A Taste of Arica: Lombardi Olive Farm, Asoagro Market, and the Poblado Artesanal
- Lombardi Farm: Visit an agricultural staple of the region since 1952 that exports 3.3 million pounds of olives a year all around the world.
- Asoagro produce market: Try the fresh guavas and mangos at the Asoagro fruit and vegetable market and browse the huge assortment of foods for sale.
- Poblado Artesanal: Purchase authentic crafts at Arica's handicraft village that has been around for over 30 years.
- Handicraft village: Watch skilled folk dancers and musicians perform traditional Chilean dances and sample the unique flavor of the mango sour drink.
About this Arica tour
To truly experience a place, you've got to sample the local fare. The fertile Azapa Valley land and Arica's ideal location along South America's west coast means there are lots of delicious, homegrown foods to try.
You'll start at Lombardi Farm, to the east of Arica. The proprietor, Ernesto Lombardi, has been running his olive farm for over 50 years and now ships a huge volume of olives to the U.S., Greece, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and New Zealand. Taste some olives and ask Ernesto about his classic car collection.
You can also sample some of the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables available at the Asoagro market. There's a huge variety of offerings for sale, including slabs of meat, zucchini, pepper, corn, grapes, beer, and flowers. Though they aren't selling food, you'll also experience an important side of Arica's local offerings when you meet the craftsmen at the Poblado Artesanal artisan village.
The artisan village consists of 12 structures built in 1979 to replicate the historic Parinacota village, which itself is tucked away in the Andes mountains to the east. You can purchase everything from hand-woven scarves to ocarinas to carved stones. Many of the goods are made on-site, so take the time to watch the skilled artisans of Arica putting their heart and soul into their work. Enthralling stuff, but don't forget to take in the traditional Chilean folk performance, complete with costumed dancers and band. There's no better way to explore the truly unique character of Arica than taking in its culinary and cultural offerings.
The Cueca: When Dance Imitates Nature
There's plenty of mystery surrounding the origin of the cueca dance, which is the official dance of Chile. Some say it has African roots, dating back to when slaves were brought to develop colonies of the new world in the 16th and 17th centuries, while others believe it is more Spanish in origin. We do know, however, that the dance imitates the mating ritual between a hen and a rooster, including the flailing, aggressive moves the rooster makes to win the object of his affection. Not the most graceful source material, considering how beautiful the dance is.
Arica Cruise Ship Pier. Your guide will be standing on your ship's pier close to where you will disembark. They will holding a sign with your name on it.
Air-conditioned transportation in Arica cannot be guaranteed. Please bring some cash for any purchases you might like to make.
This tour's activity level is mild. Anticipate walking over some uneven surfaces and paved walkways and climbing a few stairs.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Scenic, Bus Tour
Beverages - Mango Sour and Water
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages but if you are under 18 years of age you won't be able to drink any alcohol on this tour. 18 is the legal drinking age in Chile.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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