Arica boasts that it is "the land of the eternal spring," but its temperate climate and beaches are not the only reason to visit this small city. Relax for an hour or two on the Plaza 21 de Mayo. Walk to the pier and watch the pelicans and sea lions trail the fishing boats as the afternoon's catch comes in. View more
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Experience the splendid beauty and marine life along the sandy coast of Arica during this picturesque, half-day nature trek.
Scenic Drive and El Morro de Arica Viewpoint
Depart the pier for the scenic drive to the El Morro de Arica Viewpoint. En route, pass by the renowned beach resorts of El Laucho and La Lisera. Upon arrival at the El Morro de Arica Viewpoint, take in breath-taking panoramic vistas of the city, ocean and port.
Coastal Walking Tour, Puntilla and Main Plaza
Next, your drive continues south along the coastal road to the starting point of your guided walking tour. Along the way, traverse the sandy hills and sidewalls of these sandy mountains, and explore caves, caverns and other fascinating natural sites. A brief stop is made at Puntilla to observe and photograph the sea lions and local birds in their natural habitat.
Afterward, walk back to the coach along the same trail, and then commence the brief drive back to Arica.
Upon arrival, you may opt to return directly to the pier or be dropped off at the Main Plaza to explore the downtown area and return to the ship at your own expense.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1 mile (about 1.6 kilometers), at times over uneven, sandy and rocky terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. It is not recommended for guests with fear of heights and who could experience dizziness. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight (8) years old to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather and walking conditions.
Travel to the Azapa Valley and get to know the tastes and the traditions of the region and visit a local family. Discover the area products such as tropical fruit, olives and flowers. The area also is home to relics of the cultures that once populated the area.
The Asoagro Market
Leave the pier to the colourful Asoagro fruits and vegetables market. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about the local products that are cultivated in the Azapa and Lluta Valleys.
After some time to walk through the stands and taste some products, proceed to share lunch with a local family. On the way, you will drive along the Azapa Road and take the old road for a short photo stop at the Tropilla geoglyphs.
During the visit to the local family you will have the opportunity to walk through the house and enjoy a typical lunch menu prepared with own recipes of our hosts. Learn about their family history and traditions and also how they have been adapted to live in this fertile oasis.
After lunch, continue to Arica's "Colon Square", also known as the "Plaza de Armas" or "Plaza Colón". Lear about the monuments and buildings set around the square, including the Church of San Marcos. The prefabricated, wrought iron church was built as a replacement for the previous church that was swept away by a tidal wave in 1869. Erected in 1876, this Gothic-style construction stands proudly over the main square, and boasts a beautiful, wooden door made at the Gustave Eiffel et Cie. workshops. Lastly, visit the nearby market, where there are plentiful opportunities to pick up a souvenir.
At the conclusion of the tour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This Silver Shore Collection involves minimal walking at guest's own discretion. We suggest guests dress in light clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection. The host family does not speak English; your guide will offer the translation. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning
Learn about the flavours of the region during this half day outing. Leave the pier to drive directly towards the Azapa Valley. Enjoy the magnificent views while riding to an olive production farm.
Upon arrival, walk amongst the olive trees as you learn about various kinds of olives and the process of their cultivation. Taste a variety of olives produced at the farm.
Next, drive to the local colourful fruits and vegetables Market, where you walk through the stands and learn about the products grown in the Azapa and Lluta Valleys.
Afterwards, visit the nearby complete Handicraft Village. Browse around the workshops which offer a variety of products such as ceramics and pottery and carved stones. At the same place, enjoy a "Mango Sour", typical drink from the region, while a group of local dancers perform a Northern dances demonstration.
A final stop will be made at the main Plaza for independent sightseeing before returning to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves minimal walking over uneven terrain. This program is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest guests dress in light clothing and wear flat walking shoes and sun protection. The order of this tour may be reversed. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.
Explore the people, culture and the authentic lifestyles of Chile's highland ancestors during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion to the Andes.
Lluta Valley and Geoglyphs
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive towards the Lluta Valley. En route, a photo stop is made to observe the interesting geoglyphs designed on the hills by ancient inhabitants of the region. From here, your drive ascends approximately 25 miles (about 40 kilometres), where a refreshment stop is made at a rustic inn for a coca leaf tea to avoid feeling sick from the altitude, just as the Aymara people do.
