Welcome to Chile, and Arica. This is right on the border, and you must pass through. If you spend a few nights, there is a pleasant enough downtown area, with colorful cafes and restaurants (pictured above). If you are coming from Peru, and headed to Atacama next, there is a good night bus from here, offered by Turbus. If you are headed to the Santiago vicinity next, I think Iquique, about 6 hours south, is actually a better spot to hang for a few days. At any rate, if you spend a little time in Arica, I’ve got you covered with a few cafes here.

If you are coming from Peru, get ready for some serious price shock, especially on taxis and eating out. Say goodbye to those huge almuerzos for 3 bucks. On the bright side, almost all movies are shown in English, drivers let you cross the street, and don’t even get me started about the Chilenos and their fiestas!

Now, to those cafes…

Kawri Cafe
I may have missed some place, of course, but Kawri Cafe was the only place in town that I considered a nomad cafe. It’s got the right vibes, a variety of seating, and outlets too. No outdoor seating, but you’re like a block from the ocean, and from a park going off to the left. It’s open from 8am to 9:30pm Monday through Friday, until 10pm Satudays, and closed Sundays.

There’s a few other cafes around the block, on the pedestrian thoroughfare (pictured at top). The best looking of them, I thought, was Arte Cafe – but it doesn’t have wifi. Cafe de Valle has wifi, but is certainly not a nomad cafe. On a national holiday, though, it was open, when Kawri was closed. Two other possibilities are Greenfast and Teatime. Kawri is really the place to go in Arica. I mention the other places just for if Kawri is closed, or you feel like checking out some other cafe.

Enjoy your stay in Arica!