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The gorgeous town of Arica is really as lovely because it is diverse. You are able to lie around the beach drinking inspiring local concoctions, and hike the paths from the glorious Lauca National Park in within 24 hours. The park's mountain tops achieve levels of 14 1000 ft and provide hiking fanatics probably the most exhilarating trails the world needs to offer. The Cathedral of San Marcos is an excellent guy-made achievement, and also the Salar p Surire National Monument is spectacular. Arica can be found in the northernmost sector of Chile, more than one 1000 miles north of Santiago. Merely a couple of miles in the Peruvian border, Arica includes a warm climate along with a unique landscape that's certain to please every type of tourist. 170,000 people inhabit the town, and Arica is among the least expensive tourist locations in South Usa. Additionally, the town and it is area are virtually rain free, going through minimal precipitation of anywhere on the planet. Additionally, it comes with an incredibly low crime rate and is an excellent mixture of modern tourist points of interest and ancient culture.

Where You're Cruise Ship Docked
Docking and Local Transportation Cruise ships pier in the Port of Arica situated at Máximo Lira 389. Taxis are waiting to consider you to definitely your destination within the city.
 
Arica is a reasonably compact city, so you'll probably walk in one place to a different. However, you can engage in Arica's taxi run, too

Things To See and Do
 
Torres Del Paine National Park
One of Chile's most spectacular natural areas and popular travel destinations is the Torres del Paine National Park. More than 100 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Natales in southern Patagonia, this stunning area encompasses mountains, glaciers, and countless lakes and rivers. The most important region of the park is the Cordillera del Paine, an area that marks the transition from the Patagonia steppe to the subpolar forests of the north. Perhaps the most notable of its many wonderful features are the three 2,850-meter-tall granite peaks of the Paine Massif, which dominate this already breathtaking scenery. Hiking is one of the park's most popular activities, with numerous well-marked trails, many offering overnight shelters (refugios) with the basics needed for longer treks that circle the mountains. Hot Tip: If you're planning on anything more than a day's hiking, professional guides are recommended and, in some areas, mandatory.
Address: Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Official site: www.torresdelpaine.com/ingles/

Valle de la Luna and the Atacama Desert
Valle de la Luna, which means Moon Valley, lies 13 kilometers west of San Pedro de Atacama at the north end of the country near its border with Bolivia. This rugged, inhospitable looking landscape in the heart of the Atacama Desert attracts many visitors for its eerie resemblance to the surface of the moon, an effect caused by the erosion of its sand and stone features by wind and water over countless millennia. Despite its remoteness, this surprisingly beautiful landscape has sustained life for centuries, both human as well as that of numerous species of flora and fauna. Among its most interesting features are its dry lake beds (this is, after all, one of the driest places on the planet), which are white, due to deposited salt, and prone to producing fascinating natural saline outcrops. Other notable features of the Atacama Desert are the region's many caverns, some containing evidence of pictographs created by early man and where some of the world's oldest mummies, preserved by the area's aridity, were found (the most famous of these, the Chinchorro mummies, are now on display at the archaeological museum in San Miguel de Azapa).
 
Easter Island
First visited by Europeans in 1722, the magnificent yet remote Easter Island - so named by a Dutch Explorer who first set eyes on it on Easter Sunday - has been inhabited for thousands of years by Polynesians. Despite being more than 3,500 kilometers away from mainland Chile, this fascinating island with its remarkable stone sculptures remains the country's most recognizable attraction. All told, 887 of these statues, known as Moai, created by the island's early Rapa Nui population, have been identified, most of them now protected by Rapa Nui National Park (the island itself has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The most impressive collection is at Ahu Tongariki where 15 of them have been re-erected on the island's largest Moai platform, or "ahu." Also of interest are the many "hare paenga" ruins near ahu sites consisting of stones that once formed the foundation of boat-shaped houses. Other highlights include the Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum in Hanga Roa, the island's main community, notable for its exhibits relating to the history of the Polynesian islanders and their traditions. Hot Tip: Visiting Easter Island is best done as part of a Chilean vacation, with regular flights available from Santiago or Tahiti (flight times are approximately five hours, so expect to stay at least a couple of days).
 
Santiago Chile's Cultural Capital
Santiago is not only the financial and business capital of Chile, it also serves as the country's cultural and entertainment center and is home to its best museums and galleries, along with excellent shopping, dining, and hotel options. Centrally located and the country's main transportation hub, Santiago is where most visitors begin their Chilean travels before heading to the Andes or other areas of outstanding natural beauty. The smartest travelers, though, will allow time to get to know Santiago. Founded in 1541 and relatively crowd-free, the city features highlights such as the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, a state-of-the-art cultural center occupying part of the impressive Palacio de la Moneda, and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, established in the 1880s with a focus on Chilean artists and boasting a large permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, and photos. Other must-sees are the excellent Museum of pre-Columbian Art, featuring collections relating to the country's native people, and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights commemorating those who suffered under the Pinochet regime. A highlight of any visit to Santiago is taking the aerial tramway to San Cristóbal Hill for its stunning views over this most hospitable of cities.
 
