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Arica, Chile Shore Excursions: Adventures Near the Andes

Surfing is the name of the game in Arica, Chile, where the water conditions make surfing a popular activity during most times of the year. Put on a wetsuit and hit Arica’s consistent swells. Arica is located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Northern Chile. It rarely ever rains, making Arica one of the driest places on earth. There are plenty of things to do in Arica, Chile from a cruise, and the rugged coastlines of Chile are unlike anywhere else on earth.

Start with the perfect photo op at El Morro de Arica, which offers a sweeping view of the entire city. The San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological and Anthropological Museum is a can’t-miss spot for history buffs of all ages, where you’ll see preserved petroglyphs on walls outside of the museum and exhibits honoring thousands of years of Chilean history. Another important historical site to visit from a cruise to Arica is St. Mark’s Cathedral, which was constructed by Gustave Eiffel—the same architect of the more famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. Architecture buffs shouldn’t miss St. Mark’s Gothic style, particularly when it’s lit up after dark.

On Arica, Chile shore excursions, tour an olive farm followed by tastings and a stop at a local fruits and produce market. While you’re there, watch as locals sell their goods and dancers perform authentic Chilean dances. Unwind by sipping a traditional pisco sour or try Chilean red wine from one of the top wine regions in the world.

Arica, Chile shore excursions vary from activities in the art of the city to drives through the Chilean countryside, like the historic Codpa Village less than two hours from Arica. On the way to Codpa you’ll travel through the Atacama Desert and also enjoy views of the Andes in the near distance. Chile’s changing landscape will awe anyone on a cruise to South America.

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