Arica is a port city in northern Chile. It has an estimated population of approximately 205,000, and is also known as the "city of the eternal spring". The city was part of Peru until 1880, when it was occupied by Chilean forces during the War of the Pacific. The taking of the Morro de Arica is one of the war's most celebrated actions, happened in this city. In August 1868, Arica was demolished by a tsunami which followed a earthquake in the Peru-Chile Trench off the coast. Arica is also known as one of the driest populated places on Earth measured by rainfall with an average annual precipitation of 0.03 inches. The Arica Cape is a steep and tall hill located in the city. It was the last bulwark of defense for the Peruvian troops standing in the city. It was assaulted and captured in June 1880 by Chilean troops in the last part of their Dessert Campaign during the War of the Pacific.
Being such a small place one of the only
attractions is Lauca National Park. Lauca National Park is quit and serine and
has Chungara Lake which is is the main attraction in this wilderness park
enclosed by volcanoes and nearby to the border with Bolivia.
Arica is a quiet, relaxed, and safe place and all of there nice beaches are the same way. There is sunshine practically every day of the year.