Welcome to Arica, Chile

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..

Tour operators operating in the region:
 » Altiplanic Spirit
 » Seasons Travel
 » Altue Active Travel
 » Alba Tour

Package tours visiting the region:

Following the Aymara ethnic path. (9 days)

Aymara culture has its origins in the populations which inhabited the Andes in what is now known as western Bolivia, southern Peru and northern Chile.
The Azapa Valley, near Arica, was the site of the first permanent settlements of these people. In this area, about 8,000 years BC, as part of what is now known as the Chinchorro culture, developed consisting funeral rites of mummification of the dead.

Rent a Car

Category A:
City cars for rent in Chile
Kia Morning or similar city car
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US$ 49 US$ 320 US$ 1.150

Category B:
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Suzuki Swift or similar subcompact
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US$ 59 US$ 354 US$ 1.350

Category C:
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Nissan Versa, or similar compact sedan.
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Category D:
City cars for rent in Chile
Chevrolet Cruze or similar
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US$ 118 US$ 708 US$ 2.350

Category E:
City cars for rent in Chile
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US$ 175 US$ 1.050 US$ 3.090

Category F:
City cars for rent in Chile
Double cabin, four doors pickup truck (4x2)
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US$ 99 US$ 594 US$ 1.730

Category G:
City cars for rent in Chile
Double cabin (4 doors) pickup truck (4x4)
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US$ 145 US$ 870 US$ 2.500

Category H:
City cars for rent in Chile
Suzuki Vitara 1.600cc, 4x4, 3 doors jeep
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US$ 89 US$ 490 US$ 1.730

Category I:
City cars for rent in Chile
SUV4x4 (Toyota 4 Runner or similar)
Day Week Month
US$ 175 US$ 1.050 US$ 3.090

The Weather in Arica, Chile

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