Playa La Rinconada
Playa La Rinconada is set in the stunning surroundings of the Atacama desert. It has fine white sand that stretches out to the clear waters, and it is warm enough to swim in the summer months (from December to February). This is a uniquely beautiful location, and there is plenty of interesting flora and fauna including fish, crabs, gulls, and more.
It is located around 65 kilometers north of Antofagasta, so you can stop at the impressive sculpture that marks the Tropic of Capricorn on your drive. While you are at Playa La Rinconada itself it is worth visiting Mejillones, a fishing village a few kilometers from the beach. The beach is overlooked by the hill of Cerro San Luciano, and this is where to get the best views of this beautiful and wild area. Also nearby is are sea turtle colonies at Mirador Las Tortugas which are well worth a visit.
In the summer months, the climate will be desert-like with very little rain. People often camp on this beach and it is a pretty quiet and laid back spot. Visitors come here to to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. The views are stunning, and it is a fantastic place to watch the sunset, which lights up the ancient cliffs.
La Riconda is also a place for water sports such as windsurfing or boating. Take long hikes in the incredible location; you will be in awe of the majestic beauty.
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