Arica located in northern Chile offered a different perspective of Chile in contrast to the large city like Santiago. I had not heard of Arica before but of the Atacama desert. I ended up here because it was one of the ports on our cruise itinerary. While driving through the Atacama desert we made a stop to get a closer look at Presencias Tuteleres sculptors done by a-Chilean. Sculptor. These structures are made of concrete and clay and were inaugurated in 1997. They commemorate the first cultures of the region.
while we were there we were entertained by these dancers in their colorful costumes. During the dance I noticed that a whistle was used to change routines and was blown by a female and or male.
Here is a glimpse of the view as we drove through the desert. There was evidence of what appeared to be a village where copper mining was been done and there was this coco cola sign not sure of its significance, I might have missed the explanation from our guide.
We made a stop at the Archaeological Museum San Miguel de Azapa.
We later stopped by a farm and from that spot we were able to view some petroglyphs. It is a good idea to always travel with a pair of binoculars and great if your camera has zoom lens.
Around the town
We did not climb El Morro but visitors are able to and it is said the view is spectacular.