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Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.
Iquique is a city in northern Chile, capital of Tarapaca region, on the Pacific coast, just west of the Atacama Desert. It has a population of 221,400 in 2004. The city's name comes from the Aymara word Ique-ique, which translates to lazyness, but can also mean sleep or bed. Iquique has one of the largest commercial port centers of South America and has been traditionally called Zofri.

Like some of its sister municipalities and towns, Iquique is blessed with beautiful surroundings and a unique natural setting. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Central America.

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