Destination guide: Arica, Chile
Located on the northern tip of Chile's coast, Arica is one of the top resort destinations in the country. The setting is idyllic, with more than 20 km of stunning beaches and luxurious accommodations. Many people fly to Arica simply to escape from the daily grind, to relax and unwind in a beautiful location.
Traveling to Arica also offers a lot to see for the more active vacationer.
Chungará Lake is among the highest lakes in the world, and is found within the scenic Lauca National Park. In addition, the National Monument Pucará de Copaquilla is a short distance away. LAN offers flights to Arica for people to experience the world-class surfing, or to observe the annual competitions held there.
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Arica - Practical Information
Nationals of the US, Canada, Australia and the EU do not need a visa to visit Chile. Passports are obligatory and are essential for cashing traveler's checks, checking into hotels and other routine activities.
The Chilean government collects a US$132/56/132 'reciprocity' fee from arriving US/Australian/Canadian citizens in response to these governments imposing a similar fee on Chilean citizens applying for visas. The payment applies only to tourists arriving by air in Santiago and is valid for the life of the passport. Payment must be made in cash; exact change necessary.
It is advisable to carry your passport: Chile's police can demand identification at any moment, and many hotels require you to show it upon check-in.
If your passport is lost or stolen, notify the police, ask them for a police statement, and notify your consulate as soon as possible.
Check the website for Chilean customs (www.aduana.cl) if you're concerned about what and how much you can take in and out of the country.
There are no restrictions on import and export of local and foreign currency. Duty-free allowances include purchases of up to US$500. Travelers should consult the Chilean Customs website information for foreigners at www.aduana.cl/prontus_aduana_eng/site/edic/base/port/foreign_travelers.html (in English) for information on allowances.
Shops in Chile open by 10am, Government offices and businesses open from 9am to 6pm. Banks are open 9am to 2pm weekdays. Tourist offices stay open long hours daily in summer, but have abbreviated hours in the off-season. In many provincial cities and towns restaurants and services are closed on Sunday. Museums are often closed Monday. Restaurant hours vary widely, but most places are open from noon till 11pm. Many restaurants do not open for breakfast and quite a few close for the lull between lunch and dinner.
Weights & Measures
European plug with two circular metal pins
Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades