Arica is blessed with a variety of landscapes, from brown-sugar beaches to dry desert and lush mountains. Dive into the history of Arica at museums housing the world’s oldest-known mummies or marvel at a national park and its snow-capped volcanoes.
Things to do in Arica
Explore Paseo 21 de Mayo, Arica’s city centre, where pedestrian-friendly streets are lined with cafes and locals selling beautiful jewellery. If you’d rather lounge on the beach, visit Playa Chinchorro, La Lisera or La Liserilla to enjoy a day of water sports and beach football.
Visit Museo de Armas to browse its fascinating collection of weapons, including old muskets and battle gear from the 19th century. Those fascinated by what lies below the waters off the coast of Arica should visit the Museum of the Sea, where you can admire displays of unique sea creatures and shells.
History enthusiasts shouldn’t leave Arica without visiting the MUSEOA Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa in nearby Azapa. Here you’ll discover the history of the mummies of Chinchorro and can get up close to the oldest-known mummified human remains dating back 2,000 years prior to the famous mummies of Egypt.
Looking for an outdoor adventure? Take a guided tour of Lauca National Park. The beautiful expanse of land boasts snow-capped volcanoes, two high-altitude lakes and a mountain where you begin your ascent in Chile and reach its summit across the border in Bolivia.
Getting around Arica
Chacalluta International Airport is a 30-minute drive from Arica’s city centre, while long-distance buses travel from La Paz, Cochabamba and Oruro. You can explore most places in Arica on foot, although buses and taxis are also available.