Lighthouses of Northern Chile
This collection of photos was contributed by Iván Vargas,
a former employee of the Chilean Maritime Signaling Service now working for
Pharos Marine Automatic Power, an aids to navigation
company, in Houston, Texas.
This 22 meter (72 ft) tower stands at of the Peruvian border
(limitrofe) north of Arica. The building at the base of the tower
is staffed by a navy crew.
This light is located on a headland south of Iquique in northern
Chile. The white concrete obelisk functions effectively as an daybeacon
along this arid coastline, standing out against the reliably blue sky.
This light stands (or stood) on a high promentory 109 meters (358 ft) above
the sea north of Antofagasta. Obviously it has the same design as the
Punta Gruesa light, with a different stone veneer on the equipment room
at the base. Apparently this light does not survive, because the present Punta Angamos Light is a slender fiberglass tower.
The lighthouse stands at the end of the outer breakwater sheltering
the harbor of Antofagasta. Since this photo was taken the tower has been
repainted with red and white horizontal bands, as seen in the Chilean
This substantial 18 m (60 ft) tower was built in 1947. The lighthouse
guards the entrance to the port of Caldera, about 425 km (265 mi) south
All photos copyright 2004 Iván Vargas; all rights
reserved. Used by permission.
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Created December 14, 2004. Checked and revised June 12, 2017. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett
and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.