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Arica

(3.5/5 based on 3,200+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, museums, beaches

City of the Eternal Spring

The northernmost city in the country, Arica hugs the Chile-Peru border. This city of around 200,000 has an important port that serves a large section of the region across national lines. Tourism in Arica largely focuses on the city's sandy beaches, popular with surfers and beachgoers alike. Venture a little farther on your trip to Arica to explore its position at the confluence of two fertile valleys, where natural sights include lakes, thermal pools, and agricultural fields. Getting to and from Arica is easy, with the Pan-American Highway joining the town, as well as rail links to Peruvian and Bolivian cities. Plan your tour of Arica and Chile travel itinerary using our Chile holiday planner.
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The city of Arica primarily attracts visitors because of its beaches, although some also pass through on their way to or from other regional destinations. Beachgoers and adventurers alike will find suitable places to stay in Arica. Along the coast, choose from resort-style lodgings and pristine high-rise hotels, jutting out from the main coastal roads. The town center provides hotels and guesthouses ranging from simple to luxurious, with grander options lining the main boulevards and simpler fare dotted along the side streets. For onward travel connections, consider staying by the station or the Pan-American Highway.
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