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San Marcos, Arica, Región de Arica y Parinacota, Chile

If it seems odd that the influence of Gustave Eiffel’s workshop would appear in this northern Chilean desert, far from the bright lights and ambitious architecture of Paris, you may be surprised to learn that Eiffel’s reach was...

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Codpa, Camarones, Arica y Parinacota Region, Chile

If Codpa Village retains a bit of a mystical vibe, it’s with good reason: This was the residence of the chief of the Altos de Arica, who ruled a cluster of pre-Hispanic-era tribes. Somewhat unusual for northern Chile, Codpa’s land is...

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Preserving and disseminating the archaeological culture of the northern part of Chile is the purview of the Archaeological Museum of San Miguel de Azapa. That job has been made somewhat easier by the region’s aridity; a lack of rain has...

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Avenida San Martín, Arica, Arica and Parinacota, Chile

El Morro means “hill” and from the top of this one, you’ll be able to take panoramic photos of the port, city and valley of Arica. If you’re keen on military history and, in particular, the relationship between Chile and...

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San Marcos 260, Arica, Región de Arica y Parinacota, Chile

You’ve probably already noticed that most cities and towns in Latin America have a main square, or plaza, and that many of these are named Plaza Colón. Why? Because Christopher Columbus’s name in Spanish...

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Ing. Raúl Pey Casado 2590, Arica, Región de Arica y Parinacota, Chile

The owners of this restaurant near the waterfront spare no expense to obtain the best ingredients from around the world. Locally sourced seafood—including octopus and tuna (yes, ranked among the best in the world)—and Wagyu beef...

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21 de Mayo 736, Arica, Región de Arica y Parinacota, Chile

Ceviche paired with a local carménère wine—what could be better? The answer: everything that comes after! Los Aleros de 21 is a favorite among locals, with steak and seafood dominating the menu. At this friendly Arica...

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Arica, Arica y Parinacota Region, Chile

The colors! The smells! The sounds of vendors hawking, coins clanking and scales groaning under the weight of locally grown fruits and vegetables . . . a visit to a local market is an immersive sensory experience, the memory of which is likely to...

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True, you’re not likely to buy and take home any souvenirs from Arica’s Fish Market (Mercado de Pescado), but that shouldn’t deter you from taking a walk through this busy spot, especially with a camera in tow. Come early to see...