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I would really like to see the Atacama Giant. On Wikipedia it is just mentioned that it is in the Atacama desert. But this desert is really big. Where should I look when I want to meet this giant? It is soo big, that it is even visible on google maps.

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So my question is basically: What is the next bigger city from which I can do a tour to the Atacama giant? Is it necessary to take organized tours? How can I get there? What does it cost? When should I go?

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Just by looking at the map (I've spent some time in Chile but missed that), it looks like Iquique would be the most obvious starting place. A city with 166,000 people in 2002 and beaches has of course tourist tours.

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Iquique also has a few hostels and many bus routes in and out, so it's fairly straight-forward to get to. – Mark Mayo Dec 21 '11 at 19:54

Iquique is a good start point to get to the Atacama Giant. See a possible itinerary to get there.

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Hi, welcome to Travel.SE. Could you explain why this is the "best" or a good starting point? Could you explain what is the itinerary you link? We can see Iquique but what is the destination? the start of a hike? – Vince Jun 22 '13 at 20:27

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