There is a double decker tourist bus that leaves the main plaza twice a day (9am & 2pm) for sigthseeing tours of Arequipa. You will drive past the main buildings in the city and venture out to the more rural areas to visit view points of the volcanos, historic houses and an old mill. If you have a spare 1/2 day in Arequipa I would recommend this as a good way to have a look around. You but tickets from the guide on the bus.
Volcano Climbing - Ubinas
If you are interested in climbing an active volcano in Peru, Ubinas is for you. Even though it is approximately 5,500m high the climb is easy and much quicker than the 2 day trip up the more famous El Misti volcano. The drive to the start of the trek takes approximately 4 hours by 4WD. The climb to the edge of the crater takes about 3.5 hours and the descent only around 1 hour.
I had an amazing time peering into the crater, watching steam & a little bit of ash coming from within while listening to the rumbles from deeper inside. The views both into the crater and of the surrounding desert make the climb well worth the effort.
I climbed with a guide organised through Andean Travel in Arequipa. He was fantastic and had heaps of experience climbing all the mountains and volcanos around. His knowledge of what could happen if the volcano seriously erupted made me sure that he was the right person to climb with.
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
A very nice and colorful monastery right in the middle of Arequipa.
You have a lot of young women running around there but you have to pay them to show you around - they speak all kind of languages. I just went by myself with a map because there were no other german or english tourists around at that moment and I didn´t want to pay so much just to walk around with one lady.
Colca Cañon Tour
That was a great tour with a very good guide - too bad I forgot her name - but I will think about it...
We were also a very nice group with nice people to talk to.
I never like the selling stuff but that´s what people there live from and that´s ok.
What was great - was the food!!! really good.
We saw Lamas, Alpacas, Condors and at night we went to the therm bath after that to the discotheke in the little town and showed them how to dance :)
Arequipa is a great city to walk, there are lots of interesting churches, palaces and buildings, and still is not like a museum, is a lively city with a vibrant commercial life, and some good nightlife.
Monasterio de Santa Teresa.
This convent devoted to religious seclusion was built in 1710 and was opened to the public in recent years (2005). It´s a beautiful building with amazing works of religious art, and some great frescoes. Guided visits every half hour.
Monasterio de Santa Catalina.
This huge convent is one of the wonders of Arequipa, is like a city inside a city, chapels, cloisters, gardens, it covered more than 20,000 meters. A good way to visit the convent is by a local guide (90 minutes visit).
La Compañia church interior (the Sixtine Chapel)
Inside the church there´s a impressive chapel known as the Peruvian Sixtine Chapel, full of paintings and colonial statues. Close to the church there are two of the original cloisters used now for handicrafts shops and offices.
It´s the city main church located at the Plaza de Armas and is a big and beautiful building. It was destroyed by earthquakes and reconstructed several times, but finally in 1656 it was finished by Andres de Espinoza.
Una visita al mercado de Arequipa es interesante por el gran colorido que tiene .Tienes que ver la parte normal donde están las frutas , la carne , las verduras y la zona donde venden los animales vivos (conejos , conejillos de indias , aves,..)
Los puestos de patatas y de maiz son espectaculares por la gran variedad y formas
Un jugode frutas te sentará de maravilla
A visit to Arequipa market is interesting due to its colourful . You must visit the normal area where they have fruit , meat , vegetables and the area where they are selling the living animals (Guinea pigs, rabbits , poultry...)
The potatoes and corn stalls are a show due the great variety in shapes and colours
A fruits juice will be very nice
La iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús es uno de los mejores ejemplos del arte barroco andino o estilo mestizo
La portada frontal con sus relieves , los claustros , las tres naves con su altar tallado de cedro dorado ,la capilla de San Ignacio , la sacristía donde hay pinturas de plantas y animales tropicales con una gran bóveda hacen que la Compañía y todo su entorno sea uno de los lugares que hay que ver en Arequipa
The church of the Compañía de Jesús is one of the best examples of the Andean Barroque art or mestizo style
The main gate with its carving , the cloisters , the three bays with the gilded carved cedar altar , San Ignacio chapel , the sacristy where there are paintings of tropical animals and plants with a great vault make that the Compañía and all his environment is one of theplaces that you must visit in Arequipa
En el centro de la plaza de armas se encuentra el Turututu , que representa a un soldado del siglo XVI que era el antiguo pregonero que daba las noticias en la plaza de armas a golpe de trompeta
La plaza de armas es una de las más grandes de América en la que los edificios están hechos con sillar blanco , tiene forma cuadrada , y los edificios tienen arcos a dos niveles
En ella está la Catedral , la Compañía , la Municipalidad y unas terrazas de lo más recomendables para comer o cenar
Es un sitio ideal para sentarse y ver como pasa la vida en Arequipa
In the center of the Plaza de Armas is the Turututu , that represents a soldier of the XVI century who was the proclaimer that gave the news in the Plaza de Armas playing the trumpet
It is on of the biggest Plaza de Armas in America , where the buildings are built with white stone "sillar" , has square shape , and the buildings have two levels of arches .
On it is the Cathedral , The Compañía , the Town Hall and some terraces recommended to have lunch or dinner
It is an ideal place to seat and to see how the Arequipa life flows
Convento de Santa Catalina(2)Claustros/Cloisters
Hay tres claustros en el convento :
El de las novicias que tiene frescos de la letanía
El de los naranjos donde los frescos representan los ejercicios de San Ignacio
En el claustro Mayor se representa la vida de Jesús y María
Llama la atención el colorido en el que contrastan el blanco del sillar y los colores ocre y azul
There are three cloisters in the convent :
Novicias cloister with litany frescoes
Orange Trees cloister with frescoes representing San Ignacio Exercises
In Mayor Cloister is represented the Maria and Jesus life
It pays the attention the colour full were are contrasting the white colour of the sillar stone and the blues and ochers
Convento de Santa Catalina (1)
Es impresionante , bonito y recuerda a España
Este convento fue fundado en 1579 por una viuda de Arequipa para dedicarse a la oración y a la contemplación .
En él se alojaban más de 450 monjas de la nobleza de Perú , que podían tener hasta tres sirvientas y además las "monjas pobres" y otras damas que no eran religiosas , pero querían
la vida del convento
El ajuar de las novicias consistía en :un colchón, una almohada, dos juegos de sábanas, dos pares de botines, dos cambios de ropa, un candelabro, una bacenilla y una cuota para su manutención.
Emociona cuando ves los nombres de las calles : Burgos , Granada . Sevilla . Plaza de Zocodober...
%cIt is impressive , nice ,and it reminds me to Spain
This convent was founded on 1579 by an Arequipa widow ,with the authorization of the Viceroy Francisco Toledo , to be dedicated to the pray and contemplation
The convent had more than 450 nuns of the Perú nobility , that could have up to three servants and besides the "poor nuns" and another ladies that were not religious , but that they wanted to live the convent life
The novice nuns trousseau it was formed by : One mattress , one pillow, two sets of sheets , two pairs of shoes , clothes for two changes , one candelabra , one chamber pot and money for their maintenance
It is exciting to see the streets names : Burgos , Granada , Sevilla ; plaza Zocodover...
Chachani , Misti y Pichu Pichu
Estos nombres tan raros son los de los tres volcanes que dominan Arequipa , que se pueden ver desde muchos rincones y algunos hasta los suben a pie y dicen que las vistas son impresionantes
This odd names belong to the three volcanoes that have a view on Arequipa and you may see them from different corners and even more some people climb them and they say that there are a beautiful views
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