The most northern city of Chile is Arica or also known as the City of Eternal Spring. It is a city where you with wonderful coastal activities, exciting Arica adventure tours, amazing sightseeing tours Arica of attractions and beaches to relax on.
A visit to Arica offers all varieties of activities for everyone to enjoy. The sun seekers have stunning beaches for sunbathing and relaxing. Thrill seekers have surfing, bodyboarding, climbing, abseiling, parasailing, trekking and more.
For anyone interested in history and culture, there are excellent Arica guided tours of a range of many Museums, a Cathedral and galleries. There are surprises to be found in many of these attractions.
When you come to the end of your busy and active day, the local cuisine is the perfect pleasure. The mix of dishes and flavours in the city are a reflection on its streets rich diversity. Eating a delicious meal watching the stunning sunset, what more could you wish for? Read More...
Explore the Mystic Morro De Arica With City Historical Tours Arica
The most obvious of the historical city tours Arica offers is that of the Morro de Arica. It is the most significant and iconic symbol of the city and declared a National Monument. It is a hill of 190 meters high located on the seafront. Learn the history connected to this hill as you look out on the amazing view of the city and ocean below.
Great Arica adventure tours start from this city as it is easy to reach such places as Lauca National Park with the world’s 31st highest mountain lake. Alternatively, visit ruins of ancient cultures with any number of private Arica tours.
Top 10 Things to Do in Arica
Morro de Arica
The top attraction to visit with city tours Arica is the Morro de Arica. This is a steep hill that reaches approximately 190 meters high. There is so much fascinating history which is attached to this hill such as it being the last point of defence for the Peruvian army during the War of the Pacific. It was declared a National Monument and is the iconic symbol of the city with spectacular views from its summit, a bonus.
St. Mark’s Cathedral Arica
The Catholic church found when on city tours Arica is called San Marcos Cathedral or St. Mark’s Cathedral or Arica Cathedral and it is a stunning building to see especially when lit up at nighttime. The creator of the Eiffel tower was also the designer of this building and it is made of concrete and metal structures except for the wooden doors. It was inaugurated in 1876 and was declared a national monument in 1984.
Archaeological Museum San Miguel de Azapa
Arica guided tours of Archaeological Museum San Miguel de Azapa are amazing due to the cultural heritage found here. There are over 10 thousand years of culture and history to be explored including anthropological vestiges with native flora and fauna surrounding them, petroglyphs, exhibitions split into 3 sections that graph the population's development with over 20 thousand pieces to aid the exhibit visibly.
Cuevas de Anzota
Enjoy amazing sightseeing tours Arica of Cuevas de Anzota. Explore these caves which are within the cliffs perched high above the sea. The views are spectacular with the Ocean to your west and the desert to the east. The walks in the cave are on well marked out trails and you learn fascinating facts from your tour guide such as how ancient cultures rock climbed to gather bird manure to trade with the Incas!
Museo Momias Chinchorro
Take a visit to see the oldest mummies in the world when you take Arica guided tours of Museo Momias Chinchorro. These mummies are said to be twice the age of the mummies found in Egypt. These are fascinating to see however they are also heartbreaking see as there are mummies of stillborn babies which their mothers kept. With your very knowledgeable tour guides, you learn so much about the Chinchorro culture.
Museo de Sitio Colon 10
Just below the El Morro / Morro de Arica are 32 Chinchorro mummies which were excavated that are in situ in a tiny museum. They were only discovered by accident when an architect bought this private home intending to convert it into a hotel. All the mummies are in glass protecting cases as they were found which was in the sand under the floor, with their funerary bundles and in all different positions.
Ex Aduana De Arica
Enjoy another one of the city tours Arica with a visit to the Ex Aduana De Arica which is now the Culture House headquarters but once the Customs building. It is worth a visit because it is one of three buildings by Gustavo Eiffel, manufactured by workshops and then assembled in the place on the foundations. The bricks were stamped with Eiffel’s name on the not visible side. Nowadays see exhibits, arts or live music.
Arica adventure tours are the exceptional way to explore Chungara Lake and from Arica is the main access road. Lake Chungara is the 31st highest lake in the world and found in the Lauca National Park. See the majestic landscape, exotic flora and fauna found around the lake that is 4571 meters above sea level. The snowy peaks of the mountains are on all sides and especially great for bird watchers are the rare bird species
Water Sports Activities
Arica Adventure tours include all water sports activities and when you are in the city of Arica and its surrounding coastal areas, the quantity and quality of these tours are second to none. This city is a well-known surfing region and body boarding. There is also diving, snorkelling, fishing, sailing, paragliding, kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing and if that is not enough leisurely and relaxing boat tours.
Lauca National Park
The Lauca National Park is a fascinating place to visit for Arica adventure tours or relaxing sightseeing tours Arica. Not far from Arica, you can reach this park easily on tours. Visit the villages and settlements which make you feel like you have stepped back in time, explore the caves, lagoons, archaeological sites, volcanoes and do any of the wide range of activities which are available in Lauca National Park.
Travel Tips for Arica
Best Time To Visit
The is no time in Arica that is a bad time to visit and this is mainly due to the fact that the weather is good all year round. The best months for water sports activities is during the months of January and February. While every other month is perfect for Arica adventure tours or sightseeing tours Arica. The prices maybe higher during the months of December, January and February.
The prices for travellers visiting the city of Arica is very reasonable if compared its capital and other major South American cities. To get great value for money, ask locals for recommendations on traditional restaurants as these are a lot cheaper and in most cases offer delicious cuisine. The price of accommodation can vary dramatically with the standard you are looking at.
Know Before Visiting
The top tip when booking any trip is to book as far in advance of the trip as possible. This is also the case for any sightseeing tours Arica has to offer or Arica adventure tours, the better the prices are, the earlier you book. When in Arica, even though it is a safe city, be careful of pickpockets especially in popular tourist attraction locations. At night do not walk alone
The weather in and around the city of Arica is good all year round and unlike other cities which have arid climates as Arica has, it rarely sees extreme temperatures. Arica is known for being the Earths driest inhabited place with the least amount of rain throughout the year. The warmest month is usually February with average temperature of 27ºC and July is the coolest at 18ºC