Antofagasta is a beachside tourism city in Northern Chile where you can experience the wealthiest city in Chile’s Disneyland-like approach to relaxation and having a good vacation. Here at Skyscanner, we’ve been noticing that Antofagasta is a growing destination for tourists as well as business travelers as a result of its sleek modernity, fresh infrastructure, and perfectly manicured greenery.
Antofagasta is serviced by the Andrés Sabella Gálvez International Airport (formerly known as and sometimes still referred to as the Cerro Moreno International Airport), just over six miles from downtown Antofagasta.
Antofagasta is the center of Chile’s mining economy, but as a tourist, you’ll be too busy enjoying yourself at the beach or a fancy restaurant to notice the strip-mined mountains on the other side of the city’s gorgeous skyline.
Airlines That Fly To Andrés Sabella Gálvez International Airport
At present, only LATAM Peru, LATAM Chile, Sky Airline, Jet Smart, and Amaszonas fly to Andrés Sabella Gálvez International Airport. This means that you’ll need to fly to a regional hub like Santiago before you can make the final hop to Andrés Sabella Gálvez International Airport.
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When To Book A Flight To Antofagasta
Avoid traveling around Christmas, when Chileans are returning home to visit their families in this predominantly Catholic country. Otherwise, you’ll find that temperatures don’t change much in Antofagasta, at least not enough to make a difference in flight prices.
Regardless of the season, you can expect warms of the upper 60s during the day and colds of the lower 50s. Antofagasta’s uncannily consistent climate is one of the reasons why it’s a great destination for tourists: it’s almost never raining, and it’s never too cold or too hot to do activities.
Arriving At Andrés Sabella Gálvez International Airport
Andrés Sabella Gálvez International Airport has free Wi-fi but lacks any restaurants or true immigration office. You also won’t be able to exchange your currency there, though there is a tourism desk which can point you in the right direction to the banks downtown.
Thankfully, downtown Antofagasta is a quick ride away by bus or taxi. The rate of taxis driving from the airport to downtown is regimented, though tipping on top of the regimented fare with a small amount is customary.
If you plan on staying in Antofagasta for only a few days, splurge and rent a car. If you’d rather visit one of the regional suburbs of Antofagasta than the city itself, there’s a railway connection at the airport that will enable you to do so. You can also travel internationally to Bolivia via this train network.
What To See And Do In Antofagasta
Unlike many other cities in Chile, Antofagasta’s history doesn’t include any Spanish colonial ownership, but there is still some interesting history regarding the city’s possession. In the late 1800s, Chile and Bolivia fought a war over the region that Antofagasta resides in, though there aren’t any monuments or clues around Antofagasta to commemorate the war, the signing of the peace treaty, and the subsequent pact of friendship with Bolivia which stands to this day.
Antofagasta has a vibrant soccer scene, with many pickup teams—including those that are made exclusively of expats—playing on the city’s countless greens. The Antofagasta Regional Stadium is the largest green and is typically reserved for the city’s Division A soccer club matches.