Arica

Port Town with a Rich History

Chile's northernmost city, Arica is an important port and beach resort rich in history and ethnic diversity. Nicknamed the City of Eternal Spring for its invariably warm, dry climate, it is a popular summer vacation destination among Chileans and gateway to pre-Columbian treasures and stunning natural attractions.

The city's most distinguishing feature is the large hill that towers over it, called the Morro de Arica, site of a decisive battle during the War of the Pacific and now home to a commemorative arms museum. The summit affords bird's-eye views of the city and surrounding area, where there are fascinating museums and historic buildings waiting to be explored. At the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum one can glimpse a selection of the world's oldest mummies, belonging to the local Chinchorro culture and dating to 5000 BC, as well as various indigenous artifacts and a giant olive oil press. The Museum of the Sea displays 1,000 different species of seashells from Chile and all over the world, and the Arica-La Paz Train Station, built in 1913, contains a small railway memorabilia museum including a 1924 German steam locomotive. Arica also boasts two impressive wrought-iron constructions designed by Parisian engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the 1876 neo-Gothic San Marcos Church and the former Customs House, now home to the city's cultural center. The handsome old Bolognesi House, the Peruvian command center during the War of the Pacific and former Peruvian consulate, is also worth a visit.

Arica's warm ocean currents and stellar surf breaks draw plenty of beachgoers mid-December through February, and with over 12 miles of beaches here there's room for everyone. Some of the beaches are lined with restaurants and parks and perfect for jet-skiing, while others are wilder and more secluded.

Just outside the city lie the verdant Azapa and Lluta valleys with their fruit orchards, olive groves and interesting archaeological sites including pukarás (pre-Columbian fortresses), gravesites and giant geoglyphs depicting people and animals. Arica is also the principal gateway to the Lauca National Park of the Chilean altiplano, where strings of lakes and snowcapped volcanoes paint landscapes of singular beauty.

Since most of the visitors the city receives are from Chile or nearby Bolivia and Peru, the majority of hotels in Arica cater to the needs of local vacationers. Downtown Arica hotels are largely small residenciales; however there is also a smattering of pricey beachfront accommodations and backpackers' hostels.

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Avenida Ingeniero Raúl Pey Casado 3059, Arica, Chile
Located only five minutes from both the beach of Chinchorro and the casino, this apart hotel is conveniently situated for pleasure...
from USD 118 per night
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Patricio Lynch #750, Arica, Chile
Review Score 9.0
Hotel Costa Pacífico is a relatively new hotel located in the heart of Arica. It boasts twenty very well furnished guest rooms,...
from USD 83 per night
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Avenida Prat 588, Arica, Chile
Hotel Las Palmas II is a budget hotel located in the heart of Arica. The hotel is approximately ten minutes walking distance from the...
from USD 25 per night
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Calle Colón # 665, Arica, Chile
Review Score 7.0
Located in the heart of Arica, close to both the beach and downtown, Hotel Mar Azul offers single, double and twin rooms with en suite...
from USD 26 per night
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Camino Azapa 3221, Arica, Chile
Review Score 7.0
Hotel Del Valle Azapa is a 3-star hotel located in the coastal town of Arica. It offers squash and tennis courts, indoor and outdoor...
from USD 85 per night
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Pasaje 15 N° 921, Arica, Chile
Review Score 8.0
The family-run Residencial Tres Soles offers travelers friendly service and comfortable lodging in a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere....
from USD 20 per night
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Sotomayor #430, Arica, Chile
Residencial América is a quiet, family-friendly hotel in the northern town of Arica. There are singles, doubles, twins, triples and...
from USD 41 per night
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Ingeniero Raúl Pey Casado # 3105, Arica, Chile
Review Score 9.0
This beachfront hotel in Arica Park is located near the soccer stadium Carlos Dittborn, one of the venues of the World Cup held in Chile...
from USD 110 per night
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Avenida Capitán Ávalos #2041, Arica, Chile
Review Score 7.0
The 3-star Sol de Arica hotel boasts modern and comfortable guest rooms and a convenient location for those planning to visit the Azapa...
from USD 56 per night
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Rafael Sotomayor #490, Arica, Chile
Amaru is a hotel with spacious common areas and well-appointed guest rooms in the town of Arica. There are computers for guest use in...
from USD 55 per night
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Av. Comandante San Martin 1020, Arica, Chile
Review Score 6.0
Located right at the Arica beachfront, Hotel Saint Gregory provides accommodation with cable TV and free Wi-Fi. From the pool and...
from USD 54 per night
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General Lagos 571, Arica, Chile
Review Score 8.0
Behind the distinctive façade of the Hotel Americano there is a quiet yet vibrant American-inspired atmosphere awaiting travelers...
from USD 64 per night
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Sotomayor # 367, Arica, Chile
Review Score 7.0
Located near to the heart of downtown Arica, steps from the major tourist attractions of the city, this quaint hotel offers a pleasant...
from USD 42 per night
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Yungay # 38, Arica, Chile
Review Score 7.0
The Savona is a convenient lodging choice in Arica as it is within walking distance of all the attractions in town. The two-story,...
from USD 52 per night
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Sotomayor # 848, Arica, Chile
Review Score 9.0
Jardin Del Sol is a comfortable hostel in the coastal town de Arica. It offers a range of guided tours, hiking or biking excursions,...
from USD 30 per night
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Andrés Bello 1387, Arica, Chile
Review Score 7.0
Hotel Casa Kolping is a small, comfortable hotel located in a quiet residential neighborhood of Arica. The hotel is about seven blocks...
from USD 40 per night
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Calle O'Higgins 661, Arica, Chile
Review Score 8.0
The downtown Arica Surf House hostel is a comfortable laid-back place great for surfers and other young adventurers. The staff are very...
from USD 18 per night
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Av. General Velasquez #590, Arica, Chile
Review Score 7.0
Hotel Concorde is just a short walk from the town center and is close to the port and the beaches. The secluded position and the calm...
from USD 50 per night
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San Marcos 261, Arica, Chile
Review Score 6.0
Occupying two adjoining colonial-style buildings located just a 2-minute walk from the coastline, the Hotel Plaza Colon retains the...
from USD 53 per night
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This is a zero-star hotel.
Probably due to the type of accommodation, this hotel or vacation rental has not been evaluated by existing star rating systems. The stars for this property are therefore awarded by Pacarama based on its expertise and knowledge of the hotel market in Peru and Chile.
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