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Top Choice Museum in Arica

Museo de Sitio Colón 10

See the 32 excavated Chinchorro mummies in situ at this tiny museum below El Morro. They were discovered when an architect bought this former private home with the intention of converting it into a hotel. You can ga…
Top Choice Chilean in Arica

Los Aleros de 21

One of Arica's best restaurants serves up excellent grilled meat and seafood dishes amid wood paneling and an old-fashioned ambience. Service is generally quite good, and there's a decent wine list too.
Viewpoint in Arica

El Morro de Arica

This imposing coffee-colored shoulder of rock looms 110m over the city. It makes a great place to get your bearings, with vulture-eye views of the city, port and Pacific Ocean. This lofty headland was the site of a …
Train in Arica

Ferrocarril Arica-Poconchile

One part of the old rail line that linked Arica with La Paz, Bolivia, has been restored, allowing you to ride a tourist train that runs once a week between Arica and the Lluta Valley town of Poconchile, some 37km to…
Natural Feature in Arica

Cuevas de Anzota

About 10km south of the center, the serene beaches give way to an area of jagged cliffs, rocky shorelines and caves that were used by the Chinchorro culture some 9000 years ago. A new coastal walk takes you through …
Church in Arica

Catedral de San Marcos

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 Eiff…
Food & Drinks in Arica

Frutos Rojos

This atmospheric little shop sells nuts and dried fruits, juices, coca leaves, yerba maté, teas and almond-stuffed nuts and olive oil from the Azapa Valley. It's a great place to sample the produce from the region. …
Fusion in Arica


Across the street from Playa Chinchorro, Rayú has earned a strong following for its creative menu that fuses Italian and Peruvian dishes. The upscale, open-air space makes a fine setting to linger over mouthwatering…
Cafe in Arica

Baristta Coffee

Arica's best coffee is poured at this hip upstairs cafe with a spacious outdoor patio made of reclaimed wood. You choose the preparation style – V60, Chemex, Syphon or Aeropress – or straight-up espresso. There are …
Italian in Arica


A bit outside the center, open-sided Lucano has an easygoing charm with checkered tablecloths, outdoor tables and a soundtrack of American soul, funk and vintage jazz. The pizzas are good and pair nicely with Guayac…