Touristic sites in Arica

What to do In Arica City

El Humedal

The marsh at the estuary of the Lluta River is a protected natural area located on the northern coastline of the region of Arica and Parinacota, Chile, in the final part of the Lluta River mouth, in the Atacama Desert. The marsh covers the area called Las Machas beach, which has established itself as an attraction for bird watching for special interest tourists, recognizing this area as part of the ancestral territory and committed to the conservation of this important natural and cultural heritage.

Drive north on Las Dunas street.
(56-58) 2206004

Catedral San Marcos

The Cathedral of San Marcos de Arica is the ideal option to enjoy fantastic religious tourism during your stay in Chile. It is a gothic-style construction on a cast iron base, and it dates from 1875. The cathedral was built in the French engineer Gustave Eiffel’s workshops, the builder of the famous tower in Paris.

It was declared a national historic monument in 1984, and it has been one of the most important places to visit in the area. It is located in San Marcos 260, Arica, for your convenience.

Calle Bolognesi 170, opposite Plaza Colón, between San Marcos and 7 de junio streets.
(56) (58) 2251393

Lago Chungará

El Lago Chungará (Chungará Lake) is one of the main attractions inside the Lauca National Park, surrounded by unique fauna and located at high altitudes. The lake has an ideal environment for recreational activities and nature observation. The complex makes it easier to observe unique animal species, such as alpacas, traucas, vizcachas, guanacos, vicuñas, pumas, llamas, and foxes. Birds are also characteristic of the area and include the Chilean flamingo, the yeco, the guallata, the rhea, the puna partridge, the condor, the giant tagua, and the small duck.

By road on the International Route to Bolivia CH-11 Arica Tambo Quemado.

Península del Alacrán

The Alacrán Peninsula, or former Alacrán Island, is an artificially converted island located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, in front of the Arica’s hill in the city’s port.

The area has favorable characteristics for water sports such as bodyboarding, surfing, diving, swimming, fishing, climbing, and sailing. Important sporting championships such as the Maui and Sons Arica WorldStar Tour and the ACC Grand Slam of Bodyboarding are held here.

Costanera San Martín, opposite the Morro de Arica.
(56) 2 2937 5100

Playa Chinchorro

This seaside beach in this region has warm water temperatures that make it ideal for swimming and other water sports, while it is also suitable for hiking thanks to its pier. Chinchorro Beach is also characterized by the visual attraction of the boilers of the American ship that was washed up in the 19th century due to the 1868 tsunami, stranded more than 800 meters inland.

This beach has several services, big waves, and typical winds; ideal for practicing watersports.

Valle De Azapa, Km 12.
(56) (58) 2500890

Morro de Arica

The Morro de Arica is a coastal mountain, about 130 meters high, located south of the urban area of Arica, in the region of Arica and Parinacota, in northern Chile. It is the city’s major tourist and symbolic landmark, and it was declared a National Monument on October 6, 1971. Towering 130 meters high, it is possible to access a panoramic view of the surroundings and historical vestiges that evoke the war episode in the country in the 19th century during the Pacific War, with a museum located at the top.

600 60 0 60 66

Museo San Miguel de Azapa

The San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum is a museum 500 meters from the town of the same name, in the municipality of Arica, which is part of the region of Arica and Parinacota in northern Chile. Founded in 1967, it belongs to the University of Tarapacá and stands out for housing the mummies of the Chinchorro culture, the oldest in the world.

A rural road accesses the museum before reaching San Miguel de Azapa on route A-27.

Valle De Azapa, Km 12.
56) (58) 2205555

Cuevas de Anzota

The Cuevas de Anzota (Anzota Caves) are one of the city’s most important and most visited natural attractions, located on the southern coastal edge of our city, 10 km from the foot of the Morro de Arica.

These caves are a natural geological formation dating from the Jurassic period, carved by water and coastal wind. The caves are known for their history with the Chinchorro culture, their artificial mummification processes, and their primary development of fishing, hunting, and gathering.

Av. Comandante San Martín #693
(56) (58) 2500890

Playa La Lisera

La Lisera beach is a Pacific Ocean beach located in the Region of Arica and Parinacota, Chile. It has no waves and is suitable for swimming and diving sports. This beach has very calm and warm waters and beautiful surroundings with palm trees, ideal for families with small children.

It is characterized by its distinctive platform, a concrete deck located in the center of the beach from where you can easily swim to reach the sandy shore.

Valle De Azapa, Km 12.
(56) (58) 2500890

Playa El Laucho

Just 10 minutes from the city, on the coastline, is the Playa El Laucho, with gentle waves and white sand, ideal for sunbathing and kayaking. A beautiful beach at the foothills of the Morro.

With a privileged view, it is located in the southern sector of the coastal promenade. There are a series of activities and panoramas for visitors and an exciting range of local shops in the vicinity.

Valle De Azapa, Km 12.
(56) (58) 2500890