Peopled since 6.000 to 2.000 BC by Chinchorro Culture Settlers, sedentary and fishermen town that has lived from South Perú to Antofagasta Region in Chile and are famous because of their mummification practices.
Later, on XVI century it was founded as Villa San Marcos de Arica by Spanish Conquers on 1541.
Villa San Marcos de Arica become a port city with big importance on the colony, because of its minerals traffic and catering. Its importance fell when Spanish created Virreinato de la Plata – actual Buenos Aires, Argentina.
When Villa San Marcos de Arica become a part of Perú Republic, recovered its importance.
It has many architectural buildings since that time.
At this time, Arica is part of Chile and it’s a free port, which has improved its economic developed.
Arica and its surroundings have archeological and natural attractions; that are big cultural and tourist interest.
Place of Interest:
Valle de Azapa and it’s museum, Chungará Lake, Codpa, Chincorro and El Laucho Beaches, Camarones, Morro de Arica, Catedral de San Marcos de Arica, Museo Colón.
City of great heritage, that was a part of Tahuantinsuyo on its south zone.
Later, with the spanish conquer become to be part of Virreinato del Perú.
Nitrate productions glory was at the beginning of Perú Republic and later of Chile.
Currently, Iquique has copper wealth, zona franca and tourism.
Place of Interest: Corbeta Esmeralda Museum, Iquique Theater, Humberstone Nitrate Office, Iquique Casino, Zona Franca, Cavancha Beach
It is knowledge as the second oldest Chilean city, stand outs the value and respect has given to its heritage.
It’s possible to visit and appreciate different buildings that have been preserved since colonial and neocolonial times.
Places of Interest: Long Beaches, Japanese Park, Archaeological Museum, Vineyards, El Valle del Elqui.