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Arica, Chile

How much does it cost to travel to Arica?

You should plan to spend around $78 (CL$75,758) per day on your vacation in Arica. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $28 (CL$26,911) on meals
  • $18 (CL$16,974) on local transportation
  • $69 (CL$67,010) on hotels

A one week trip to Arica for two people costs, on average, $1,093 (CL$1,060,609). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Arica cost?

A one week trip to Arica usually costs around $547 (CL$530,304) for one person and $1,093 (CL$1,060,609) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Arica on average costs around $1,093 (CL$1,060,609) for one person and $2,187 (CL$2,121,218) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Arica will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Arica on average costs around $2,343 (CL$2,272,733) for one person and $4,686 (CL$4,545,466) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Arica has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Arica expensive to visit?

Arica is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Chile, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within South America, Arica is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Lima or Temuco.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Arica Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Arica?

The average Arica trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Arica travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) CL$67,010 ($69)
Local Transportation 1 CL$16,974 ($18)
Food 2 CL$26,911 ($28)
Entertainment 1 CL$19,021 ($20)
Alcohol 2 CL$9,255 - 27,766 ($10 - 29)
Accommodation Budget in Arica
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Arica is $35 (CL$33,505). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Arica is $69 (CL$67,010). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Arica

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Arica based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $55. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Arica
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Arica is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $18 (CL$16,974) per person, per day, on local transportation in Arica.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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What did other people spend on Transportation in Arica?

Typical prices for Transportation in Arica are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Arica, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Short Taxi Ride

Food Budget in Arica
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Arica can vary, the average cost of food in Arica is $28 (CL$26,911) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Arica should cost around $11 (CL$10,764) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Arica is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Arica
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  • Entertainment and activities in Arica typically cost an average of $20 (CL$19,021) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Arica
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $19 (CL$18,510) on alcoholic beverages in Arica per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Arica
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  • On average, people spend $1.10 (CL$1,068) on bottled water in Arica per day. The public water in Arica is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Arica On a Budget
Arica Arica, Chile
A mixture of coastline, desert and high Andean plateau, Arica is a seaside resort town, known for its surfing beaches located at the tip of Northern Chile. 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. Arica's tourism is still principally geared toward domestic visitors and those from southern Peru and La Paz, who flock to its beaches mid-December through February. It is very easy to spend a few days in Arica in the sand, or seeing the sights in town, at a slow pace but the city also offers plenty of fun activities and exciting day trips.
Go to El Morro de Arica for a great view over the city. This lofty rock that looms 110m over the city was the site of a crucial battle in 1880, a year into the War of the Pacific, when the Chilean army assaulted and took El Morro from Peruvian forces in less than an hour. Visit the Gothic-style Catedral de San Marcos, which was designed by celebrated Parisian engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, before his success with the Eiffel Tower. The entire church is made of stamped and molded cast iron, coated with paint. Eiffel also designed the Casa de la Cultura de Arica or Ex-Aduana, a former customs house that now hosts a smattering of exhibitions and has an impressive 32-step wrought-iron spiral staircase. Prefabricated in Paris, it was assembled on site in 1874, with walls made of blocks and bricks stacked between metallic supports. Get out of the city to the Cuevas de Anzota, only 10 km south of the center. Discover the caves that were used by the Chinchorro culture some 9000 years ago. A new coastal walk takes you through the area, with staircases leading up to lookout points, and fine vantage points over the dramatic coastline. Keep an eye out for sea lions, a marine otters and marine birds. Leave on a tour or receive information from the tourist center within Arica on how to visit on your own by taxi or rental car La Tropilla Geoglyphs. Just outside of Arica and before the town of San Miguel de Azapa, discover the ancient symbols on the rocks that rise up on each side of the road. The geoglyphs, which have survived hundreds of years, are only still visible and preserved due to the lack of precipitation in the area. Towards the Bolivian border, you will find the Parque Nacional Lauca, which will provide you with some of the most raw, impressive scenery in all of Chile. To get there, enjoy a 2h30 ascending drive with sweeping corners and amazing views. If you want to spend a night close to the park, stay in Putre, a very traditional town located at 3500 meters above sea level and surrounded by spectacular views, as it sits at the base of the Taapaca Volcano Complex.

Tourism in Arica largely focuses on the city's sandy beaches, popular with surfers and beach-lovers. However, there are a few other activities available in town. Visit the Museo de Sitio Colon 10. See the 32 excavated Chinchorro mummies at this tiny museum below El Morro. They were discovered when an architect bought this former private home with the intention of converting it into a hotel. Head to the Museo Historico y de Armas for a good explanation of the key battle that took place atop Morro de Arica, back in 1880 during the War of the Pacific. There is also a collection of 19th and early 20th-century weaponry. Travel in time on the Ferrocarril Arica-Poconchile. One part of the old rail line that linked Arica with La Paz, Bolivia, has been restored, allowing you to ride a tourist train that runs once a week between Arica and the Lluta Valley town of Poconchile, some 37 km to the northeast. The 1950s vintage train cars currently depart Saturdays at 10h30 and arrive back in Arica at 15h30, after a one-hour stop in Poconchile. Head out of the city into the peaceful Azapa Valley, to visit the town of San Miguel de Azapa, and its Archaeological Museum, which explains the history of the Chinchorro people who occupied this region some 3500 – 9000 years ago, and has the oldest discovered mummified human remains in the world on site to marvel at. For adventure seekers, climb the perfect cone-shaped Parinacota Volcano. Test your ability to find oxygen on the thin air of the Parinacota Volcano's peak, found 6,300 meters above sea level and in the Bolivian territory. If you are not up for the task of climbing the Paranicota Volcano, but you would still like to see it, visit the beautiful lake of Chungara that acts as a mirror reflecting the Parinacota Volcano on clear days. On your way down Parinacota, near the entrance to the park, step inside the hot springs of Las Cuevas de Lauca. You can also head to the Jurasi Hot Springs, which offer an outdoor pool and two indoor pools in a gorgeous scenery.
Food and Dining
Cuisine in Arica is very influenced by Peruvian cooking. Try the classic bread with olives of Azapa. Arica is not a big producer of meat so you will mostly find frozen meat coming from Argentina. However the fish is absolutely delicious; try the congrio, lenguado, reineta or palometa. There are good and cheap fruits for juices or simply to be eaten: mango, guava, melon, citrics, all fresh and produced in the surrounding valleys.

Numerous buses arrive daily from Chile's main cities further south, including San Pedro de Atacama, Calama, Iquique and Santiago. Daily buses come in from Bolivia, directly from La Paz, Cochabamba and Oruro with a transfer in Patacamaya. Colectivos, which are shared taxis or mini-vans, arrive and depart continually from Peru, taking passengers from the International Terminal in Arica to the International Terminal in Tacna, Peru. Walking will get you most places in town, although numerous buses run along the major avenues for those in a hurry. They are also handy for getting to and from the bus station, usually for no more than USD$1.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.