A number of Iquique tour companies offer one-day circular tours taking in the nitrate ghost towns of Humberstone and Santa Laura; the geoglyphs of Pintados; the oases villages of Matilla and Pica, with a plunge in Pica’s hot springs; and the basilica and nitrate museum of La Tirana. Another standard tour offered by some companies is the highly memorable route up into the cordillera, continuing north across the altiplano and descending in Arica; these excursions take in Parque Nacional Volcán Isluga, the Salar de Surire and Parque Nacional Lauca.

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