It is a city, commune and port of Chile officially Known as San Marcos de Arica. The capital of the province , region of Arica and Parinacota, located 18 km south of the Peruvian border. And located in the corner of the western coast of South America known as the “Curve of Arica”, which is considered a turning point of the Southern Cone, Arica being a key point of this last one.
It is an important port for a large island region of South America. The city serves as a free port for Bolivia and manages a substantial part of that country’s trade. The strategic position of the city is enhanced by being next to the Panamericana highway, which connects it with Tacna in Peru.
Among tourists, it is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its pleasant climate, and also for being the “North Gate” of the country, due to its proximity to the Peruvian border . It is characterized by cultural, folk, ethnic diversity and also by its historical past. Its standing out Chinchorro mummies, considered among the oldest in the world.
Here you have a selection of tourist attractions in Arica. The city that fascinates by its jewels of archaeological and historical heritage. Magical highland settlements in its surroundings and unique natural scenery at 4,500 meters high that you can visit.
Morro de Arica:
one of the tourist sites of Arica most emblematic for its history, famous for what its capture and assault in 1880. It meant in the development of the Pacific war, an event that allowed the Chilean army to obtain sovereignty over the entire province of Tarapacá.
Among its main sites of interest are: The Historical and Weapons Museum with military collections of the Pacific war. The Colón 10 Site Museum corresponding an archaeological enclave of what was a Chinchorro Culture cemetery . A splendid viewpoint to 110 meters high that allows surprising views of the city and its surrounding.
Historical Center of Arica:
area of elegant constructions of the end of XIX century and principles of XX century. Most coming from the period of construction of the city, after the earthquake of 1868, when it was still part of the territory of Peru.
Remarkable buildings to discover in a walk through the Historical Center, corresponds to the three designed by Eiffel. He is the author of the famous tower that bears his name in Paris. Corresponding to the Provincial House of Arica and the Cathedral of St. Marcos. This last one, a singular building in Neogothic style, that constitutes one of the most valuable architectural jewels of the city.
La Lisera and El Laucho Beaches:
considered the 2 most beautiful beaches. They have a gentle swell, warm waters and white sands. Both of which are suitable for swimming. The Lisera, on the one hand, enchants with its beautiful surroundings of gardens and coconut palms. It have hills that allow jumping in paragliding landing between its sands and natural water to do snorkeling.
The Laucho, meanwhile, captivates with its vibrant atmosphere. With beach bars where you can enjoy refreshing drinks under straw umbrellas. And a coastal edge where you can find restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs.
Chungará Lake and Cotacotani Lagoons:
located in Lauca National Park 165 km from . They are 2 of the most important tourist sites in the region, separated from each other by only 4 km. On the one hand, the Cotacotani Lagoons are surprising with their numerous volcanic islets. That seem to float on the surface of the water. Among which dozens of native species fees without fear of human presence.
Lake Chungará, meanwhile, corresponds to one of the highest lakes on the planet, standing at 4,500 meters above sea level. It is captivating with its emerald green tones. The reflection of giant volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerape .