Although the most anticipated event is the Carnaval Con la Fuerza del Sol that takes place in January each year, just as important is the celebration of the day of the dead in the cemeteries of the entire region (November 1st and 2nd), of which the Cementerio de San Miguel de Azapa and the Cementerio General de Arica stand out, where with traditional music interpreted by brass bands, the family offers their dead relatives their favorite food an spends time with them with dances, family members, and visiting friends. During the two days of the festivity, the particularities of the relationship with and vision of death that exist in the region’s local population can be observed.
Each cemetery is reached separately or using public transportation. We recommend taking water, lunch (snack), a camera, and a hat as protection from the sun. For more information, please contact the organizers.
In the region of Arica and Parinacota, it only rains in the foothills and highlands of the Andes and the Altiplano. Precipitation on the coast is almost nonexistent, therefore Arica has an interesting and diverse night life that is fairly safe, with jazz, blues, and Andean folk performances in the city’s downtown area.
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a beer or a platter of traditional food in one of these pubs or restaurants that offer a varied selection of drinks, and delicious cuisine from Arica with influences and flavors from all over the world.