Arica is a port city in northern Chile, known for its surfing beaches. Near the center, a path climbs up to Morro Arica hill, which has sweeping views and the Museo Histórico y de Armas war museum. Designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel in metal and wood, Gothic San Marcos Cathedral dates from 1876.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to go to Arica in Chile is from January until December, in which you have a pleasant or warm temperature and barely rainfall.
Top Places to Visit in Arica
1. Morro de Arica
Morro of Arica is one of the major topographic attractions in the city. With 110 meters high, you can enjoy a clear view of the city and see the historical vestiges of the Pacific War (19th century) in the museum at the top. The Morro is part of the Costa Mountainchain and it was the main fort used during the Pacific War. You can also find the Ciudadela, East and Morro Gordo Forts and the Morro Bajo Naval Base. There are old cannons in display as well as the Pedro Lagos statue and the Unknown Soldier Monument.
2. Chinchorro Beach
Chinchorro Beach is a resort with warm water that is an ideal place to swim and practice aquatic sports, or simply enjoy walks by the pier. Also, Chinchorro Beach is a visual attraction beacuse of the boilers vestige (of a US ship) wretched during the tsunami in 1868.
3. San Lorenzo Pucara
San Lorenzo Pukara is an ancient fortress surrounded by a big rock wall, a vestige from the 12th century. It´s a significant place because it shows the Tiawanaku culture vestiges (the culture that changed the cultural stage in the region’s development). The San Lorenzo Pukara is on the terraces of an artificial valley, where you can see houses made of and also you can find houses made of cane.
4. San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum
Cultural patrimony with more than 10,000 years of history, the Archaeological Museum of San Miguel of Azapa is another place to visit in Arica. Located almost 10 kilometers from Azapa Valley, the museum has anthropological vestiges and a colorful native flora and fauna surroundings. With favorable weather conditions, outside the museum you can find petroglyphs (a chronological view from fishing time to hunters, before the Chinchorro mummies and the aymara sheherd) and take pictures of them with authorization. The exhibition has more than 20,000 archaeological pieces that show the human development, divided in 3 sections: land, sea and men and its crafts and agricultural production; you can also find explanations about their beliefs about magical and religious world.
5. St. Mark’s Cathedral
This Gothic-style church has a threefold claim to fame. First, it was designed by celebrated Parisian engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, before his success with the Eiffel Tower. Second, it was prefabricated in Eiffel’s Paris shop in the 1870s (at the order of the Peruvian president) then shipped right around the world to be assembled on site. Still more curious is the construction itself: the entire church is made of stamped and molded cast iron, coated with paint.