam, Sky Airlines, and JetSmart. Shared taxi from airport to the city are available at airport with cost ranging from 6000 to 8000 CLP.

Buses pull in from the north (Antofagasta, Iquique, Arica) and south (La Serena, Santiago) at the terminals south of the city centre. Tur-bus has their terminal on Calle Chañarcillo and Pullman has their's on Colipi.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Museo Mineralógico, Cross between Calle Colipi and Rodriguez, +56 (52) 206606. Every day, until 19:00. Close to the centre and a supposedly impressing collection of minerals. Entry is 600 CLP.

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  • The Plaza A. Pratt is a very pleasant park right in the centre of town, great for reading or just spending a few hours relaxing in the shade. It has a lot of interesting trees and comfortable benches.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • A large Lider supermarket on Chacabuco 120 is located very close to the centre and the bus terminals. Great for self caterers or if stocking up before a bus ride.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Residencial Lendy, Calle Chacabuco 173, +56 (0)52 235990. Basic but very friendly in a family's home. Close to bus terminals. 11:30PM curfew, use of kitchen, stores luggage. A twin without bath is Ch$8000 (have exact change at hand).

Get out[edit]

  • Caldera, a port city to the west of Copiapó can be reached via bus. The trip takes 1 hour and 10 minutes with buses leaving every 15 minutes from the terminal on Chacabuco street (a few blocks from the centre of town), there is a large grocery store "Lider" across the road from the terminal also. A return ticket to Caldera from Copiapó is 3.500 pesos.
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