Just across from La Compañía you'll find a couple good heladerias (ice cream shops). Be sure to try the Queso Helado (literally cheese ice cream), which is somewhat of a local delicacy. I'm not sure if there's actually cheese in this concoction or if it's just frozen milk with some sugar and cinnamon, but it sure tastes good.
Another local specialty
For some this may be hard to swallow, but one of the local specialties in Peru is "cuy" or guinea pig. In Arequipa, it's cuy chactado, which is a deep friend version of our furry little friend. You can ask the chef to cut it up for you so that you don't have to look at the head and claws and everything, but what fun would that be?! Here I am giving my dinner a little kiss.
queso helado, take II
This tasty ice cream-like concoction is a distant cousin to egg nog and its creamy egg infused flavor is contagious. We couldn't get enough of it. Just look for a girl out in front of a small eatery. She'll be stirring frantically with a wooden spoon into a huge metallic bowl. One place that has it is Pasteleria Holandesa at Moral 109-B. It's also a great cheap place to try other local specialties. Our favorite was similar to an empanada but made of mashed potatoes filled with ground meat and served with raw onions and cilantro. Wash it down with the local soda, Escoresa (WAY better than Inca Kola!) and then get ready for desert, freshly made queso helado! YUM and the main reason I'll ever go back to Arequipa again...lol It's tough to spend three bucks in this place too. :))
Arequipa's Day - 15 August
The Day of Arequipa is August 15, but the whole month is devoted to celebrate such date,especially from 12-19 August. There are several activities, like public acts, pasacalles, fight of bulls, Peruvian horse exhibitions, competitions about climbing the Misti volcano, etc. However, the principal ones that attract locals and youngsters are,
- the spectacles with fireworks the evening of Aug. 14, along with a serenade;
- a parade on Aug. 15, named Corso de la Amistad (Friendship Parade), with beauty queens and dance groups, and to which more than 100 000 people participate at any stage during the whole day, between locals and tourists; and
- the Music Festivity sponsored by Arequipean Beer. It takes place in Cerro Juli, and several pop artists and rock bands from Peru and Latin America are invited to perform. However, it seems like this year it will be discontinued. Hope not!!!
Hope one day you can come and enjoy them :-)
Virgen de Chapi Festivity (May 1st)
The Virgin of Chapi is the lady and protector of Arequipa, to whom it have been attributed several miracles, and the devotion to her is very strong. Before year 2001, during this religious festivity, held on May 1st, masses of people use to do a pilgrimage to her sanctuary, (located 40 km from Arequipa) most of them by foot, and join her image which is taken out in a procession. To crown the day, in the evening fireworks are used in her honor.
However, due to the damages the sanctuary has suffered from the 2001 earthquake, the image of the Virgin has been moved to the church of Yanahuara, where this festivity takes place from that day on.
- Family Travel
- Religious Travel
- Arts and Culture
The ailment of the Apus-Food & Drink
In terms of its food, Arequipa has some really good and unique cuisine. But, there are three things that you must try if you make it there: its avocados (paltas as they are called in Arequipean Spanish); its cactus pear fruit called locally "tuna" which you can try its three varieties: green, orange and purple. These are sold in markets or by local women on the streets who keep them in baskets and they will peel them for you right there and then for 1 sol per tuna; and a fresh fruit juice made with the local papaya called Papaya Arequipeña. This type of papaya is not good as a fruit on its own, but delicious in juice, so don't try to eat it off the vendor stand.
Another good and local snack to try are the salteñas. These are pastries like empanadas filled with a meat like stew. They are juicy and served warm. Arequipeños usually wake up very early and will most likely have an early breakfast of tea or coffee, juice and a buttered roll. So, at around 10:30am they get hungry and will eat a salteña accompanied by a Kola Escocesa (a local purple Arequipean gasified soda/pop. Kola Escocesa has been produced by a company called Yura since the 1950s using mineral water from the town the co. is named after-Yura, a town not far from the city); or can be eaten accompanied by a freshly made jugo de frutas (fruit juice).
If you are into trying traditional things, go to El mercado de San Camilo (go with very little money and during the day). There you will see many traditional foods, meats, even herbs, and objects to conjure magic. Try drinking a freshly made juice at one of the many fruit stands. They use boiled water so you will be fine. Just to make sure ask them if the water "esta hervida".
El EQUECO (Dios de la prosperidad y abundancia) para los países andinos es el representante de la riqueza y la prosperidad para los negocios y el hogar
Cuenta la Leyenda que era un campesino muy trabajador que comerció y trabajó tanto que hizo muchísimo dinero y que después lo cargaba en su espalda junto a todas sus posesiones.
Para poder seguir trabajando y ganar más dinero estaba f umando constantemente por tanto si quieres que te cumpla un deseo tienes que colgarle la cosa que deseas y darle un cigarro
The EQUECO (God of the abundance and the prosperity) for the andean culture , represents the richness and prosperity on the business and at home
The legend says That he was a peasant that worked very hard and traded and worked so much that he did a lot of money and that he was taking it all over him with all his belongings.
In order to keep on working and getting more money , he was constantly smoking and for this reason if you want that he gives you a wish you must hang on him the wished thing and give a cigarette
A finales de octubre hacen un pan especial con caras de niños y niñas que se los dan a los pequeños el día de Todos los Santos el 2 de noviembre
At the end of October they make an special bread with boys or girls faces That are given to the children for the Day of the dead on 2nd November
sunday great soup breakfast ADOBO
Arequipe?os love good food, every day ther have a differenet menu.
Sunday is the only day to try Adobo a delicious soup made of pork ,onions, spices and chicha jora or a maiz local drink. local restaurant are full since very early in the morning.
Best places to try it.
cayma and yanahuara
You will recognise easily because they have a big pan cooking in the open door of every local sillar house.
At this altitude and latitude the sun feels really bright. As such, you'll find the people here (and probably yourself) holding up anything, hands, books, newspapers, etc. to block the sun from theirface.
It is beautiful delicious drink made of medicinal herbs.
Nobody try it ... it is only famous wit locals ... it is the perfect kind of medicine for the altitude sickness (soroche) and against the cold in the andes.
Best way to get it. In the corner of the streets at night. cost only S/.0.50 sol this warm drink
Easter Holy Week
Easter holy week, or better known in Peru as Semana Santa is a wonderful time to be in Peru, especially Arequipa. Peru is a very devout Catholic country so they take Easter week very seriously. Whether you are Christian or not, it is fun to be in Peru during this week because of all the festivals and hustle and bustle that is going about. During our stay in Peru we accidently came upon 2 different Easter processions while we were strolling the streets. These parades are a big affair. On Good Friday there is a big food fest in the Plaza de Armas. If you do plan on being in Peru during Easter week, make sure you book your flight earlier than expected because the flight tickets go quick during this week.
- Religious Travel
I visited Arequipa during the Easter Holidays, so i could enjoy the local processions. Some of them similar to the ones in Seville.
La Macarena Procession.
One of the procession i saw during my visit, was the one with the famous image of the Virgin de la Macarena