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Port of Entry
20°12.320'S, °'W Chart icon.png
Replica of the 'Esmeralda', sunk in the War of the Pacific

Iquique was once part of the Viceroyalty of Peru but became Chilean territory during the War of the Pacific.

It now has a population in excess of 200,000.

For many years it relied on nitrate mining but it now serves the copper mining industry in the hinterland. It is also a major transshipment port for cargo going to and from Bolivia. With excellent beaches, it is a popular tourist destination for both Bolivians and Brazilians.


British Admiralty
BA3076 - Ports of Iquique and Mejillones del Sur
BA4219 - Bahia de Iquique to Tocopilla

See also Chile.


Despite having an annual rainfall of only 1mm Iquique has a very pleasant climate. Afternoon sea breezes prevail throughout the year and record maximum and minimum temperatures are in the order of 30*C and 8*C respectively. Typically days start off calm and a southerly sea breeze sets in at about midday.

Sources for Weather forecasts:


See Chile.


Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see Cruiser's Nets


OpenCPN chartlet showing approximate inwards track and location of marina

Open and free of hazards until well into the harbour and in a safe anchorage. The narrow, shallow channel leading to the marina requires high tide for safe transit if boat's draft is more than 1.75 meters.


Iquique is a port of entry/exit for Chile. For details see Entrance: Chile.


Google Earth image of the port

Typically bow in with a stern line to a club buoy. They seem to be designed for smaller yachts

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Club de Yates de Iquique

Club de Yates de Iquique/wiki/Iquique#Club_de_Yates_de_Iquique
Marina icon Club de Yates de Iquique [[Iquique#Club de Yates de Iquique|Club de Yates de Iquique]] 20°12.551'S, 070°09.307'W

The manager is Sr. Patricio Vargas Herrera. Stern-to mooring with fixed mooring balls for bowlines. Docks are a little rough and in need of some maintenance, but personnel reported to be friendly and marina secure. Bathrooms with cold showers. IQUIQUE EARTHQUAKE In early April 2014 the yacht club pontoons were badly damaged by a small tsunami associated with the Iquique earthquake.

XX@XXX; Mobile: +56 (998) 875 520; Fax: +XX (XXX) XXXXXX; VHF channel XX
Prices: For the latest prices see [XXX Price Listing]
View of the marina
Club de Yates Iquique, clubhouse to left, office to right


A crowded anchorage, larger yachts could anchor amongst the tugs and fishing boats.


Water Potable water on the pontoons
Electricity 240V electricity laid on to the pontoons
Toilets In the Club
Showers In the Club (cold)
Laundry In the town
Garbage Garbage reception facilities within the Club.
Fuel No fuel available at the marina, numerous service stations in the town
Bottled gas Propane available in the port
Chandlers No dedicated chandleries
Repairs No facilities designed for yachts within the port
Internet Free yacht club WiFi, also internet cafes in the town
Mobile connectivity Yes
Vehicle rentals In the town


  • The usual hypermercados such as Lider and Jumbo are a short taxi ride south of the marina. Smaller supermercados such as Santa Isabela are located near Plaza Prat
  • Agro (huge multi-block farmers' market plus meat, poultry, dairy, grocery, general merchandise
  • Iquique is a 'free port' and the large Zofri - the Zona Franca/Free Zone - is a short taxi ride north of the port

Eating out

  • Plentiful throughout the town. Many are to be found around Plaza Prat.


  • The airport is some distance south of the town. Regular flights to Arica, Antofagasta and Santiago.
  • Two 'Terminus de Buses', one being a dedicated Turbus depot, both an easy walk from the marina.
  • Small bus termini serving destinations such as Humberstone and Pica.

Things to do Ashore


List places of interest, tours, etc.

  • Atacama Desert: Nitrate ghost towns of Santa Laura and Humberstone.
  • Oasis town of Pica.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Chile.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • We arrived at anchor on Christmas Day, 2010, and told the Armada we were comfortable to sit in quarantine until after the holiday and the weekend. The following day we were visited by an Armada officer who told us to expect a clearance party the following morning, Monday at 1000. On schedule the next day the Armada brought with them representatives from Migracion, Aduana and Ministerio de Salud, and we engaged in a friendly round of form-filling, signing and rubber-stamping the cockpit. We were quickly cleared, welcomed to Chile and told to report to the Gobernacion Maritima offices, which are 100 metres from the dinghy landing, to pay the appropriate fees. It was a wonderfully simple and friendly process when compared to our experiences in Peru, Ecuador and Mexico. --s/y Sequitur.

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Date of member's last visit to Iquique and this page's details validated:

  • January 2011-- s/y Sequitur
  • February 2014 --Frank Holden s/y Westerly Serenade

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