Arica Cruises

Flavours of Arica
Chinchorro Culture
Atacama Coastal Walk

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Arica, Chile’s northernmost city, lies on the Pacific coast, at the foot of the towering El Morro cliff. This MSC World Cruise destination boasts picturesque colonial squares, charming churches, colourful markets, a bustling harbour, and a sweeping golden-sand beach.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Flavours of Arica
• Chinchorro Culture
• Atacama Coastal Walk
Enjoy a tour of Arica’s scenic countryside on an MSC Cruises excursion. Here, you’ll visit a delightful local farm to learn about olive cultivation. Savour different varieties of olives before journeying to a lively fruit and vegetable market where you’ll sample luscious mangos and guavas. Afterwards, visit the neighbouring handicraft centre to browse artisan knitwear, pottery, and ocarinas — a rounded flute-like musical instrument!
History enthusiasts will revel in an MSC Cruises excursion to learn more about Chichorro culture — a prehistoric fishing people that resided in the seaside regions of northern Chile and southern Peru from 7,000 B.C. to 1,500 B.C. Then, explore the stark desert landscapes of the Azapa Valley before stopping by the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum. Housing an enthralling selection of Chinchorro artefacts, San Miguel de Azapa also showcases a remarkable array of mummies. Some are regarded as the most ancient in the world, dating back thousands of years!
Experience the dramatic Chilean Pacific coast on an MSC Cruises excursion, where you’ll take in golden beaches, scenic bluffs, and mysterious seaside caverns. Stop by Morro de Arica, an iconic hill, that boasts breathtaking views as far as Peru. Then, venture southwards to the stunning Corazones beach where you’ll visit the prehistoric Anzota grottoes.  Renowned for their striking Chinchorro paintings, the caves were shaped by wind and waves. Afterwards, stroll along scenic cliffs that overlook the ocean to spot vultures, sea lions, and cormorants.

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    Sandwiched between the snowy white peaks of the Andes and the waves of the Pacific Ocean, Chile is the perfect country for outdoor activities and nature lovers thanks to its stunning national parks and reserves, which protect an incredible variety of plants and animals.

    An MSC World Cruise will take you to the very end of this extremely long country – over 4300 km – from Arica, on the Chile- Peru border, to Punta Arenas, on the border between Chile and Argentina, including everything else on the way! 
    During a cruise you may not get to see the driest desert in the world – the Atacama desert with its fascinating Valley of the Moon –, the high trails in the Parque Nacional Lauca, all at an altitude of between 4000 and 6000 metres, or the volcanic peaks and verdant landscapes of the Región de Los Lagos (very similar to the European Alps), but you will definitely have the opportunity to enjoy the wilderness of Patagonia and the statues carved by the Rapa Nui on Easter Island. 
    An MSC day trip will take you to the capital of Chile, Santiago, which is easily reachable from the colourful port of Valparaiso. The city is located in the country's central valley, near an area that is characterised by its vineyards, for example Colchagua Valley, and ski resorts.