Private City Highlights and Archeology Tour
On this unique historical private tour of Arica, all you need is an appreciation for the past. Marvel at the architectural feats of modern and ancient builders as you encounter the many cultural influences that make Arica such a fascinating destination. Book this Arica tour for an unforgettable journey through one of Chile's most beautiful city.
Your adventure begins at Colon Square, a public gathering place in the heart of the city, where many cultural celebrations take place. Notice the French influences in the architecture as you look at San Marcos Cathedral and the former Customs Building. Both built in the 19th century, the Customs building was made with material fabricated in France by Gustave Eiffel, who also made the iron and wood door found in the Gothic-styled cathedral. Enjoy a scenic coastal drive by the La Lisera and El Laucho beaches as you continue to the Azapa Valley.
Once in the Valley, you can gaze upon the large impressive geoglyphs created centuries ago by natives who scratched drawings into the surface of the slopes. From there, head to the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum to see an extensive collection of artifacts, including ceramics, jewelry, textiles, and the remains of the world's oldest mummies dating back to 8,000 BC.
Stop by a local market that is a reproduction of a Parinacota village and watch artisans working on their pottery, paintings, and looms. Pick up a handcrafted souvenir (or two!) and head over to Morro de Arica, a massive promontory (steep hill) the Chilean Army used to its advantage in 1880 during the War of the Pacific. Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the panoramic views overlooking the city and the port.
Your Arica private tour includes mineral water. Book today for an unforgettable day at the historical sites of Arica.