Arica is located at the mouth of the Azapa Valley, 2,051 KM. North of Santiago, and 19 KM South of the Peruvian Border.
It has natural water and vegetation, unique in the North. This contributed to the early existence of the native population.
The city of “San Marcos de Arica” was the ancient home of a tribe of Indians, whose leader was named Ariaca, who gave the city its name today. The historical records point to it as the resting place of the Incas and Aymaras.

Morro de Arica

Our Morro is a rocky cliff overlooking the sea, 190 meters high. It offers a panoramic view of the harbor and the city. At the top is a large square with several monuments that recall the Pacific War and the Assault and Capture of the Morro by Chilean troops on June 7, 1880. Among them are the bust of Colonel Pedro Lagos, the monument of the Unknown Soldier and the Cristo de la Paz statue .

San Marcos Cathedral

The Cathedral was built on a terrace overlooking the port. Construction was started in 1871 and was completed in 1875.
On the initiative of the President of Peru, Jose Balta, Gustavo Eiffel of Paris was commissioned to design and construct it. It was built in the same location of the original church that was destroyed by the Earthquake of 1868. It is a work inspired by the Neoclassical Style, at a time when Europe applied new materials such as cast iron to old styles of art.

Parinacota Volcano - Lake Chungará

The Parinacota Volcano, with its 6,342 meters of altitude, is typical of the Atacama Desert. It is located west of Arica and within Lauca National Park in the Chilean-Bolivian Highlands. Together with the Pomerape Volcano, the two volcanoes form the Nevados Pachayatas, which are gods to the people of the highlands.

Their proximity allows us to find places as beautiful as the legendary town of Parinacota, known for its beautiful old church, Lake Chungara at 4,500 meters above sea level, which among its inhabitants include the birds Tagua-Tagua, Chinchillas, Vizcachas, Vicuñas, and pink flamingos adorning the lake with their beautiful plumage. The fauna are very scarce but are one of the great charms of the desert.


In the wetland of Arica, there is a magic ritual provided by nature: birds you can only see at certain times according to the seasons.

The wetland is located at the mouth of Lluta River Valley at the foot of the same valley. It covers approximately an area of 300 hectars, including various types of habitats such as beaches, lagoons, rivers and reed. This sector has great ecological and touristic value, due to its rich flora and fauna. It is also a resource of economic, cultural, scientific and recreational value to the locality.

Chinchorro Culture Mummies

Located at 12 KM from the Azapa Valley, their displays tell a visual story of 10 thousand years of culture: a park outside of petroglyphs, inside the exhibition chronologically from the time of the hunters and fishermen of the pre-Chinchorro culture.

Other Attractions

• Former Customs Building
• Museum of San Miguel de Azapa
• Azapa Valley
• Lluta Valley
• Petroglyphs
• National Park and Lake Chungará Lauca
• Pukara
• Plaza Colón
• Arica-La Paz Railroad Station
• Scorpion Island
• Historical Arms Museum
• Bolognesi House
• Chinchorro Beach
• Lisera Beach
• Laucho Beach
• Corazones Beach
• Corazones Caves Beach