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Pre / Post Cruise Tours

ARICA

01-CH-01 Arica in a Nutshell                                                                   9 hours
01-CH-02 Tour Arica, Andes Mountains, Lakes, Altiplano, Incasic Towns  9 hr
01-CH-03 Lunch and Afternoon in a Quinta                                        4-6 hours

The impressive rock of the historic Morro de Arica dominates the landscape of the city. From the extensive beaches over the Pacific Ocean takes around 3 hours to reach the high summits and volcanoes of the Altiplano, where lives a rich variety of wild mammals (from chinchillas to llamas) and birds; in another three hours from the border is possible to reach Titicaca Lake or La Paz.

Arica itself is surounded by hills and agricultural valleys, where most of the farms are. In Azapa is located the extraordinary Arqueological Museum where it is exhibited the oldest mummy in the world. A visit to Arica must include a tasting of the famous olives of the Azapa Valley or visit the Agro market, full of semitropical fruits, even unknown for most of chileans.

Arica is, perhaps, one of the safest city of Chile. Their calm and friendly inhabitants even leave their cars unlocked, with documents inside at plain view.


01-CH-01 Arica in a Nutshell                                                                     9 hours
City Tour, Beaches, Valleys, Archaelogical Museum, Incaic Towns

8.00-11.30 AM City Tour of Arica, Incaic Towns, border with Perú. The visit begins with the southern coast of Arica, Alacrán ex Island, used by pirates, and the seaside resort of La Lisera. Via Panamerican Highway and Valley of River Lluta we reach Poconchile, the small town preincaic town, where you will see geogliphs and the first glympses of the road that connects with Bolivia. In our way back we will see the border with Perú, only 5 minutes away, and have the opportunity to take a photograph with the sign at 1.300 miles (2.091 km) of Santiago, that is less than the half of long of Chile. You will see the remains of the chilean defenses build during the years of tension around the end of 1970's.

11.00 AM Beaches and Downtown Arica. The coastal highway, parallel to extensive beaches of Chinchorro, take us to downtown and we will see the Cathedral of San Marcos, designed by Eiffel. In the International Bus Terminal many peruvians merchants are seen preparing to return to their country after buying cheap articles in Chile; they take within their clothes even chickens, something that you never see in other city of Chile. Others are skinny and they wear so many second hand clothes that they have dificulties to walk.

12.00 PM Azapa. In the Archaelogical Museum San Miguel de Azapa you will see the oldest mummy in the world, found it in Chinchorro. Later we will visit a olive plantation were you will be able to taste directly from a small grower the famous Olives of Azapa, with it's incredible flavor.

1-2.30 PM Lunch (not included).

2.30- 3.30 PM We will have the glympse of the Atacama dessert, with impressive canyons in a panorama completely different to what we saw previously.

3.30 PM Morro de Arica, the historic rock where Chile and Peru fought june 7th 1880; that day is celebrated as the anniversary of Arica. The history of the battle is presented in the interesting military museum.

4.30 PM Walking and relaxing on the beaches, at the warmest waters of Chile.

5.00 PM Back at your Cruise. End of the services.

6.00 PM Expected sailing time from Arica.

· Rates Tour 9 hours (per person)

1 person   $140
2 persons $  79
3 persons $  60
4 persons $  60
5
persons $  60
6 persons $  60

· Not include

· Lunch.
· Additional fee for the use of video or photographic cameras in Museo San Miguel de Azapa.


01-CH-02 Arica, Andes Mountains, Lakes, Altiplano, Incasic Towns 10 hrs
From Pacific to the Andes, landscape, animals, and the oldest remains of a human being

07.00-07.30 AM From the port we will go straight to the mountains by the coastal road close to Chinchorro Beach, where it was found the oldest mummy in the world. We will have a glympse of the border with Perú, at minutes from the center and 1.300 miles (2.091 km) from Santiago. The Panamerican Highway and the main road to Bolivia cross the Lluta Valley and we can see it via pre Incaic towns like Poconchile, Cactus Candelabros; in the slopes of the mountains there are geogliphs and old fortresses. In the way up to the mountains we will stop at Socoroma, with a panoramic view of the town of Putre.

10.30-11.00 AM Lauca National Park. Slowly the view of the snow caped volcanoes is getting more impressive. In 3.30 hours we will reach the highest point at Lake Chungará (altitude 4.570mts/14.980 ft), with cactus candelabrus, wild llamas, flamingoes, chinchillas, the emerald coloured lagoons of Cotacotani. We will stop on the road to take photographs, or to have a closer view of landscape and animals.

1.00 PM Begin the return to Arica. Parinacota.

2.30 PM Azapa. If there is time, we can stop at the Archeological Museum in Azapa, that presents the oldest mummy in the world, Momia del Chinchorro. Or, as a alternative the Morro de Arica, the historic rock where in 1880 fought the armies of Chile and Peru. From the top the view reaches as far as the border with Perú and the snowcaped volcanoes that we already seen so closely. In the way down to the center we can see the Cathedral of San Marcos, designed by Eiffel.

5-5:30 PM Back to the port, that it is only minutes away and we will take you to your Cruise. End of the services.

6 PM Expected sailing time.

· Rates Tour 10 hours (per person)

1 person   $199
2 persons $100
3 persons $100
4 persons $100
5 persons $  90
6 persons $  90

· Included

· Lunch box
· Oxygen in case needed

· Not included

· Additional fee for the use of video or photographic cameras in Museo Arqueológico San Miguel de Azapa.

· Special Notes

· Have a light breakfast on board and take with you plenty of water, as well as chocolates, sweets. It is not good to eat much; it case of doubt better to ask to the guide.

· Take warm clothes for Lake Chungará.

· Between the end of january and march is the rainy season in the altiplanic lands. Even if in downtown Arica do not rains, in that time the water descends towards Arica by the rivers San Jose and Lluta (main highway to Lake Chungará and Bolivia). If, due to weather conditions, is not possible to reach Lake Chungará we will opt for the tour 01-CH-01, and it will be considerate at that cost.

· We will have oxigen on board, normally not needed.

· This tour is not recommended to travelers who have heart problems.


01-CH-03 Lunch and Afternoon in a Quinta                         4-6 hours     $65 pp.
A relaxing cultural and gastronomic day in Arica

08.00 AM Cruise arrive to Arica. From your ship you can walk to the center and stroll around.

11.30 PM We will take you to the Archeological Museum San Miguel de Azapa. From the museum we will go to a private Quinta in Azapa where you will have a open air lunch, prepared on site, with seafood, meat, wine. The place have a extensive garden, trees and is ideal to rest after lunch time, and perhaps even a siesta.

When you prefer, you will be taken to downtown, and visit Morro de Arica, with view of volcanoes and the border with Perú.

5 PM Back at your Cruise. End of the services.

6 PM Expected sailing time.

· Rates Lunch and Afternoon in a Quinta 4-6 hours

$65 per person

· Include

· Transport from downtown to Museo Arqueológico, Quinta, Morro de Arica and your Cruise.

· Entrance ticket (use of cameras extra) to Museo Arqueológico San Miguel de Azapa.

· Lunch in Quinta, with wine.

· Note

· No personal guide in this tour