Arequipa Travel Guide

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Arequipa Things to Do

  • Free Walking Tour

    This is the same outfit that run tours in Cusco and Miraflores. A complete waste of time. The tour was conducted at break neck speed, nothing we passed was explained. I ended the 3 hours knowing absolutely nothing more about Arequipa than I had when I arrived. The guide let us know right at the beginning that while the tour was free, tips were...

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  • Colca Canyon Tour

    Called the 2nd deepest canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon, a trip from Arequipa to this 'valley of Wonders' is not to be missed if you have time whilst in Peru.The valley is located about 160 km from Arequipa, on generally good sealed roads (at least as far as Chivay and Yanque), with dusty unsealed roads of a fair standard connecting these...

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  • Monastery of Sta Theresa

    The Carmelite Convent of Santa Theresa provides a fascinating contrast to the much better known Santa Catalina convent. This convent has only been open to the public in recent years (the opening in response to the lack of funds for restoration following damage incurred during the earthquake of June 2001), and includes a well set out museum devoted...

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Arequipa Hotels

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Arequipa Restaurants

  • An Oasis!

    This is the restaurant in the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection - it has a name but I cannot remember it. The hotel is in the loveliest old casa, which was once The Mint. Beautifully restored and adapted. Service is as expected in a 5 star hotel. BUT, the prices are NOT five star. Only a few soles more than one pays in an ordinary restaurant in...

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  • Peaceful!

    International Food and Regional Food. In a country that seems to favour noise as an accompaniment to eating, it was lovely to find this restaurant. The music is very faint. The ambiance is quiet and unrushed. Comfortable chairs. Efficient but not servile service. Wine is available in the glass, the half litre, the litre and by the bottle. One...

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  • Time to try the cuy!

    The restaurant is located in a fine old colonial building. The cuy choctado, was delicious - crispy skin and tender white meat. My companions chickened out and chose the alpaca 9which was also good).One slight annoyance was the 'Folklorica' band, which appeared soon after we sat down. It seems that it is obligatory to make a donation to make them...

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Arequipa Nightlife

  • Cool local bar on Zela Street

    On my night out with local girls Alina and Ornelia the first place that they took me too was a local hangout called Split on Zela Street. Split is a bar owned by a Croatian guy married to a Peruvian woman. We drank 6 Cuba Libres between us for only 20 Soles (they got us a deal!) and chatted about life in Arequipa.

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  • Deja Vu nightclub

    During the day I had bought some items at a souvenir shop and the young saleswoman, Alina, offered to take me out in the evening. In true Arequipa style we met at the Plaza de Armas and set off with a friend of hers Onelia, who funnily enough was my waitress at the restaurant we had eaten at that evening. We ended up at the Deja Vu club which had a...

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  • Juerga en AQP-dancing, karaoke, pool or...

    Along calle San Francisco, especially the third and fourth block, you will find a vast number of bars, restaurants, karaoke bars and even places to go dancing. For dancing try El Forum or go a few door down from El Forum (I forget the name of the place but is right at the corner of the last block in San Francisco) for a more chill crowd try this...

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Arequipa Transportation

  • Watch the Volcano!!!

    Departure from Arequipa's Rodríguez Ballón International airport brings with it a few thrills. It stands at 2562m above sea level, underneath the twin volcanic cones of Misti and Chachani. With the high likelihood of clear weather, landing or departure can provide stunning closeup views of the volcanoes during the required steep climbs and...

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  • Travel info in Arequipa re Canon de...

    I was trying to get some info on how to get to Canon de Colca and also on how to get to Cuzco. IT found it difficult for the following reasons:-* all the travel agents in Arequipa have signs saying ´free tourist information'. What a load of bollocks. They offer free info on trips and tours etc that they can sell you, anything else, forget it. They...

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  • Bus from Arequipa to Cuzco

    Our route was to take us from Arequipa to Cuzco. Due to the difference in altitude we decided that it would be easier on our bodies to take a bus to Cuzco than fly. We were also not particularly in a hurry and we knew we could take an overnight bus.Our hostal helped us organise the tickets with the bus company CIAL who offered a quality service...

