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About Arica

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, Shopping activity.


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 Azapa.



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


If you want to see more pictures of around Arica visit our 'Gallery'!


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