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Caldera

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Caldera is a town on the coast of Northern Chile.

Understand[edit]

It has a pleasant main square and some beaches, but most people going to the beach head to nearby Bahía Inglesa.

Get in[edit]

All buses going to and from Copiapó can let you off near Caldera on Route 5. It's about a 30-minute walk to the center.

There are two bus stations in town: The 1 Pullman Station and the 2 Expreso Norte Station, which are also served by other companies. Tickets can be bought there. Furthermore, a Pullman and Turbus office can be found just north(west) of the plaza towards the main beach.

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to be dicovered on foot.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Banco Estado (just northeast of the plaza). M-F 09:00-14:00. Exchanges money at very competitive rates.

Eat[edit]

  • Santa Isabel (two blocks north from main square). Supermarket.
  • El Plateao, 756 Avenida El Morro, Bahia Inglesa. Great waterfront restaurant with indoor or outdoor seating and great views of the beach. Marketed as a Thai restaurant, but the cuisine is a bit more eclectic than that.

Drink[edit]

  • Kavana, Carvallo, 299A (a block or two away from the main square, towards Route 5). Juices, drinks, cocktails, and snacks. Computers with internet (CLP$600/hour or so) and wi-fi!

Sleep[edit]

  • Residencial Millaray, Cosiño, 331 (on the square). Simple accommodation; you can use the kitchen. CLP$7,000-8,000.
  • Ckamur Hospedaje Boutique, Camino Al Faro 1018, Mirador de Charito, Caldera, +569 9 2209544, e-mail: . Cute lodge by the water with nice architecture and simple accommodations. Each apartment has a kitchen and access to the patio with firepits and barbecues. The owners (Rodrigo and Andrea) are extremely friendly and accommodating.

Cope[edit]

  • Laundry. There is a woman who does a laundry service out of her house. If you are in the main square facing the church, walk up (south) on the street on the right of the church. In about 2 or 3 blocks, there is a sign for Lavandería and it has the address. You can also ask, everyone seems to know it.

Connect[edit]

The plaza offers free WiFi, but the connection is not always reliable.

Go next[edit]

  • Bahía Inglesa – a picturesque and lovely yet windy beach about 20 minutes away by collectivo (CLP$1,000) or hitchhiking
  • Rocas Negras – walking south from Bahía Inglesa along the beach, you will encounter this rock formation after about 3 km
  • Parque Paleontológico Los Dedos – beyond Rocas Negras and in the hot middle of nowhere about 1 km from the beach, an outdoor museum for fossils


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