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Arica Highlights

Arica, Chile

Arica Highlights


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    hrs Estimate Duration

Begin with a drive through Arica’s busy town center en route to its most famous spot – El Morro, a high bluff overlooking the sea. Here, Chileans won one of the most decisive battles of the War of the Pacific, claiming Arica from Peru as a result. A small museum with war memorabilia sits in a plaza atop the hill, where you’ll also have a beautiful view of the port, the town, the valley and the coast, which extends to the Peruvian border. Continue your journey to the Azapa Valley, where several geoglyphs may be seen in the distance. These unique drawings of human and animal forms were created by Indians scratching the salty surface of the brightly colored rocks.

Stop to visit the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum, which contains a collection of items from pre-Inca cultures dating to 5,000 B.C. and some of the world’s oldest mummies. You’ll also stop at the Handicraft Village, a recreation of the Parinacota Village that contains exhibits of knitted articles, ceramics, pottery, carved stones and other items. On your return to Arica, a stop will be made at Colon Square, so you can see from a distance San Marcos Church, erected in 1876 in Gothic style to replace the old church, which was swept away by a tidal wave, and is being restored. This unique building was designed by famed French architect Gustave Eiffel and, except for the wooden doors, is constructed entirely of metal.

Need to Know:

Note: Tour involves approximately 34 steps to manage. Videography and flash photography are not permitted in the museum.

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Excursion Type:

Historical Landmarks

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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