SAN JOSÉ MINE &  COASTAL ROUTE

Price per person: from  $ 62,000 CLP per person based on 6  people.

Time:  09:30 to 17:30.

Duration: 8 hours.

Included: pickup at the hotel, shared transport, guide  and lunch.

Not included:  guided tour with Galleguillos miner (reference value $ 5,000 per person) and water.

What to bring:  comfortable shoes, warm hat, bathing suit, towel, sunglasses, sunscreen and water.

Restrictions: only from Thursday to Sunday (open museum)

Cancellation policy: 48 hours.

MAIN ATTRACTIVES
SAN JOSÉ MINE - THE 33 MINERS

The history of the city of Copiapo and around undoubtedly marked by the exploits and also by the tragedies that have occurred around its main activity: mining.

One of these recent stories corresponds to a tragedy, which luckily had a happy ending. The story of the collapse of the San Jose mine where 33 miners were trapped nearly 700 meters deep, for 69 days after being rescued, went around the world and left in the milestones that today remind visitors rudeness what it means to be a miner.

SWAN BAY

Swan Bay is another attraction of the third region. Located south of Bahia Inglesa, it has warm waters and small waves, which make it in an idea place for swimming.

 

Swan Bay  is a refugee for penguin and other sea birds that live int he Great Islands, a biological reserve nearby the Bay.

EL MORRO BEACH

Ten kilometers south of Bahia Inglesa is Playa El Morros, clear waters of peaceful tranquility.

Located on the shores of the third region, this small oasis has a great climate where visitors can easily enter, camp and enjoy all the desert landscape.

ENGLISH BAY

English Bay  ("English Bay") is a village and  beach  located near the port of  Boiler  in  Atacama Region,  Chili.

With a population of 135 inhabitants (census 2002), it owes its name to the visit of the English  privateer  Edward Davis. Bahia Inglesa is renowned for its white sands and warm waters, as well as its accommodations. Campgrounds, hotels, restaurants and summer houses offer lodging to visitors.

Some of the better known beaches are La Piscina (The Swimming Pool), Las Machas (The Clams), Playa Blanca (White Beach) and El Chuncho (The Owl). The place in addition enjoys a year-roundmediterranean climate.

BOILER

Boiler  is a port  city  and commune in the  Copiapó Province  of the  Atacama Region  in northern  Chili. It has an excellent harbor, protected by breakwaters, being the port city for the productive mining district centering on  Copiapo  to which it is connected by the first railroad constructed in Chile.

In 1687, Englishman  Edward davis  reached the  Bahia Inglesa Beach  6  km (4  mi) south of Caldera. In 1840,  William wheelwright  of the  Pacific Steam Navigation Company  visited the region of Caldera. On his proposal the first railway was created in the year of 1851 from Caldera to Copiapó. Its inauguration was on  Christmas day  in 1851. Caldera became an important port for the exportation of minerals. The city itself was officially founded on 23 September 1850.

The city has been struck by earthquakes and tsunamis several times the major ones being that of 1868, 1877 and  1922. During the  1891 Chilean Civil War, Caldera Bay outside the city became the site of the  Battle of Caldera Bay  where  torpedo boats  loyal to  Manuel Balmaceda  sunk the rebel  ironclad  White Whitewashed.