Top 10 Things to do in Caldera, Chile

April 9, 2018 Frederic Celentano

Discover the best top things to do in Caldera, Chile including GeoTurismo Atacama, Playa Chorrillos, Playa la virgen, Casa Tornini Museo - Centro Cultural, Bahia Inglesa, Orbicular Granite Nature Sanctuary, Zoologico de Piedra, Museo Paleontologico de Caldera, Iglesia de San Vicente de Paul, Centro Buceo Oceano Aventura.
Restaurants in Caldera

1. GeoTurismo Atacama

Caldera 1578101, Chile
Excellent
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5 based on 89 reviews

GeoTurismo Atacama

We work all year Atacama circuits. Heritage, nature,astronomy ,desert in various shapes and small formats. we are heritage and scientific tourism. A family company spirit where you will be treated like a friend.

Reviewed By Sarah W - Antofagasta, Chile

I went with GeoTurismo to the flowering desert. The tour consisted of some spots along Route 5 in Chile, lunch, stopping at a small village, and then seeing other wildflowers in a few more areas (different than the morning ones).
The guides knew where to go to see the best flowering, and it was one of the most beautiful days of my life. The flowering desert is absolutely incredible, and I recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience this short-lived phenomenon.
Tip: Bring toilet paper, some coins, and hand sanitizer. You stop in small towns that don't have the best bathrooms.

2. Playa Chorrillos

Camino a Puerto Viejo 10 kms de Bahia Inglesa, Bahia Inglesa, Chile
Excellent
43%
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4 based on 27 reviews

Playa Chorrillos

Reviewed By Frano K

It's a great beach in Bahía Inglesa that feels like if you were in the Caribbean area, it's not that big but has many interesting places and very good restaurants. I'd totally recommend it for everyone to stay a couples of days and feel the good vibe there.

3. Playa la virgen

Caldera, Chile
Excellent
51%
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4 based on 323 reviews

Playa la virgen

Reviewed By ryanar70 - Santiago, Chile

Really nice beach, but crowded at this time of year. Packed kind of crowded. Access road to get here is in poor condition. The water is swimmable, but cold.

4. Casa Tornini Museo - Centro Cultural

Paseo Jose Fc. Gana 210, Caldera 56, Chile 56-52-317930
Excellent
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5 based on 66 reviews

Casa Tornini Museo - Centro Cultural

Casa Tornini is one of the oldest houses of our town (1860), which keeps its original furniture and decoration. It is an historical museum and a cultural centre whose goal is to enhance and protect local patrimony through education, culture and tourism. We offer guided tours inside the museum and on field.

Reviewed By Carolina G - Wellington, New Zealand

This boutique museum is a delight to visit. Everything from the warm welcome from your hosts, Beño and Daniella, to the atmosphere of an ancestral home that has been lovingly brought back to life through its very interesting exhibits,makes it a special event. A visit to this museum is a must for any visitor and will give you a wonderful experience when visiting Caldera.

5. Bahia Inglesa

Bahia inglesa is not in Copiapo but in Caldera, Copiapo, Chile +56 9 5848 3731
Excellent
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4.5 based on 432 reviews

Bahia Inglesa

Reviewed By happytraveler30183 - Sioux Falls

We took the local bus from Copiapo to Caldera and then a collectivo to Bahia Ingress. This is a small town with restaurants and hostels along the street facing the beach. We enjoyed strolling around and sitting in one of the restaurants/bars facing the beach and enjoying a refreshing drink. It is a beautiful beach with some very impressive rocks in the bay.

