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Arica - Seems it never rains in …

Arica, Chile's northernmost city, is located at only 18 km from the border with Peru.

Perhaps this picture with the cannons doesn’t look very peacefully.
Till 1880 Arica was part of Peru. In the War of the Pacific, Chilean troops conquered this city and in 1929 both countries signed an agreement whereby Arica definitively belonged to Chile.

The surrounding desert hills may also look very desolate and inhospitable.

Still, Arica is one of the heartiest cities of Chile. It’s mild weather has made it known as the ‘city of the eternal spring’. Possibly this may have an effect on the nature of the population.

Arica is a city on a human scale, secure everywhere and with very friendly habitants. Together with Valparaiso this town has taken a place in my heart.
In general, Chileans are very friendly and helpful. In Arica I met great people and contacts with foreigners are gladly made.

And for a visitor from Belgium there’s an extra bonus:
The city is known as the driest inhabited place on earth. In Arica it never rains.

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