Chile's Lake District
Stretching for more than 330 kilometers from Temuco to Puerto Montt and resembling the alpine regions of Europe, Chile's Lake District is well worth exploring. Like its alpine cousin, this beautiful region of Andean foothills boasts rich farmland at the base of its many snowcapped volcanoes, ringed by thick forests and the kind of deep lakes that water sports enthusiasts drool over. And the connection to Europe doesn't end there. After the forced resettlement of the region's indigenous people, the Mapuche, farmers from Switzerland, Austria, and Germany arrived, bringing with them aspects of their own culture that can still be seen in the architecture of towns like Osorno and Valdivia, as well as in the region's customs and festivals. For adventure seekers, the area offers endless hiking and biking potential, along with other fun activities such as volcano climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, and, come winter, skiing.
 
Valparaíso
Chile's third largest city, Valparaíso, is nestled between the sea and the coastal mountain range about 112 kilometers northwest of Santiago and makes for an excellent day trip. As popular for its many old cobbled streets and unique architecture as it is for its lovely harbor and beaches, the city offers a great deal to see and do. Many tourist attractions focus on the country's rich maritime heritage, including Lord Cochrane's Museum, in a lovely colonial home built in 1842, and the superb Naval and Maritime Museum with its displays dealing with the War of the Pacific of 1879 between Chile and allied Peru and Bolivia, with particular emphasis on the contributions of Chile's war heroes. A related attraction is the Ironclad Huáscar in the Port of Talcahuano some 600 kilometers south of Santiago. Talcahuano's beautiful harbor - home to Chile's navy - is the base for this immaculately restored historic vessel built in 1865 in Britain and one of the only surviving such battleships of her kind.
 
Lauca National Park
Lauca National Park can be found above 14 1000 ft, and it is a number of regal peaks that has bird-watching tours and spectacular hiking adventures. Local people are quick to indicate the hikes in Lauca Park carry an altitude sickness advisory, and when you're in a delicate condition you shouldn't risk going towards the levels of Lauca's mountain tops. But when you're in a healthy body, the paths are magnificent, and can certainly provide you with an amazing quantity of great photo possibilities. Exotic animals varying from llamas to condors occupy this territory and live free from human interference, aside from the periodic hiking tourist, obviously.
 
In the far north of Chile, just 140 kilometers east of the city of Arica, Lauca National Park covers an area of 1,300 square kilometers and consists largely of high plains and mountain ranges, many of the latter consisting of large volcanoes. Highlights include its many pristine mountain lakes, most notably Cotacotani and Chungara, which reflect the scenery around them to stunning effect. The park also features a number of important archaeological sites, as well as evidence of the early European settlers who left their mark in the region's many fine old colonial churches and buildings. It's also especially popular for birdwatchers and is home to more than 140 species including Andean geese, crested ducks, Chilean flamingos, and the massive Andean condor. Another beautiful area popular with nature lovers is Conguillío National Park, also in the Araucanía Region of the Andes. Address: Putre, Arica y Parinacota
 
The Salar p Surire National Monument is really a location that pays homage towards the land and it is glory and hosts an incredible Flamingo community. You can observe the Flamingos roam about any season, as well as their gorgeous color is really a striking contrast towards the grasslands their current address.

Pumalín Park
Although only established as a nature sanctuary in 2005, Pumalín Park has become one of Chile's most important and popular conservation areas. Covering a vast area of some 715,000 acres stretching from the Andes to the Pacific, the area boasts some of the country's most pristine coastline and forests and is notable for being almost entirely untouched by human development. In addition to protecting the area's rich flora and fauna, including the Alerce, the world's oldest tree species, the park - owned and operated by the US-based Conservation Land Trust - is easily accessible to visitors and provides one of the country's best wilderness experiences. Thanks to its extensive network of trails, campgrounds, and visitor facilities, Pumalín Park is a delight to explore, whether for a short nature hike or as part of a longer ecotourism adventure including a stay at cabin-style accommodations overlooking one of the world's most beautiful, unspoiled backdrops.Address: Klenner 299, Puerto Varas, X Región
Official site: www.parquepumalin.cl/en/index.htm

Los Pingüinos Natural Monument
In addition to its national parks, more of Chile's important conservation efforts can be seen in its many natural monuments. One of the most popular is Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, just 35 kilometers northeast of the city of Punta Arenas at the southern tip of the island and incorporating the beautiful Magdalena and Marta Islands. As its name suggests (pingüinos is Spanish for penguins), the monument is home to one of Chile's largest penguin colonies, consisting of some 60,000 breeding pairs of Magellanic penguins. Accessible only by guided boat tours, the islands are also home to large colonies of seals and sea lions. Another of Chile's important natural monuments is El Morado, an easy drive from Santiago and site of the San Francisco Glacier and the 4,674-meter-tall Cerro El Morado mountain.
 
