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The beach of Arica, Chile

Arica Beach and the Altiplano Valley

Arica known as "The City of Eternal Spring, is the place to go if you don't want to worry about getting rained on during your vacation. Many People who live here cannot even remember ever seeing it rain, as it rains only 2 to 3 times in every 100 years. Arica is the most northern city in Chile and is located on the coast of the world's driest desert.

Once part of Bolivia Arica became Chilean territory in the War of the Pacific. Arica still functions as Bolivia's access to the sea, connected to Bolivia by train.

Arica is a developing seaside resort, with golden sand dunes, miles of seashore, duty-free shopping and lively nightlife. Arica is also the gateway to inland ruins of ancient cultures, Lauca National Park with its many animal species including vicuña, alpaca, nandu and wild chinchilla, volcanos and the highest mountain lake in the world.

It has a great beach where you can enjoy the sun and take a swim. If you take a tour or rent a car you can drive up to the Green Uta valley. This valley cuts through the desert with water from rain and melting snow higher up in the Andes Mountains. There is a lot of history and life in this area. It's one of favorite areas for visitors. Check out the links, come to Arica and see why they call it the city of Eternal Spring..

Arica by the numbers:

Arica by the numbers:
  • Population (2022):
    • 221,364 inhabitants
  • Location:
    • Lat, Long: (-18.485390, -70.292831)
    • GPS Coordinates: 18° 29' 7.404'' S, 70° 17' 34.1916'' W
    • +/- 2,062 km (1,281.3 mi) north of Santiago
  • Elevation:
    • 2 m (6 ft 7")
  • Timezone:
    • CLT – Chile Standard Time (Current offset: UTC -4 hrs)


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Places to stay in Arica:

Hotel Apacheta

Hotel Apacheta offers eco-friendly accommodation in Arica right next to Playa Feliz Beach, in between the beaches of El Laucho and La Lisera. All the rooms are tastefully decorated and stocked with all the modern comforts.

Plaza Colon Hotel

Hotel Plaza Colon Arica is a 2-star hotel that has all the necessary amenities for your stay in Arica, Chile.
Enjoy the best hotel in terms of quality and price and a good location.
A 13-minute walk from the beach, 100 meters from the main square and 1 minute from the Cathedral of San Marcos de Arica. Chacalluta airport is 19km away.

Rent a Car:

Category A
City cars for rent in Chile
Kia Morning or similar city car
1000cc gasoline engine, 2 doors, manual shift, and radio. This car is for a maximum of 2 persons, and is only rented in Santiago. You may seat four people inside this vehicle, but then you will much almost nothing of inside space left for your bags
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 49
Week $ 320
Month $ 1.150
Category BHatchbacks  for rent in Chile
Suzuki Swift or similar subcompact car.
This 1200cc gasoline engine hatchback car category comes equipped with 4 doors, manual shift, two airbags, power assisted steering, air conditioning, and radio. Good vehicle for 2 persons and for driving mainly on asphalt roads.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 59
Week $ 354
Month $ 1.350
Category C
Sedans  for rent in Chile
Nissan Versa, or similar compact sedan.
This 1600cc gasoline engine car category with trunk comes equipped with manual shift, air conditioning, power assisted steering, airbags, ABS brakes,door locks, and radio. (Ideal car up to four persons). A vehicle that can get you almost anywhere in Chile. It's also pretty economical. In this category we can also offer you an automatic transmission at an extra charge.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 78
Week $ 468
Month $ 1.590
Category D
Roomy sedans  for rent in Chile
Chevrolet Cruze or similar
Fully equipped roomy sedan with a 1800cc to 2000cc gasoline engine and with automatic transmission. This car category comes with ABS brakes, airbags, doors lock, power and rear view mirrors, and radio.brakes
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 118
Week $ 708
Month $ 2.350
Category E
Vans  for rent in Chile
Could be a Kia Grand Carnival, or similar luxury fully equipped VAN with 7 or 8 seats and automatic transmission. This VAN comes equipped with air bags, electric windows, doors lock, and ABS brakes as well.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 175
Week $ 1.050
Month $ 3.090
Category F
Pickup trucks (4x2)  for rent in Chile
Double cabin, four doors pickup truck with simple traction (4x2)
This vehicle comes equipped with manual transmission, power assisted steering, air conditioning, and radio (good vehicle for driving on bad roads due to its high clearance, therefore ideal for Atacama desert and Patagonia)
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 99
Week $ 594
Month $ 1.730
Category G
Pickup trucks (4x4) for rent in Chile
Double cabin (four doors) pickup truck with double traction (4x4)
Comes equipped with manual transmission, power assisted steering, air conditioning, and radio (excellent alternative for off road driving due to its high clearance and four wheel drive option. Excellent for Atacama desert or Patagonia and other off road places)
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 145
Week $ 870
Month $ 2.500
Category H
Small Jeeps  for rent in Chile
Suzuki Vitara 1.600cc, 4x4, 3 doors jeep
Comes equipped with manual transmission, power assisted steering, air condition, and a radio with a CD player (Good vehicle for maximum 3 persons that like off road fun driving).
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 89
Week $ 490
Month $ 1.730
Category I
SUVs  for rent in Chile
SUV 4x4 (Toyota 4 Runner or similar).
Fully equipped, automatic transmission. The best car to rent in Chile, because it provides luxury, high clearance, and four wheel drive…all in one vehicle. This vehicle category obviously has ABS brakes, air bags, and everything that a full equipped car should have.
Rate by: Price in USD:
Day $ 175
Week $ 1.050
Month $ 3.090

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