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Arica Travel Guide, Chile

Arica, Chile – Overview: A City Well Connected By Land, Sea And Air

Arica, a port city located in the northern part of Chile, is situated within 18 km from the south of the Peru border. Arica is also known as the city of Eternal Spring and comprises two different regions of Antofagasta and Tarapaca. The city has been an important area in that region for a long time, since it is located very close to the Norte Grande.


The city of Arica has a very mild climate, which suits most of its residents and visitors. Although there is a rarity of water in the Atacama Desert, the city has enough supply of water that has been arranged by the town administration.


The city of Arica was first inhabited by the native tribes and later it was taken over by the Inca Empire and the Tihuanaco culture of Bolivia, who extended their reigns to Quito, Ecuador. The people mainly grew cotton, corn and squash, and have pottery as their main occupation.


Arica has a native culture, which rose gradually with time and later developed its own cultural traditions and art forms. The city has been the gateway to numerous inland ruins of ancient cultures. Arica also has the highest mountain lake in the world and many volcanoes.

How to reach Arica?

If you are planning to visit Arica, you should not have any sort of problems because the city has great transportation facilities and is well connected by road, rail and air. If you are interested in reaching the city by air, you can use the Aereopuerto Chacalluta, which is the international airport located in the north of the city and it handles all types of international flights to and from Bolivia and Peru, along with domestic flights from various Chilean cities including Santiago.

For all those visitors, who want to reach Arica by land, they can use the Pan American Highway that connects the area to various Chilean cities including Peru. The city has both domestic and international bus service to and from Bolivia, Peru and Argentina. Apart from this, there is a regular kytrain service, which connects Arica to Peru, La Paz and Bolivia. Visitors can also make reservations before a week during the summer months. Cars and taxis are also available on rental within the city. Lastly, if you want to visit the city by sea, you can use private yachts and sailboats.

Arica is considered to be an important commercial port in the region and is well-connected by land, water and air.

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