6. Orbicular Granite Nature Sanctuary

Caldera, Chile
Excellent
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4 based on 63 reviews

Orbicular Granite Nature Sanctuary

This geological rarity, the only one in South America, was declared a Nature Sanctuary in 1981, and is located 11 km from Caldera, north of the Playa de Rodillo. It comprises tens of square meters. Here you can see formations of orbicular granite with circular incrustations. The formations are made up of minerals such as hornblende, orthoclase, biotite and quartz, amongst others. It is a crystal

Reviewed By KannanAT - Santiago, Chile

To my knowledge there are only 12 places in the world where these kind of rock is found. When you travel by road from Caldera to Chañaral, a few kilometres from Caldera, you will find a board pointing you towards the sea, to take you to the Orbicular Granite. This is on the sea shore. A visit is recommend due to its uniqueness.
Orbicular granite (also known as orbicular rock or orbiculite) is an uncommon plutonic rock type which is usually granitic in composition. These rocks have a unique appearance due to orbicular. Almost one third of known orbicular rock occurrences are from Finland. The occurrences are usually very small

7. Zoologico de Piedra

Caldera, Chile
Excellent
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4 based on 35 reviews

Zoologico de Piedra

Reviewed By grlebtun - Coquimbo, Chile

A unos 15 kilómetros al norte de Caldera, encontramos un sector denominado el Zoológico de Piedra, paseo obligado para los que, con mucha imaginación creen ver, en las especiales formaciones rocosas, figuras de animales.
Esta parada es un momento de relax en pleno desierto, que permite observar las caprichosas formas que la erosión es capaz de obtener después de miles y miles de años.
Hay un mapa que señala cada una de las figuras que es posible de identificar.
Es increíble sí, cómo este lugar, que se supone turístico, protegido y a cargo del municipio local, se encuentre tan sucio y con nada menos que una "animita" en una de las rocas. Impresentable. Así y todo, como dije antes, es un buen paseo familiar.

8. Museo Paleontologico de Caldera

Avda. Wheelwrigth, 1, Caldera, Chile
Excellent
45%
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4 based on 9 reviews

Museo Paleontologico de Caldera

Reviewed By Juanca284 - Santiago, Chile

Un museo pequeño pero absolutamente interesante por cuanto la muestra paleontológica es local. Posee el cráneo fósil de Ballena más grande que se ha encontrado en Sudamérica, "La Ballena Josefina". El formato es clásico con vitrinas y algunos videos en tablets. También existe una muestra de granito orbicular, la que es posible apreciarla in situ en el El Santuario de la Naturaleza Granito Orbicular (formación caprichosa de la roca ígnea) a unos 11 kilómetros al norte de Caldera Playa Rodillo). El museo es fácil encontrarlo en la Costanera al interior del Centro Cultural Estación de Trenes de Caldera. Fotos permitidas. La entrada general cuesta $1.000 y $500 para estudiantes y tercera edad, días lunes cerrado.

9. Iglesia de San Vicente de Paul

Ossa Varas 230, Caldera, Chile
Excellent
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4 based on 5 reviews

Iglesia de San Vicente de Paul

Reviewed By Juanca284 - Santiago, Chile

Templo católico ubicado enfrente de la plaza de Caldera. De ningún modo puede pasar desapercibida por su dimensión, frontón greco-romano, torre gótica y atrio con cuatro columnas en que predomina el color amarillo y ocre. Material predominante es la madera muy bien trabajada. Al interior un sencillo coro y ostenta un hermoso piso de piedra laja y original. Tres naves con arcos y columnas dóricas, asientos, confesionarios y altares laterales de madera torneada. El altar mayor sobre elevado, tiene tres hornacinas, la imagen central es de la Virgen de Dolores, patrona del ejército peruano. También es parroquia que posee un pequeño museo. Patrimonio Cultural, lugar en que reina la tranquilidad y que debe visitarse.

10. Centro Buceo Oceano Aventura

Bahia Inglesa, Caldera, Chile
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5 based on 3 reviews

Centro Buceo Oceano Aventura

Reviewed By Pepe A - Santiago, Chile

Maravilloso el fondo marino de Bahía Inglesa.Es facil de llegar.te atienden bien, los instructores tienen mucha experiencia y dan confianza en bucear por primera vez

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