Today we ventured out to see the La Portada arch, a natural monument located about 20 km to the north of Antofagasta. Got to see the desert type terrain in this area. The arch is 43 m high and 70 m (230 ft) long. It has a base of black andesite stone, around which are arranged marine sedimentary rocks, a stratum of yellowing sandstone, and layers of the remaining fossils of shells. All this was formed during a long process of marine erosion.
Finding a bus to take us out to La Fortada was hard enough as the one we took left us on the side of the highway. Finding a bus to bring us back was even worse. Thought we were going to die in the desert. Some local motorist who didn't speak a word of English had a kind sole and picked us up, and dropped us off back in town.
In the afternoon we took a boat cruise from the fishing wharf that essentially toured the various docks (historical industrial, current industrial and fishing docks) all that provided some excellent views of the pelicans. Just a little sea sickness.
Ventured along the downtown street markets one last time. Had the Chilean equivalent to Beaver tails. It is long, thin, deep fried and sprinled with icing sugar. Fianlly food that tastes like what we expected.
Finally some stats on Antofagasta:
The average temperature in Antofagasta, Chile is 17.1 °C.
The warmest average max/ high temperature is 25 °C in February.
The coolest average min/ low temperature is 11 °C in June, July, August.
Antofagasta receives on average 7 mm (0.3 in) of precipitation annually or 1 mm (0.0 in) each month. When you go out you neveer have to think "Does it look like it is going to rain"
There are 0 days annually registering frost in Antofagasta.