Huasco

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This picturesque seaside resort is located near to the mouth of the river Huasco, 57 km from Vallenar.

The beaches here are excellent, suitable for swimming and water sports such as sailing, surfing, diving and fishing. Of particular note are the Playa Grande, located in the city, Tres Playitas (Three Little Beaches), and Baratillo Beach, towards the north of Huasco.

The climate of the sector is hot, without any big thermal variations, permitting outdoor activities all year round. One of the most typical places here is the Church of San Pedro, a reminder of Huasco’s history as a fishing town.

The Fuerte Sur (South Fort) or Esmeralda is one of three forts built in 1879, and dominates the Bay. It is full of historical character, and during the War of the Pacific was used as a surveillance point.

Tourist Attractions to visit in Huasco:

Municipal Library
Located next to the Church of San Pedro, the library is housed in the hundred-year-old building that used to be the old station, built in Oregon Pine.

Huasco Bajo
This is an old indigenous settlement that was used, during the Colony, to provide support to the port of Huasco and, as such, enabled the colonization and evangelization. Nowadays it is a rural town with a church and some houses scattered around the olive plantations.

Bahía Guacolda
Located in the southern sector of Huasco, this bay is immersed in rocky landscapes, full of cacti and covered in the black dust of iron ore. There are two mechanized ports here: Las Losas and Guacolda II.

Mouthof the Huasco River
A piece of humid coastal land of around 1,000 hectares. It provides refuge to a large quantity of birds, among them the Chilean flamingo, heron, yeco (a type of marine raven), and various species of duck.

Playa Grande
This beach is located in the port of Huasco and is suitable for bathing, fishing and other water sports.

Tres Playitas (Three Little Beaches)
Located 15 km north of Huasco and 7km from the Port of Huasco, these three beaches are suitable for bathing, fishing and sports, and have camping facilities.

Los Toyos
This beach is located 22 km north of Huasco, and is suitable for bathing, fishing and sports.

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