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Sernatur (Servicio Nacional de Turismo) has information on the entire Arica-Painacota and Tarapacá regions, as well as other parts of Chile (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. San Marcos 101, Tel: 25-2054, E-mail: infoarica@senatur.cl). The city has its own tourism office, Dirección de Turismo (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sotomayor 352, Tel: 20-6245 / 20-6247, E-mail: aricaturistica@gmail.com, URL: www.municipalidaddearica.cl). Other useful contacts in Arica are:

• Conaf (Corporación Nacioanl Forestal, national park office)—Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Vicuña Mackenna 820, Tel: 20-1206 / 25-0750, URL: www.conaf.cl.

• Carabineros (police)—Tel.: 133 (emergency).

• Automóvil Club de Chile—18 de Septiembre 1360, Tel.: 25-4293)

• Bolivian Consulate—Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Lynch 298, Tel: 58-3390.

• Peruvian Consulate—18 de Septiembre 1554, Tel: 23-1020.

These nations also have consulates in Arica:

• Austria—Sotomayor 169, Tel: 23-1274

• Brazil—Las Margaritas 717

• Denmark—General Lagos 559-571, Tel: 25-2234

• Ecuador—LaTorre 565, office 404, 4th floor, Tel: 25-7086

• Germany—Arturo Prat 391, 10th floor, office 101, Tel: 25-4663

• Hungary—Tucapel 50

• Italia—Chacabuco and San Martín

• Norway—Blanco Encalada

• Spain—Santa María 2660, Tel: 22-4655

• Uruguay—21 de Mayo 345, office 45, Tel.: 25-6686

 

The pedestrian street 21 de Mayo is the financial heart of the city, with all the major banks present. Besides offering ATMs, most also change cash U.S. dollars and euros during business hours (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.):

• Scotiabank (2 de Mayo 187)—ATM: MasterCard, Cirrus, Visa, Plus

• Banco del Estado (2 de Mayo 228-238)—24-hour ATM: MasterCard, Cirrus

• BBVA (21 de Mayo 402)—ATM: MasterCard, Cirrus, Visa, Plus

• Santander (several along 21 de Mayo; ATM at 21 de Mayo 345)—ATM: Visa, Plus, MasterCard, Cirrus, American Express

Several exchange houses are also along this stretch, including Casa de Cambio Moreno which changes U.S. dollars, euros, soles, bolivianos and pesos (daily 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-9:30 p.m. 21 de Mayo 217). A few doors up is a shopping gallery with several other exchange houses. Cambio Yanulaque changes American Express travelers checks at poor rates (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4-8 p.m., Colón 388). Chile Express is the major Western Union agent. It pays wires in pesos or dollars (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 21 de Mayo 335, URL: www.chileexpress.cl).

 

Phone offices and Internet cafés are common in Arica’s downtown area. Most are closed on Sunday. The more expensive ones are on 21 de Mayo pedestrian mall. Internet averages $0.80 per hour. A few dependable ones are:

• Ciber Tux (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight. Bolognesi 370)—Sells snacks and refreshments; smoking allowed; children not permitted.

• Cyber Pub (Monay-Friday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sotomayor 275)—Has sandwiches and full bar; one of the few cafés open Sundays

Centro de Llamadas Sin Fronteras charges $0.20 per minute for calls to the U.S., Canada and most European countries (Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 21 de Mayo 601). The post office, Correos de Chile, is in the Servicios Públicos building at the corner of Emilio Castro and Prat (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 3:30-6:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).

 

Arica’s main health facility is Hospital Dr. Juan Noé (18 de Septiembre 1000, Tel.: 23-0259). Many pharmacies are found along the pedestrian section of 21 de Mayo.

 

La Moderna charges $3.60 per kilo to wash, dry and iron clothes (Monay-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30-9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 18 de Septiembre 457).

 

The pedestrian malls (paseo peatonal) Bolognesi and Thompson are lined with small kiosks selling clothing, jewelry, woodworks, musical instruments and other crafts, as well as toys, books and CDs. The Feria Internacional Máximo Lira next to the Arica-Tacna train station specializes in Peruvian and Bolivian woolens and artesanía. Casa de Desportes El Gallo stocks sleeping bags, insulation pads and some camping gear, but no tents (Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 6-9:30 p.m. Lynch 450, Tel.: 23-2062).

 

 

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