Dangers & Annoyances

While Arica is a very safe city, it has a reputation for pickpockets. Be especially cautious at bus terminals and beaches.

Embassies & Consulates


There are numerous 24-hour ATMs as well as casas de cambio (which change US dollars, Peruvian, Bolivian and Argentine currency, and euros) along the pedestrian mall (21 de Mayo).


Post Office On a walkway between Pedro Montt and Prat.

Tourist Information

Conaf Carries useful information about Región I (Tarapacá) national parks. To get there, take micro 9 or colectivo 7, 2 or 23 from downtown (CH$600).

Fundación Altiplano

Sernatur Helpful office with info on Arica and the surrounding region.