Iquique

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Iquique is the capital of the region of Tarapacá and one of the most visited cities in the north of Chile. Famous for its beaches, Iquique is ideal for surfers, sunbathers, and sportsmen in general. Nearby attractions include Volcán Isluga National Park, Mamiña Thermal Springs, and the town of La Tirana, where a huge religious celebration is held every year. The cuisine in the north of Chile is characterized by a variety of vegetables with common ingredients including quinoa, a staple in the Inca culture, potatoes, carrots, and various tropical fruits like mango, passion fruit, and guava. Typical dishes include roast alpaca cooked on firewood, chuño, which is a soup-based Popes alpaca, onion, wheat, and other vegetables.