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Iquique, Chile

How much does it cost to travel to Iquique?

You should plan to spend around $105 (CL$91,892) per day on your vacation in Iquique. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $37 (CL$32,337) on meals
  • $25 (CL$22,001) on local transportation
  • $94 (CL$81,760) on hotels

A one week trip to Iquique for two people costs, on average, $1,474 (CL$1,286,483). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Iquique cost?

A one week trip to Iquique usually costs around $737 (CL$643,241) for one person and $1,474 (CL$1,286,483) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Iquique on average costs around $1,474 (CL$1,286,483) for one person and $2,949 (CL$2,572,966) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Iquique will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Iquique on average costs around $3,159 (CL$2,756,749) for one person and $6,318 (CL$5,513,498) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Iquique has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Iquique expensive to visit?

Prices in Iquique are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within South America, Iquique is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in South America for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Iquique is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Iquique Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Iquique?

The average Iquique trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Iquique travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) CL$81,760 ($94)
Local Transportation 1 CL$22,001 ($25)
Food 2 CL$32,337 ($37)
Entertainment 1 CL$26,072 ($30)
Alcohol 2 CL$9,643 - 28,929 ($11 - 33)
Accommodation Budget in Iquique
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Iquique is $47 (CL$40,880). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Iquique is $94 (CL$81,760). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Iquique

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Iquique based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $80. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Iquique
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Iquique is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $25 (CL$22,001) per person, per day, on local transportation in Iquique.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Iquique
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Rental Cars in Iquique
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Food Budget in Iquique
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Iquique can vary, the average cost of food in Iquique is $37 (CL$32,337) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Iquique should cost around $15 (CL$12,935) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Iquique is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Iquique
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Iquique typically cost an average of $30 (CL$26,072) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Iquique
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  • The average person spends about $22 (CL$19,286) on alcoholic beverages in Iquique per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Iquique
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  • On average, people spend $1.33 (CL$1,156) on bottled water in Iquique per day. The public water in Iquique is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Iquique On a Budget
Iquique Iquique, Chile
Located in a golden crescent of coastline, the beautiful beach city with an ocean that's several shades of blue and a historic centre that offers the perfect balance of culture and relaxation is counted among Chile's premier beach resorts. The city is home to the duty free zone called "Zofri" and a growing number of high rise resort hotels along its beaches. Slightly more expensive and polluted than neighboring population centers, such as Arica, Iquique and its chaotic duty-free shopping zone (zona franca) have become the perfect summer holiday destination for Chilean families.
Head to Playa Cavancha, the most popular beach in Iquique. Running along the Pacific Ocean, Cavancha is a great place to join in on a game of beach soccer, paddle ball, volleyball, workout on its exercise bars, take a dip in the beautiful ocean or just slowly wander along its boardwalk away from the town center. You must see the Corbeta Esmeralda, a life-size replica of the ship that was sunk by the Peruvians in 1879 during the War of the Pacific, a very important part of the history of Chile. The Battle of Iquique lasted over three hours with the Esmeralda eventually succumbing to a Peruvian ship. You can take a 40-minute tour to see all the quarters of the ship and learn about the battle. Right in the centre of town, directly across from the Clock Tower, you will see the Teatro Municipal de Iquique. Discover how theatrical entertainment operated over a century ago and how special effect where put in place with the pulley systems used to lift the actors from the rafters to the stage into the spotlight. Then walk down the wide, pedestrian-only Calle Baquedano, a great street to wander on for a bite to eat, a drink in the sun or simply to get to the centre of town. The train tracks running down the street's centre and the faded, wooden, saloon-style architecture is reflective of Iquique's mining history. Visit the sea lions waiting at the Caleta Riquelme's wharf edge, to whom the fisherman throw their fish scraps. Or for a get away from town, make the journey north to get the best view of the sunset in the city from the Marinero Desconocido or "Unknown Sailor" statue.

Other than visiting Iquique's famous Duty Free area, a true paradise for shoppers, where you'll find anything from electronics to high-end perfumes, Iquique has a lot of fun activities to offer. The Museo Regional de Iquique is a very diverse and informative museum and it's free!. The museum explains the progression of the Earth from its creation 4.6 billion years ago to the existence and disappearance of the dinosaurs, then to the more specific history of the Chinchorro people and the foundation of Iquique. Located nearby the replica of the ancient ship is the Naval Museum of Iquique, which goes into more detail about the War of the Pacific, as well as other battles fought on Chilean seas. For a spectacular view, head to the Cerro Dragon and perhaps even surf down the gigantic mountain of sand. The view itself from the Cerro Dragon is worth the journey, and a tour that lets you glide down its sand makes this one of the most special sunset experiences you will ever have. Finally, take a bus from the centre of town for a 45-minute journey inland to check out the well-preserved yet completely deserted town of Humberstone, which was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 2005. Named after James Thomas Humberstone, a British chemical engineer who founded the Peru Nitrate Company, the town was developed during the saltpeter rush in the late 1800s, which was also responsible for founding the city of Iquique.
Food and Dining
Enjoy amazing food in Iquique's restaurants with ocean views. Try the traditional mango sour, a drink based on the creamy tropical fruit which is abundant in the region together with the guayaba, grapefruit and lemons which grow in its oasis. Taste some delicious ceviche, and other fish dishes. Or fall or a Chumbeque, a traditional sweet of Iquique which has been around since 1920 and is as much a part of the city as the beach is. It has three layers of a type of biscuit originally filled with Limón de Pica, a type of small lemon from Pica.

Many flights from Iquique's Diego Aracena International Airport connect daily with Santiago and other main cities in the country. International flights are offered to Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Iquique is also well deserved by bus companies with several daily arrivals from Arica, Antofagasta, Calama and Santiago. The 'main terminal' north of the centre serves most destinations, but quite a few buses from Arica pull in close to the central mercado at the intersection between Calle Barros Arana and Thomson. 'Tur-bus' have their own terminal on Calle Esmeralda. There are also buses arriving from La Paz, Oruro and Cochabamba in Bolivia. When travelling around the city, collective buses (micros) run along the major streets in the center and will bring you to the Zofri very quickly. Walking is the most convenient mode of transport for getting to and from the beaches. You can also share a taxi for around USD$1, depending on the trip's length or get a private taxi for around USD$4, which is faster than taking the bus (USD$75). You can of course access Iquique with your car by the Pan American highway going north or south. Arica, on the border with Peru, is 307 km north. Calama is 389 km southeast and Santiago is 1843 km south. By sea, Iquique is also a port where number of cruise lines drop passengers who want to enjoy the duty free shopping, local restaurants and great sights!

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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