Last Updated on January 30, 2024

Iquique is a vibrant coastal city in northern Chile, and a treasure trove of adventure and natural beauty.

Strategically located between the Pacific Ocean and the Atacama Desert, this city offers a unique blend of urban charm and natural wonders.

One of the city’s most remarkable features is the Cerro Dragon, or Dragon Hill, the largest urban sand dune in the world.

This colossal sand dune stretches for approximately 4 kilometers within the city, creating a natural spectacle that leaves a lasting impression.

Sandboard at Cerro Dragon
Sandboarding at Cerro Dragon, Iquique, Chile. Photo courtesy of Cristian Calcagno

Historically, Cerro Dragon was known to resemble a sleeping dragon, hence its name.

Today, it stands as a testament to the city’s unique geographical features, making it a paradise for thrill-seekers.

With slopes of various heights and degrees of steepness, beginners can start with the smaller ones and gradually proceed with the bigger ones as they gain confidence. For the more adventurous, there are thrilling rides at this location, with dunes up to 350m tall.

In Iquique, you can take sandboarding tours with the 2015-2016 Sandboard World Champion, Jose Martinez.

The tour costs $30,000 CLP per person, which is approximately $33 USD according to the current exchange rate.

This includes transportation, a professional board, instruction, and videos. It’s perfect for all levels, from beginners to professionals.

The tour takes place at the Cerro Dragon Natural Sanctuary, the biggest urban sand dune in the world. Here, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Iquique city while experiencing the thrill of sandboarding.

Sandboard Rental

You can rent a sandboard online and collect it in Iquique or have it delivered to your accommodation.

All boards are equipped with shoe bindings, handmade in Chile, and come in different sizes for adults, teenagers, and kids.

What to Bring

Remember to bring comfortable shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfortable clothing. The weather in Iquique is usually warm and sunny, so dress accordingly.

Beyond sandboarding, Iquique and Cerro Dragon offer a variety of other exciting activities.

For instance, you can enjoy motorcycle rides and rally races on the dunes. The unique combination of wind patterns and topography has shaped Cerro Dragon into a haven for adrenaline enthusiasts.

For those seeking a more relaxed adventure, the hill offers stunning views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

Its summit provides a panoramic vista that stretches as far as the eye can see, offering a breathtaking glimpse of Iquique’s coastal beauty.

Read also: Sandboarding in Chile

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