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El Morro de Arica

Cerro La Cruz, Arica, Chile
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Arica
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This national monument is an enormous rock, standing 110 meters high and paying tribute to the Chilean military victories in the 19th Century Pacific... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Cork, Ireland
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Worth the 10 minutes or so to get to the top for great views of the city. It looks tougher than it is. At the top there is a Christo Redeemer lookalike and you can get good photos of Arica, particularly where the desert meets the sea

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

You can drive but it is better to take the path up from south of the cathedral. This is the site of a famous battle won by the Chileans (which is why you are now in Chile not Peru) and was also a famous refuge from the giant tsunami in 1900.

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Moorea, French Polynesia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
66 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

It's not very long to hike up, but take a hat and sun lotion. You can also get up by car or taxi. A military museum is on the top of El Morro

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London
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24 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

A 15min steep walk to the top ( a 5 min taxi if you choose to wimp out!). The view from the top is pretty impressive, especially if you get a clear day

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Brisbane, Australia
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27 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

It may look daunting from the city centre and perhaps a waste of leg strength but I highly recommend this little walk up to el Morro. It only takes about 15 mins maximum to make it to the top. Follow Colon street and there you will find a white & yellow building which leads you to the top. There's definitely... More

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santiago, chile
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Sergio Villarroel Cel: 6 4054382 , srolandovillarroel@gmail.com, took us to the Morro de Arica and beaches on our last 2 hrs. in Arica. Nice place to visit. Worth to contact him for a city tour in his taxi.

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Maryland Heights, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Arica is a walkable city, with some areas designated for pedestrians only. Perhaps the main attraction is El Morro, a 430 foot cliff/rock that is accessible from the port area. I pride myself on walking, but have to admit, this was a more strenuous hike than I expected. It is also attainable by bus or taxi. I hiked it, but... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The walk up is quite strenuous - plan your trip to avoid midday sun and take water. Or take a cab or bus. That said the effort is worth it as you get a fantastic view up both sides of the coast. Didn't go in the museum - not our sort of thing. Great to be able to see the... More

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Chicago
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

You can either walk up or take a taxi or bus to the top. The main industry of the town is fishing and the fish are ground into meal for pet food. You can both see and smell the fish. This is the driest desert in the world with less than 1/2mm of rain per annum. The geo glyphs outside... More

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Bad Pyrmont, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We came into Arica on a cruise ship. To go from the port to the top of El Morro costs $ 5 by taxi. The hill offers fantastic views of the city, port and beaches (good in the afternoon). We made the trip to the top on a local bus. The bus driver accepted US Dollars. The statue of Christ... More

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