It was the Chileans themselves who gave the city of Arica its name. Arica is not only the gateway that connects Chile with Peru in the extreme north of the country, but also a city where spring never rests. It is also the gateway to Lauca National Park, a land of volcanoes and pumas, where expeditions to the highlands begin. Located in the so-called “Curve of Arica”, the city acts as the waist of the continent, the turning point from where the Southern Cone rises from the western coast of the Latin America. Arica not only connects the region with the port, but also with the mythical Pan-American highway that links both ends of the continent. Speaking of connections, nature is also a force to be reckoned with in this corner of northern Chile. Here, temperate beaches coexist with the desert and the high plateau that emerges on the approach to Bolivia. The city rests at the foot of the Morro de Arica, a privileged panoramic point of walks and urban fairs. Added to the geographic mix is a historical and gastronomic fusion, in this city, the “Waist of America”, where we can also see the oldest mummies of the planet in the Archaeological Museum of San Miguel de Azapa, as well as sample traditional local food whose flavors are as diverse as the origin of their authors.
Where history, the land and the people unite in an ancestral mix.