Welcome to Around Arica
There's a new frontier for adventurous travelers who want to get off the beaten path near Arica: a string of isolated villages that necklaces the Andean foothills. A series of rough gravel roads connects these pretty traditional hamlets in the precordillera, including Belén, Saxamar, Tignamar and Codpa. Highlights include colonial churches, ancient agricultural terraces and pukarás (pre-Hispanic fortifications). There's been a recent effort to develop heritage tourism in this Andean region; the project is being promoted as the 'mission route.' This has been headed up by Fundación Altiplano, a foundation that is trying to promote sustainable development of these nearly forgotten Andean communities.