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Arequipa Shopping

  • Chocolate

    La Iberica is a chocolate factory situated here. The chocolate mass is darked than we have used to in Europe, but more tasty, because they have used more cacao beans, I think.

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  • Traditional Embroidery in Arequipa

    If the traditional embroidery with swirls and plant motives strikes your fancy, buy it here in Arequipa. In other places in Peru you will get a tiny selection and expensive prices. In my opinion it is more elegant and less kitchy than many other "typical" Peruvian motifs. Especially the designs on a black background.You can find bags, wrist...

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  • Peruvian Souvenir Shopping

    After looking around at souvenirs a fair bit we went into this shop on the passageway behind the Cathedral. The shop assistant was very friendly but not in an agresesive way. Alina ended up taking me out in the evening to how me Arequipa's nightlife. In return for her friendly hospitality I bought all my souvenirs at the shop she works at. My...

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Arequipa Local Customs

  • 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...

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  • 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

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  • Processions.

    I visited Arequipa during the Easter Holidays, so i could enjoy the local processions. Some of them similar to the ones in Seville.

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Arequipa Warnings and Dangers

  • Picked Up By the Police

    I arrived at the ungodly hour of 1:30am after a delayed bus ride through the desert from Nazcar to find all the hotels and inns boarded up and locked down for the night. I walked around Plaza De Armas trying in vain to find a bed knowing full well the danger of a gringo ladden with luggage trouncing about deserted but well lit streets. A police car...

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  • Arequipa Salchicheria Alemana Restautant...

    Restaurant location in Arequipa 137 San FranciscoAn organized purse snatching ring resides at this restaurant located near the Plaza de Armas. Waitresses position patrons near trash can and hope to sneak valuables out with the trash. Management seems aware but is doing nothing to stop it. We have confirmed others aside from ourselves who have been...

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  • Arequipans LOVE to Protest

    We read in the guidebooks that Arequipans are known for their protesting so we thought it amusing when on the first day we saw a small group of protesters in the main square protesting the high gas prices in Peru. The gas at the time (July 05) was about $3 a gallon and considering that the gas price in the US at the time was the same I can...

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Arequipa Tourist Traps

  • Begging on the Streets

    As we found ANYWHERE we went in Peru, there are literally hundreds of adults and children alike trying to peddle their wares to you (since you`ll most likely stand out as a tourist). From homeless to needy children, we always kept change handy to pass out, but there`s simply too many to help. Eventually, you just need to keep walking - though many...

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  • Plaza Restaurants

    One problem with the Plaza de Armas is the young girls that are hired to bring customers into the restaurants that line it. They are very cute, super friendly and speak English well too. It's hard to resist them but as with everythng, it grates on you after a while. Though we never ate at one of them, it's hard to resist going up to get a look....

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Arequipa What to Pack

  • what to wear

    El avelino or Siglo xx n terms of Arequipa's weather, I think it is perfect. Dry climate, if you venture out of the valley you would think you have reached the Sahara desert. The city itself, due to its high altitude-2,380 meters M (7,740 feet FT) during the day time the intense sun can make it seem like it is 80 degrees, but in the shade a nice...

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  • Packing list

    Always bring a jacket with you, or something to cover yourself, because sunny or grey, the air is dry and cold. Also good hiking boots, or at least comfortable for walking. If coming for the nordic areas, the coldness will be ridiculous for you, so disregard this message :-) There are several drugstores in Arequipa that sells anything at a good...

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  • get ready to take lots of photos!

    With its sunny arid climate, you can finally enjoy walking around in shorts and sandals if you have them. But it's not that low in altitude so carry a pullover for when the sun goes down. Sunblock, I did say sunny! Make sure you bring lots of film, there is so much to take photos of in this marvelous city. A wide angle is an essential in taking...

