Arica, Chile Travel Guide

Last updated: 2021
All prices in US dollars
Cost of living metrics are based on minimum living expenses for one person

A seaside destination popular with Chilean tourists, and growing in popularity among foreign tourists. It’s Chile’s northernmost city, only about 20km from the Peruvian border. It’s known for having little rainfall, and is one of many Latin American cities known as the “City of Eternal Spring.”

POPULATION: 240,000

 

WEATHER IN ARICA

Yearly temperatures range from 15°C to 26°C. The weather is favorable here — it rarely sees rain.

 

SAFETY IN ARICA

Arica is a safe city. You shouldn’t have any problems here, even at night. The main thing to watch out for here is pickpockets or snatch and grab types theft (in cafes, on the street, in public transportation, etc). Keep an eye on your belongings, and you should be fine here.

 

MUST DO

Visit the Cuevas de Anzota by the ocean, it’s one of the cities most marvelous natural attractions.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN ARICA

While lower than Santiago, apartment prices in Arica are still rather high relative to other similarly sized cities in Latin America. Set aside around $650/month to rent something here.

If you want to rent an apartment for a short period of time — just to make sure the city is right for you before committing to a longterm apartment contract — we suggest using Airbnb.

 

COST OF LIVING IN ARICA

We recommend a minimum budget of $2100 to live a good life in this city.

 

DATING IN ARICA

Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with singles in Arica and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, we recommend it.

 

LEARNING SPANISH IN ARICA

If you want to meet women in Latin America, you will need to know a bit of Spanish. PickUp Spanish is an entertaining and informative course that teaches Latin American Spanish in a way that is geared toward meeting and dating latinas!

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN ARICA

Surf instructor or tour guide could be potential business ideas in this city, assuming you gain a work permit.

 

IS THERE UBER IN ARICA

Yes, UBER operates in Arica.

 

IS ARICA A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

Yes. Arica is a good choice for an expat that wants to live by the beach in a midsized, safe city. Though we wouldn’t call it a “hidden gem”, as it sees its fair share of tourists and expats, it has yet to be overrun. By all accounts, Arica is a solid choice for someone looking to relocate to a stable, relaxed Latin American destination.