American Airlines offers one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Santiago, Chile, with early January fares currently starting at $1,372 round trip. LAN (www.lan.cl) offers several flights daily from Santiago to Iquique, the city closest to Humberstone, Santa Laura and Pisagua, with fares starting at $440 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Barros Arana
Barros Arana 1302, Iquique
Pleasant hotel close to the town center and the beach, with an inner courtyard and a swimming pool. Doubles from $100.
Upscale hotel a stone’s throw from the beach, with a rooftop pool and great ocean vistas from the rooms. Doubles from $180.
Hostal La Roca
Quirky four-room hostel on a cliffside above town; seafood dinners upon request. Doubles from $50.
WHERE TO EAT
El Tercer Ojito
Patricio Lynch 1420
Global favorites served on a leafy bamboo-covered patio of this funky restaurant in Iquique’s historic Barrio Ingles. Entrees start at $14.
Ruta del Gigante
Altiplano-themed restaurant that dishes out Andean fusion cuisine, including coca bread. Entrees start at $14.
WHAT TO DO
Daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. $4, seniors $2, children $1.
Daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free.
Magical Tour Chile
This Iquique-based tour agency runs creepy nocturnal tours of the salitreras, departing several times per week, for $42 per person.