12 Facts About Arica


Arica is an important port for a large inland region of South America.

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Arica thus held a crucial role as one of the leading ports of the Spanish Empire.

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In 1958, the Chilean Government established the "Junta de Adelanto de Arica", which promulgated many tax incentives for the establishment of industries, such as vehicle assembly plants, a tax-free zone, and a casino, among others.

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Population of Arica is made up of various long-established groups in the region, and other more recent arrivals settled at differing times.

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Arica was made famous in 1970 by the spiritual master Oscar Ichazo when he held a 10-month training there for 50 North Americans from the Esalen Institute in California.

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The Arica School, based in the United States of America, has influenced thousands of people all over the world.

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Morro de Arica is a steep and tall hill located in the city.

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Arica has strong ties with the city of Tacna, Peru; many people cross the border daily to travel between the cities, partly because many services are cheaper on the Peruvian side.

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Arica is connected to Tacna in Peru and to La Paz in Bolivia by separate railroad lines.

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Unlike many other cities with arid climates, Arica seldom sees extreme temperatures throughout the course of the year and it is relatively overcast.

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Arica is known as the driest inhabited place on Earth, at least as measured by rainfall: average annual precipitation is 0.

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Arica plays host to a leg of the International Bodyboarding Association's world tour event every year at the notorious "el flops" surf break.

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