Where to go in Arica?
Aduana de Arica
The Casa de la Cultura de Arica is housed in the old Customs house, which was declared a National Monument in 1977. It was built in 1874, surviving the tidal wave of 1877.
From the second floor terraces, which can be reached by a spiral staircase, you will have a fine view of Morro de Arica. Another interesting feature of this building is that it was prefabricated in the workshops of Gustave Eiffel et Cie in Paris, and shipped to Chile to be assembled here.
In front of this building, in the Parque Aduana, a German-built locomotive can be seen, vintage 1924, which was used on the Arica-La Paz line.
The station building was constructed in 1913. It is located beside the Aduana, also a National Monument, overlooking a square where a German-built locomotive, vintage 1924, is exhibited to the public.
Catedral San Marcos
Construction of the cathedral began in 1871, and was completed in 1875. It is in the neo-classical style and stands on a terrace facing the Pacific Ocean.
It was built by Gustave Eiffel, like the Aduana, in 1876. Its foundations were laid on those of the Iglesia Matriz, destroyed by an earthquake in 1868. Inside is kept an image of Christ dating back to the 12th Century. The structure is of metal and it was assembled in Arica. It was declared a National Monument in 1984.
Morro de Arica
The Morro de Arica is located on the sea front and is 190 m high. It can be seen from any point in Arica, and from the top there is a view over the whole city, the beaches and the Pacific Ocean.
There is a small square here, where weapons such as cannons are exhibited. You can also find the Museo Histórico y de Armas, containing reminders of the War of the Pacific such as uniforms, arms and equipment.
It was declared a National Monument in 1971, as a historical site.
This much-frequented resort offers various places of entertainment for the tourist, including restaurants, pubs and other attractions for a day at the beach, such as the hire of beach buggies, and a gigantic water-slide.
The beach is 1.7 km long, with a promenade from which you can appreciate the natural beauties of the Chilean coastline. The water is smooth, with a clean sand bottom. You can hire a water-scooter or practice a variety of other water sports, such as a body-surfing.
Ex Isla Alacrán
A guano deposit island near the Morro de Arica, separate from the continent until 1967 when it was linked to the mainland. Traces of pre-Hispanic peoples were found here. Later, an attempt was made to build fortifications, but these were swept away by the tidal wave of 1868. The cannons used in this failed project were placed on the Morro de Arica.
It was declared a National Monument in 1985. There is now a historical and nautical museum there.
Years ago this house was the Peruvian Consulate in Arica. It was restored in 1994 and again in 1996. Today it is used as a venue for cultural and artistic activities.
Casino de Arica
The casino is located downtown near the main National Monuments of the city, the Aduana and Edificio Estación, at the corner of General Velásquez and Juan Noé. It has gaming rooms and gambling machines. Restaurants, a bar, dancing, and shows are also available.
Costanera Norte de Arica
The Costanera Norte is a walkway which passes along the whole southern shoreline of the city. It begins in the Morro de Arica, and passes through the Ex Isla Alacrán, the Club de Yates, and other places, to finish at the El Laucho, La Lisera and Playa Brava beaches.
Pueblo Artesanal José Raúl Naranjo Meneses
This handicrafts center is located on the road to Valle de Azapa between the Manuel Castillo Ivaceta and Adolfo Arenas Córdoba roundabouts, and is a replica of the village of Parinacota.
Woolen goods, pottery, carved stones, ocarinas and other objects made by the local people can be purchased here.
The town was built by municipal decree on November 28, 1979, with the idea of bringing together all handicraft activity, providing workshops for the sculptors and creating an attractive and interesting place for the tourists.