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Cruises To Arica

Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its verdant valleys and sublime climes, Arica is a lush city amid the Atacama Desert where humans have been living for the past 10,000 years. Look out for Morro de Arica, important not only to the history of the region but a great view for those who make it to the top of this hill on the harbor. Explore more of Arica on a South America cruise!


  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Arica
    Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    CLT (Chile Standard Time)
    UTC/GMT -3 hours
  • Language
    The local language is Spanish. Say "how much does this cost?" in Spanish: "cuánto cuesta esto?"
  • Currency & Shopping
    Chilean Peso (CLP)
    Souvenirs, artisan works and clothing.
    • Famous For
      You can’t miss Morro de Arica, a steep, 450-foot hill overlooking the city and sea, where the Chilean army defeated Peruvian forces in 1880.
    • Fun Fact #1
      See some of the oldest mummies in the world, buried up to 2,000 years before the Egyptians, at a tiny museum below Morro de Arica.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      You'll find roasted meats on the menu, quite possibly alpaca, as well as fresh seafood. Quinoa is also widely used in risottos and in timbals.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      The magnificent cathedral was designed by Gustave Eiffel, creator of the Eiffel Tower. The structure was built in parts in Paris, and assembled in Arica.
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