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El Morro de Arica

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Address: Cerro La Cruz, Arica, Chile
Description: This national monument is an enormous rock, standing 110 meters high and...
This national monument is an enormous rock, standing 110 meters high and paying tribute to the Chilean military victories in the 19th Century Pacific War.
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breathtaking view

We drove up to the top of el morro because it was a pretty hot day... but when it cools down I would love to make the hike. Seeing Arica from up high makes you fall a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Arica, Chile
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Arica, Chile
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We drove up to the top of el morro because it was a pretty hot day... but when it cools down I would love to make the hike. Seeing Arica from up high makes you fall a little bit more in love with the city. The museum was a little boring for me– I'm not much of a war buff,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We hiked to the top in a hot day but it was still worth it to see the expanse of the city of Arica and it's surroundings. And especially the port which is huge.

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Blue Hill, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This promontory, the decisive battleground of the 1880 war, dominates Arica both physically and symbolically. The view is great, the history is compelling. The museum could be much better with a diorama, more tourist-friendly. Take the 20 minute hike up from the city.

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Tucson, Arizona
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80 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

El Morro is located right in town. It is a historical memorial of the battle between Peru and Chile. To start the climb you walk up hill about 3 blocks, turn right and walk up a steeper hill about another 2 blocks to reach the base of the rock. There are stairs to a view point, not very high. Continue... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

A giant Jesus, several war memorials and a war museum, great views along the coast and across town - it's worth the walk up, but you probably won't stay long, or go back a second time.

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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

You reach el morro by walking up for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then you have a great view over arica and you also see the ocean. On top, there is a museum and a nice statue.

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Ghent, Belgium
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3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

El Morro is just a pleasant thing to discover. You can walk up (although a steep climb) and enjoy the views over the city, the sea, the birds (vultures) that circle around. I wouldn't visit the army museum which lies on top again. We had to because included in our tour, but it really is a big propaganda for Chilean... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I enjoyed the walk up the sloping path to the lookout, from which the views of the town and the ocean were great. My husband enjoyed a short visit to the Military Museum located there.

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Interesting history but steep climb. Take water and sunscreen. And if you like dogs maybe some snacks for the strays

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Santiago, Chile
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21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

t is not as far to the top as you think. Maybe 20-30 min walk up the hill. It is definitely worth going up there. We went as the sun was going down and it was awesome. There is a really good view of the city and the whole area. It is also worth staying after the sun goes down... More 

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