The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
Near the northern port city of Iquique in the remote Pampa Desert and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, this fascinating ghost town was once home to a bustling community. For more than 60 years from about 1880, thousands of Chilean, Bolivian, and Peruvian workers toiled in this hostile environment in some 200 saltpeter mines, in the process forming a distinct culture and way of life that has been preserved here. Although derelict since 1960, the site offers a fascinating glimpse into the tough conditions faced by these "pampinos," with many of the site's larger structures still standing and able to be explored. Professional guides are recommended given the area's remoteness and harsh climate.
 
Geoglyphs
Orange or yellow obelisks with red Indian symbols mark several archaeological sites in the Azapa and Lluta valleys, including gravesites, pukarás (pre-Columbian fortresses), and geoglyphs, giant depictions of people or animals scratched into the mountain or assembled in stones. Peru's Nazca Lines (200 B.C.-800 A.D.), some 800km/496 miles north, are the world's best known geoglyphs. More varied and covering a greater area, between Chug-Chug (near Calama) and Nazca in Peru, the Atacama geoglyphs were thought to have been built much later, between 600 A.D. and 1500 A.D., and in addition to possessing ritual and symbolic significance, these geoglyphs also served as route markers for desert caravans.

The geoglyphs of the Lluta Valley are the best preserved; the closer they are to Arica, the more they've been vandalized, grimly proving the fragility of the sites and their lack of protection. Binoculars are handy for viewing geoglyphs in the Lluta Valley, high above the valley floor. You can get much closer to the geoglyphs in the Azapa Valley and see them more clearly. Across the valley from the museum, foundations remain of a pukará or village from the Tihuanaco period, with a great view of the emerald valley contrasting with the reddish desert.
Travelers who can't head to the Andean highlands for health reasons are able to do this excursion easily by booking a tour in Arica, but the Lluta geoglyphs will also be seen above the highway (Rte. 11) by those en route to Putre and the Lauca National Park -- just use the obelisks for orientation.

Beaches -- Chinchorro Beach is definitely an elegant whitesand dreamland which will capture your heart. The tranquil sea is an ideal temperature anytime of the season, and there's lots of space around the sand to bask under the sun and relish the warm Chilean mid-day. Small Boat Beach is really a 17-hundred-meter stretch of paradise that has good waves along with a reviving atmosphere. This can be a popular place for families, and also the surf is fantastic for boogie boardi
Dining and Night life
El Rey p Marisco (Colón 565, 58/229-232) may be the premier restaurant in Arica. The sea food and seafood are the most useful around, and also the snacks are outstanding too. Los Aleros p 21 is yet another popular place, situated at 21 P Mayo 736 (58/254-641).
 
Where To Eat in Arica?
 
Cafe del Mar may have provided the best surprise of my entire one week stay in Arica, Chile.  I had eaten at about six different restaurants before finally arriving at Cafe del Mar on the main pedestrian walkway.  Although this restaurant does not have the greatest service and the atmosphere is normal if not bland, the food makes up for it and more.  The crepes are enormous and loaded with taste, and the ice cream deserts are gigantic and dangerously easy to eat.  The price is right here as well.  For a crepe, a beer, and an ice cream to total cost still rang in under 10 dollars American a person, including a healthy tip.  This is, in my opinion, the best place to eat in the city, and maybe even all of Northern Chile.
(www.cafedelmararica.cl)
 
Maracuya is by far the classiest joint in Arica, and the best in terms of location.  This fancy restaurant sits on a ledge directly over top of the crashing waves of the pacific.  The service here is impeccable as well.  Two or three waiters will pleasantly serve to your every need and whim without hesitation.  The price too is not absurd for a restaurant with such great service either, a good meal and wine will only cost about 20 dollars a person.
 
Schoops -- This restaurant, which basically sits directly across the street from Cafe del Mar, is more known as a drinking destination than a restaurant.  Although the restaurant does serve large heart stopping meals of meat, fries, and egg, this place is more known for its giant beers.  A giant 3 litre ice cooled tower of beer will only run you about 9 dollars American, and will easily get your night started.
 
Soho -- Although the Soho is a ways from the downtown core of the city, it is worth the quick cab ride to get there.  This two-level bar gets going at about one in the morning and doesn’t stop until the sun reminds people to start heading home.  The dance floor is quite large, but can get crammed with sweaty hormone stricken dancers.  This place always seems to have a crowd and is usually busy from Monday to Saturday.
(http://www.discosoho.com)
 
Where to Shop in Arica?
With its proximity to Bolivia and Peru, a local Aymara Indian community, and thousands of years of history, you won't be surprised that Arica showcases plenty of Andean handicrafts. Stalls clog Bolognesi downtown, and a Bolivian-Peruvian market runs along Máximo Lira, between the entrance to the port and the Tacna train station. You'll find higher quality local products in the Pueblo Artesanal, a 12-hut replica of Parinacota, including a copy of its church that's worth a look. The high quality crafts include textiles, sculptures, alpaca knitwear, leather goods, and ceramics. The village entrance is at Hualles 2885, near the road entries to the Azapa Valley; it's open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 1pm and 3:30 to 7:30pm. Local products are absent from major supermarket chains, but available at Sabores de Arica downtown, on Bolognesi 317 (tel. 58/259101; www.saboresdearica.cl).
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