Arica is known as the city of eternal spring, thanks to its mild climate and its almost complete lack of rain, so much so that the cars don't even have wipers! The Humboldt Current makes the sea cold and this ensures reduced seasonal fluctuations in temperature, which never go too high. A few kilometres from the port of Arica is the Azapa Valley, an important archaeological site with over 10,000 years of history. The Museum of San Miguel de Azapata has the oldest mummies in the world. You can taste the famous olives of Azapa, a violet and bitter tasting variety.
Not to be missed:
• The Museum of San Miguel de Azapata