Arica has a population of some 200,000. Called the ‘City of Eternal
Spring’ it is a safe, quiet, relaxed, beachside resort, yet to be
discovered by the tourist hordes!
Get a closer view of the Arica / Tacna border area (pointers and name
tags to the national parks).
Situated in the far north of Chile, Arica is located 11 miles south of
the border with Peru. The almost rainless Atacama Dessert surrounds the
city, while the towering South American Andes, with three national parks
are just a short drive away.
Highlights of Arica - Must Do’s around Arica
Visit the Fishermans Harbour - sea lions and Pelicans at your finger
tips. Have a fish meal while looking at the inner harbour fishermens activity
Climb El Morro (110m) for a great view of the city – take photos
of a magnificent sunset from El Morro. A national monument with museum
with memrobillia of the war of the Pacific 1879 – 1884.
Visit the Eiffel buildings – San Marcos Church – Gobernacion
close by the Colon Square, Vicuña Mackenna Park, The ex Aduana
‘Casa de Cultura’ and the Bolivian Railway Station.
Spend an evening ambling through the Boulevard 21st May. The cafes, artisans,
Just out of town (take the number 8 bus) and visit the cities colourful
main Agro market (Wed, Sat & Sunday best days).
For peace and serenity visit the beaches El Corazones and the Caves.
Nearer the city El Laucho, where the lolas hang out, or La Lisera, the
family beach ideal for children.
Right at our front door, Chinchorro Beach, good for swiming, body boarding
and sun bathing.
Take a ‘colectivo’ (taxi cab) to San Miguel de Azapa (12km
from the hostal) and see the wonders of a flourished desert.
Once here, visit it's unique cemetery (be sure to see the mommies in
the managers office), and the Anthropological Museum at San Miguel de
Further away take a tour to Lauca's National Park (Parque Nacional Lauca)
- One day tour costs $15,000 CLP approx. (be sure you can handle going
to high altitudes 4,500 m.a.s.l (meters above sea level) before signing up for this outing)
- With more time take a two day one night guided tour stopping over in
the quaint Putre, a pueblo (little town) situated 3,500 m.a.s.l in the Andes
- Or a two nights 3 day tour to take in Parque Lauca, the Vicuña
Reseve and Salar de Surire