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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: 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:, URL: 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:

• 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: Afex is the MoneyGram agent, and also exchanges various international currencies and travelers checks (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 21 de Mayo 425-A, URL:

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