Arica is the northernmost city of Chile located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. With a population of just over 180,000, the area has a number of anthropological research sites of ancient societies including the Aymara, Atacama, and Chinchorro people. The University of Tarapaca is the custodian of the rich remains of textiles, pottery, religious artifacts, and the oldest mummies in the world.
Known as the city of eternal spring, Arica has mild winters and hot summers. Rain is seldom seen, making sunny afternoons almost guaranted. People enjoy water sports like surfing, wind surfing, water skiing, and other outdoor recreational activities. Because of its excellent location near Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Peru, Arica is a great place to begin traveling in the region. The Machu-Picchu ruins in Peru, Tiwanaku in Bolivia, the jungles of Brazil, and the northern steppes of Argentina are all within a traveler's reach.