With its proximity to Bolivia and Peru, a local Aymara Indian community, and thousands of years of history, you won't be surprised that Arica showcases plenty of Andean handicrafts. Stalls clog Bolognesi downtown, and a Bolivian-Peruvian market runs along Máximo Lira, between the entrance to the port and the Tacna train station. You'll find higher quality local products in the Pueblo Artesanal, a 12-hut replica of Parinacota, including a copy of its church that's worth a look. The high quality crafts include textiles, sculptures, alpaca knitwear, leather goods, and ceramics. The village entrance is at Hualles 2885, near the road entries to the Azapa Valley; it's open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 1pm and 3:30 to 7:30pm. Local products are absent from major supermarket chains, but available at Sabores de Arica downtown, on Bolognesi 317 (tel. 58/259101; www.saboresdearica.cl).
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