El Norte Grande’s attractions
The appeal of El Norte Grande remains in the fact that travellers will never witness what they see here anywhere else in the world.
The landscape is such that you can visit old nitrate towns that surround the Atacama desert such as Humberstone and Santa Laura before moving on to shimmering salt flats in the Andes and eerie moon-like vistas in the Valle de la Luna. El Norte Grande is a lesson in oppositions. San Pedro is the tourism hub in Chile and where all travel starts from. The area is known for having the largest quantity of quartz and copper in the country. Here everything is slow-paced and filled with history, its inhabitants keeping traditions alive through local art and cuisine.
On the other hand, Iquique is a large sprawling city known for its cosmopolitan vibes. The activities here are quite the opposite to San Pedro with high adrenaline sports such as paragliding taking the first place.