Postcards from the Desert {Arica, Chile}

A few weeks ago, we had two bank holidays in a row, which fell on a Monday and Tuesday. Hello long, long weekend!dsc07631dsc07615dsc07627So, months before, we booked flights to Arica, a small city in the very north of Chile with a population of 157,000.  Arica is right in the middle of the desert, next to the border to Peru, and it actually used to belong to Peru up until a 1840.  It can be described as an oasis in the middle of the desert due to it’s coastal location.dsc07617dsc07662dsc07660The flight from Santiago is about 2hr 30min, which still blows my mind as Chile is just so long! And, we really did arrive in the desert. I mean, I knew it was the desert but it was still a shock to be surrounded by nothing but sand and the colour yellow!dsc07619dsc07622dsc07655“Why Arica?”, is the question everyone asked when I said what I was doing for the long weekend, as it really isn’t a destination that people go to. Well, Carlos has family there, so we went to see them and enjoy the city of ‘eternal Spring’ as Arica doesn’t have seasons: it’s a pleasant temperature all year around, which accounted for my burnt shoulders, despite the factor 30 I applied.dsc07607dsc07620dsc07616We spent our four days eating lots of delicious seafood, watching stunning sunsets, enjoying the beach and we even got to see turtles as we went out to the sea on bodyboards.  We also took a daily siesta in the spirit of being outside of the capital. dsc07610dsc07663dsc07624dsc07630dsc07632dsc07651  The perfect way to enjoy a long weekend, and now I am entering into the last few weeks of the school year here in Santiago, ready for the longest summer!dsc07657dsc07623

Ever been to the desert?

Marcella xx

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31 thoughts on “Postcards from the Desert {Arica, Chile}

  1. I’m a bit confused as to why people asked- “Why arica?” Because this place looks incredible! I’m personally a big fan of deserts, but having a desert that literally ends at the sea is so cool! Beautiful photoa as always! 😀

  2. I have been to the desert here in California but it is totally different from Arica. I guess every desert is unique in certain way. As a matter of fact, since we are moving towards winter in here, it is going to be high season in the desert area. Hope I can visit once or twice. #wanderfulwednesday

  3. Getting out of town for the long weekend sounds like the perfect plan! I have to admit, I love visiting the desert! I think that it’s just so pretty even though it’s a lot of sand. I still can’t get over how beautiful that sunset picture is!

  4. I’ve never even heard of Arica, but it looks gorgeous. I’m quite tempted by that house for sale 🙂 It looks like a great place to spend a holiday, and nice to be able to visit family as well. I am quite impressed that you got burned even through factor 30, but then I guess I’ve never been to a real life desert before!

  5. Marcella, I love how you find a splash of color (murals or blooming flowers) even in the dessert! 🙂 I’ve been to Dubai and the spread of nothing but sand for miles was truly spectacular. Thanks for hosting another great week of the link-up 🙂

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