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Arequipa Off The Beaten Path

  • Rural escape within 15 mins of Arequipa

    Take a taxi for a few soles to the Molino de Sabandia. This is a restored water mill in nice grounds (with a few alpaca and one vicuna). 5 Soles fee. Open 9am to 5pm. Closed Sun.There is a small cafeteria but it's more fun to walk or catch a collectivo or taxi to the plazza in Paucarpata and try a picanteria there. Weak stomachs beware!If you are...

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  • Climbing Chachani Volcano!

    As it said to be the easiest over 6000 meters to climb - This mountain is very close to Arequipa! You can take trip to climb up this peak for only 100$ - included transportation from your hotel in Arequipa to the elevation of 5000m. Then, you have to trek up to Base camp for 2 hours at 5300m. And in the middle of the night on the next day, you will...

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  • Colca Canyon Tpurs

    hi everyone Me and my wife just came back from our tour to Colca Canyon with Inka Fest Travel and our services went excellent. Our guide Alberto was fantastic ,spoke very well english and very funny , giving us full of information during the whole trip.The accommodations were the best during the whole tour and the landscapes were awesome!!Evelyn...

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Arequipa Sports & Outdoors

  • Climb El Misti

    Climbing El Misti is a thrilling adventure if you like to trek, hike, or climb mountains. It is not a technical climb, but with that said, it isn't an easy climb no matter what anyone tells you, even if you are in shape. The altitude is nothing to mess with and the infamous "saroche" or altitude sickness can affect anyone without warning whether...

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  • El Misti Part Deux

    Just so you know what you are getting into before you plan your next excursion to El Misti, know that the trip takes 2 days. The first day you will spend hiking up the base of the mountain, which is challenging at times but mostly a very nice leisurely trek. You leave at about 8 am and reach base camp at about 5pm. At base camp, in April anyway,...

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  • biking

    Enjoy the feeling of biking freely through the fields, a few hours or the whole day. You can rent a bike

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Arequipa Favorites

  • Great Operator for tours to Colca Canyon

    Colonial ToursSanta Catalina 106 - Arequipa, PeruWe had used this company for our tour at the arequipa colca canyon tour 2 days 1 night.The tour guide was responsible, humorous & knowledgeable.The Peruvian traditional dance performance with dinner they arranged was fun & at decent price. Buffets arranged by them were good too.We had the tour...

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  • Hostels & Hotels: chose scenic over...

    Many of the hotels and hostels in Arequipa are located in beautiful old buildings made of white volcanic rock, and many have beautiful views of the volcano. These hotels & hostels are really charming, and it's really worth choosing one of these over a typical "modern" building, even if it has internet access and laundry on the spot.. Oh, and just...

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  • Highlights of Arequipa

    For me, the highlights of Arequipa are the Spanish colonial architecture in the city center, the Santa Catalina Monastery and the fact that it is a good base for visiting the Colca Canyon. The white sillar stone used all over the city gives it an airy, light feel in the hot sun and high altitudes. The monastery is a little slice of peace and...

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Get thee to a nunnery! (Santa Catalina Monastery)
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Great place to make a rest and enjoy
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Great coffee and Pisco Sour in nice place
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Museo Santuarios Andinos
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Try the Papaya Arequipena Juice
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Fantastic Festa
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Cayma
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Yanahuara
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Casa del Moral
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San Francisco Iglesia and Convent
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Iglesia de Santa Marta
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Mercado San Camilo
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Nina Yaku Restaurant and Bar
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Casona de Santa Catalina
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Plaza de Armas
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El Camaroncito Restaurant
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"Juanita" at Museo Santuarios Andinos
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Take a tour to Colca Canyon
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Monasterio de Santa Catalina
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Arequipa Cathedral
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Siteseeing Bus Tour
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Monasterio Santa Catalina
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Day trip to Colca Canyon
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Go to a Bull Fight
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Juanita - The Ice Princess
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Around el Centro
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Colca Canyon and surrounding area
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COLCA CANYON HIKE III
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COLCA CANYON HIKE II
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COLCA CANYON HIKE I
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COLCA CANYON
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PLAZA DE ARMAS AND CATHEDRAL
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MONASTERIO DE SANTA CATALINA
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