About 190,000 people call Arica in Arica y Parinacota home.
From Arica, Santiago is approximately 1050 miles (1690 kilometers) to the south from here and La Paz, Bolivia is about 200 miles (322 kilometers) to the northeast.
Arica is home to many fine beaches perfect for soaking up the sun. Chinchorro Beach and Las Machas Beach are two of the more well-known local beachside haunts in this region. Other fine beaches worth checking out are Laucho Beach and La Lisera Beach.
To enjoy a little time travel in your trip, include a visit to the Archaeological and Anthropological Museum of San Miguel de Azapa on your trip list and discover the history of the area. One of the most popular history museums in the Arica area, it’s a must-see attraction. Another popular destination is the Museo Historico y de Armas.
Escape the bustling streets by planning a trip to the local nature parks, such as El Morro or Lluta Valley. These two ecological havens are delightful places where you can check out local animals and plants.
If you and your kids are into nautical history, make sure you stop by the Arica Sea Museum. It's one of the most interesting museums in the area, so set aside an afternoon to examine fine examples of ship models and replicas relating to the region’s nautical past.
When the weather’s fine, pay a visit to Parque Baquedano, a place where locals come to breathe in the fresh air. It is one of those special places where visitors of all ages come together to enjoy the fresh air and greenery.
An old religious gathering place, one of the most popular of the many historic sites in this city, is the Iglesia de San Marcos. Walk around this captivating building, learn about its past and discover why it is so popular with visitors and locals.
Popular Plaza Colon is the perfect place to rest those weary feet and to experience the seasonal colors of Arica. Take a few photographs for the folks at home and spend a while people watching before heading off to explore the surrounding architecture.
It doesn't matter how many fabulous sights you’ve squeezed into your itinerary; no stay in this city is complete without checking out the Aduana and the Arica Culture House.