This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Iquique. To help you make friends with Iquique before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Iquique is a port town in the northern part of Chile, on the Pacific coast. It has a dry desert climate. Buses operate through the town, heading north to Peru, and south to Chile’s capital, Santiago. There are also flights that operate from the Diego Aracena International Airport in Iquique.
There are many Iquique hostels, guesthouses, and hotels in the area, and prices for all types are reasonable, however they are expensive in comparison to hostels in the bordering countries of Bolivia and Peru. Hostels in Iquique usually offer free Wi-Fi, as well as breakfast, tourist information, and information on flights and buses operating in the area.
The town is very pretty, with typical Latino architecture, and some beautiful plazas and markets. The town is safe for Latin American standards. There are some nice lookout points, and walks in and nearby the town. Hostels in Iquique and other accommodation types are of a good standard, hot water showers are usually available, and towels and linen are usually included in the price. Spanish is the official language, however some people do speak some English, though it definitely helps to learn a few words of Spanish before visiting the country and town. There are plenty of restaurants and markets in town, vegetarian food can be hard to find, and it is worth learning the Spanish for key meats, as you can then explain that you do not eat these types of meat -- most people will not understand "vegetarian," or the Spanish word for "vegetarian." Omelettes are usually a safe option.
Written by local enthusiast for Iquique hostelsKelly Sheldrick