Arica Travel Guide

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Arica Things to Do

  • Learn Español

    Hey guys,I must say that I had a really great time at the Academia de Artes y Lenguas where they have Spanish courses... It wasn't too expensive and the classes were one-to-one. The teachers are experienced and I learnt a lot in my time there. I would highly recommend it!!I also had a breath-taking mini-trek up the famous Morro; there is a path at...


    Parque Nacional Lauca is one of the most spectacular and dramatic national parks in Chile. A visit from Arica basically takes one from sea-level to 4500+m in one day. All tour vans were required to carry oxygen masks to resuscitate any dying tourists. But don't worry, as on the way up, they make many photo stops and one mate stop (where you stock...

  • Hanging up around the place

    By my short experience of one night there, you can, in the morning, go to the beach, go to the fancy avenues and go to the shopping ones.In the afternoon just stay about drinking a jug of beer in some fancy avenue.In the evening, however, there are cassinos to visit.

  • Coca tea...

    On the way up to Atacama there are a kind of restaurants by the road. Make a stop and drink a Coca(in) tea. It's harmless and it will help you out (?) with altitude. If instead of Lamas you start seeing girafas...probably you had too much tea....

  • Lamas land...

    There is a lot of animals in Atacama.Lama is one of them. Some of them are behave almost like a pet. They come to you and eat gently from your hand. Don't forget of to take with you some bread from the hotel / supermarket before you go to the Atacama.

  • The Pacifc Ocean

    For most europeans that have been in Brazil may take for sure that because of the latitud the sea water temperature it's similar. Big mistake. The beach at Arica it's long, in some of them you may find very good surf conditions, but the water is cold in spite of the hot air temperature. To get to any of the beaches you may take a taxi or just...

  • Lauca National Park

    Declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Lauca is the most accessible park in the Chilean Altiplano. Here you'll find Lago Chungara, one of the world's highest lakes, and wetlands habitat which home to a singular community of wildlife, including wild and domesticated american camels and over a hundred bird species. In the heart of the Chilean...

  • Altiplano - Atacama Desert

    Northern Chile is a land of extreme contrast, where two uniquely Andean environments, the Altiplano and the Atacama Desert, combine with unpredictable and overwhelmingly beautiful results. The vast and colorful Atacama Desert is said to be the driest desert in the world. In some parts of this desert, no precipitation has ever been recorded.

  • Take Geotour To Parque Nacional Lauca

    From Arica, we took a one day tour to Parque Lauca in the Chilean Andes. The cost with Geotour was 12000P/$20 each, including a decent lunch. It was a pretty long day with many stops. We went from sealevel to over 14000 feet, saw some fabulous landscapes, volcanos, animals (including alpaca, vicuna, guanaco and llama), unusual plantlife, Indian...

  • Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa

    This very interesting museum is located in an agricultural area east of Arica. Getting there is easy and cheap. Go to the corner of Lynch and Chacabuco in Arica and pick up a 'yellow taxi'. They will take you to the museum for 700P per person. If you are into Indian artifacts/bones/etc, this is a great place to spend a couple of hours. It was the...

  • Parque Nacional Lauca

    Located approximately 150 km east of Arica, the parc considers the pre-mountain range (3200 - 3800 m) and the plateau with prairies (the secano - dry - and the bofedal - wet) and volcanoes reaching 6300 meters.It is home of more than 60 different species of birds, many Llamas, Alpacas and Vicuñas, and of an interesting flora. The Chungara Lake with...

  • Arica y sus atracciones

    These are the points of interest when you are going to Arica:*The old building of the "Aduana", designed Eiffel's factory, inaugurated in 1874.*Arica's Morro, a giant rock, that reminds the triumph of the Chilean troops in the Pacific war (anyway, who cares about wars...)*Arica's Casino, the paradise for gamblers. :))(I think I discovered there...


Arica Hotels

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  • Diego de Almagro

    Ingeniero Raul Pey Casado 3105, Arica, Chile

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Arica Panamericana

    Avda Cdte San Martin 599

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • El Paso Park

    Avenida General Velasquez 1109, Arica, Chile, 0, C

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Arica Restaurants

  • Seafood yes, Spectacular No!

    We had heard about this so called fancy seafood restaurant in a Lonely Planet guidebook and since we were craving some good seafood after earlier inland travels throughout South America we figured this would be a good bet. It turns out that it was pretty good....but not spectacular. Our plates were not that impressive, but in all fairness is was...

  • Bar Restaurant YURI

    A nice place, very clean, small tables, relaxed ambience. FISH, SEAFRUITS!! endless!! The fish soup I had first was already enough at all, but I had already ordered a second dish, another fish menue and that was such a big plate full....I almost fainted of a proteine shock ;-P

  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    The 21 is located on the main commercial street. The other one is an old restaurant, but the kind of one that you think more than 3 times before you get in, not because of the price but because of how it looks like.I thought more than 3 before i decided to seat or not. But the food is ok.


Arica Nightlife

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  • Casino and...maybe a disco on the south...

    There is a Casino near the El Paso hotel. A very modest Casino. Casual clothes. Don't expect too much.Other thing that you may doo is to walk along the cafes , get an icecream and....go to a disco on the other side of the Morro ( the big sand hill )... As you please

  • Viva Las Vegas!

    It's not a spectacular casino, but it's fun,cheap, and you only need casual attire! Casual attireNo Tie required!

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Arica Transportation

  • Colectivo taxis to Peru

    If you want to go from Arica to Tacna in Peru the most convenient way is to take a colectivo taxi. We were able to negotiate one from the airport without having to go into town. All you need is four passengers who are wanting to cross over and away you go. It cost us 5000 pesos each for the fare and the taxi driver helped us with all the paperwork...

  • Airport to Arica

    Our flight from Iquique to Arica arrived late at night and I was wondering about getting into town. Not a problem. Taxi drivers were all over the arrival terminal. Didn't see any shuttles or buses. The ride to our downtown hotel was 5000P/$8US for two of us.A taxi anywhere in the city was 1000P. The 'yellow taxi' was 700P per person to the Azapa...

  • LanExpress

    There are about 5 flights a day To Arica, from Santiago Airport, or from Iquique Airport.The cheapest airfare is about USD120 Roundtrip departing from Santiago.


Arica Shopping

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    Feria Internacional Maximo Lira: Peruvian Markets!

    by aero198 Written Mar 2, 2003

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    It's a street market, where you can buy beautiful handcraft, an typical things, really cheap.

    What to pay: It's cheap.

    maximo lira

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Arica Warnings and Dangers

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    Chile - Peru Border

    by APaulo Written Aug 1, 2005

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    Chile- Peru border services are a litle bit slow. The officers check everything. Do not try to traffic anything at all. Special do not try to "jump" from one country to the other. Chile and Peru had several wars during the last century. Lots of places are full of land mines.

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Arica Off The Beaten Path

  • Altitude!

    We went to the Altiplano. It was possibly the best experience I have ever had, I would recommend it to anyone who has the chance. The wildlife is amazing - vicunas and llamas are everywhere, and the scenery is unique. The locals are very friendly and helpful. The toilets in Socorama are the icing on the cake! ;)

  • Putre and Parque Nacional Lauca

    From Arica, I took a bus to Putre, which lies close to the Parque Nacional Lauca. It was an amazing service, I got lunch and all :). Putre is a nice place to relax, but other then that there is not much to do around here. The next day I hiked a few hours around Putre. After realizing the scenery was much like that in Southern Bolivia, I decided to...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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