Views of Arica: Morro de Arica, Museum of the Sea, and the House of Arica Culture
- Morro de Arica: This interesting natural land formation played a key role in the War of the Pacific, and offers unbeatable views of Arica and Azapa Valley.
- Museum of the Sea: One of Arica's newest museums is home to over 1200 different types of mollusks, coral, and fossils, including some of the unique sea life of the west coast of South America.
- The Arica House of Culture: Located in the nearly 150-year-old customs house, this Gustave Eiffel creation is now a cultural focal point of the city.
About this Arica tour
The geography of Arica, featuring a long coastline, flat valleys, and sprawling mountains, makes it home to some of the most scenic views in the world. On this outing youandrsquo;ll also get historical and cultural perspectives of the City of Eternal Spring.
One excellent view of Arica is found at the House of Culture, also known as Arica's customs house. If its design seems to stick out like a sore Parisian thumb, there's a good reason: Like many other buildings engineered by French architect Gustave Eiffel, the structure was prefabricated in Europe by French construction workers. Up the winding spiral staircases to the second floor, you can get a panoramic view of the city, but you'll also get a glimpse into history when you see the nearby German locomotive from 1924. This train once rode the Arica-Tacna railroad, one of the oldest in South America.
The Morro de Arica is another perfect representation of the many perspectives of the city. Take in a gorgeous view of Arica and the distant Andes mountains from the top of the formation, but remember the historical perspective: The landform you are standing on is the place where Chilean forces overwhelmed the Peruvian military stronghold, which ultimately won them the Battle of Arica and marked the beginning of Chile's offensive maneuvers in the War of the Pacific. There are many views of Arica to be appreciated, both literal and figurative.
Until the Last Cartridge!
In 1880 during the height of the War of the Pacific, the situation was bleak for Peruvian Colonel Francisco Bolognesi. When a Chilean delegation asked Bolognesi to surrender, his response became legend: His men would defend their position "Al ultimo cartucha;" until the last cartridge. One of Bolognesi's lieutenants, Alfonso Ugarte, had him beat in the patriotism department: Rather than allowing the Peruvian flag he had to be captured, Ugarte rode his horse off a cliff, straight into the Pacific Ocean.
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.
Please bring some cash for any purchases you might like to make.
This tour's activity level is moderate. Anticipate walking over some uneven surfaces and paved walkways and climbing a few stairs.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Scenic
Beverages - Water
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
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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