Copaquilla Pukara and Viewpoint, and Putre Viewpoint
Next, re-board your coach and head to the Copaquilla Pukara, the archaeological remains of an old fortress built to protect its surroundings. A photo stop is made at the Copaquilla Viewpoint before continuing on towards Putre Town. After another photo stop at the Putre Viewpoint, drive to Putre Town, located approximately 10,498 feet (about 3,200 metres) above sea level.
Putre Town and Main Plaza
Upon arrival in Putre Town, the capital of the Parinacota region, take a guided walking tour through its interesting and unique streets, and learn about the town's adobe houses. Following your walking tour, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, some free time is made available to explore the town at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 3.25-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 383 yards (about 300 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking at the Plaza de Putre is at the discretion of each guest. Due to the high altitude, this tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with heart and/or respiratory problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, raingear and a warm jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least nine years old to participate on this tour.
Discover the picturesque beauty and historic landmarks of Chile's northernmost city during this half-day sightseeing excursion to Arica and its environs. Located at the mouth of Azapa River, Arica is Chile's northernmost city. The 'City of Eternal Spring' - a name given due to its year-round mild and sunny days - lies at the mouth of the Azapa Valley, a fertile oasis in the northern extreme of the Atacama Desert and a mere 11 miles (17.7 kilometres) from the Peruvian border.
Azapa Valley Geoglyphs
The tour commences driving along the coast, passing by the Lisera and El Laucho beaches towards Azapa Valley, well known for its olives production. On the way, seen from the distance are several geoglyphs that are unique drawings of human and animal forms created centuries ago by the native aboriginals, drawing over the sandy walls with unexplained figures. A short stop near Cerro Sombrero will be made allowing a closer view and photo opportunity of the geoglyphs.
Continue to visit the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum, with an interesting display of artefacts and remains of the oldest on earth Chinchorro mummies dating 6,000-8,000 BC.
Continue the tour driving back to Arica to reach El Morro de Arica, a massive promontory towering over the city, to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the bay. The Morro is the northernmost peak of the Coastal Range and the site of the decisive battle in the War of the Pacific.
On the way back, stop at Plaza Colón for some time at leisure to stroll around. At agreed time return to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards (299 metres) and a few steps to negotiate to access the museum. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair; however guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance. The church is not wheelchair accessible. We suggest guests dress in seasonal attire and wear flat, walking shoes and sun protection. The order of sites visited may vary. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning. Most shops are closed on Sunday's. Local currency & USD cash accepted. Credit cards are not accepted. The San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum will be going through renovations during the 2017 season; however the most important section, on the Chinchorro mummies, will remain open.
Experience the unique landscapes of this region and unique Codpa Village during this full-day tour. The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is home to the world's most arid desert and its salt flats, hot springs and geysers as well as large deposits of copper and other minerals and mines in Chuquicamata, Calama and other parts of the altiplano. Codpa village is a surprisingly green oasis located in a deep canyon at an altitude of 1,850 metres (1.15 miles) above sea level. Benefitting from Chile's best climate, the village is renowned for its church, fruit culture, stone engravings and its "artisanal" wine called Pintatani.
Atacama Desert and Presencias Tutelares Sculptures
En route pass through the Atacama Desert, one of the world's driest deserts. The first stop is a photo opportunity to marvel and record the Presencias Tutelares Sculptures, giant sculptures created by Chilean sculptor Juan Díaz Fleming. Continue driving towards an area filled of cactus, where a stop will be made to take pictures, situated in the foreground of the Cordillera de Los Andes. After some minutes, proceed to Codpa Village.
During the pre-Hispanic period, Codpa Village was the seat of the cacique of Altos de Arica, who governed the tribes of the region. The town is located on the headwaters of the River Vitor, which ensures a supply of extremely pure water, made more precious by being found in this extremely dry part of the planet. The land is very fertile, producing different kinds of fruits and the grapes from which the traditional Pintatani wine is produced.
Codpa Walking Tour and Shaman Ceremony
Upon arrival at Codpa Village, take a guided walking tour to admire the architecture. Next, attend to a ceremony performed by a medicine man or shaman, who blessed the mother-earth with coca-leaf while enjoy a drink of typical Pintatani wine along with a snack that will be handed out.
After the visit at Codpa Village, some free time will be available for independent exploring before commencing the drive back to the city. Stop in downtown area to stroll around and shop for some local souvenirs.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre) over dirt and uneven surfaces, with steps to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. The drive time to/from Codpa Village is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.