( 2.335 meters) above sea level


Map of Arequipa


Noble and Volcanic

Peru’s ashlar (white stone) city with snow-capped mountains, volcanoes (e.g. Misti), deep canyons (e.g. Cotahuasi and Colca), renowned gastronomy, small coves and beaches.

A World Heritage Site as designated by UNESCO, the White City knows well how to maintain its Colonial heritage to the point that you can do your banking in old and gorgeous mansions. The downtown is particularly beautiful, with a heart of finished white volcanic stone called sillar that has been fashioned into arches, façades and cupolas. Its people are kind and enjoy good conversation and relish living under the watchful gaze of their guardian volcano, Mount Misti. An added bonus is the 340 days of brilliant sun as well as the exquisite main square, conquered by noisy pigeons, a demonstration of its people’s hospitality. The department of Arequipa is dominated by the Andean Mountains with the chain reaching the very lip of the continent at Atico, a coastline zone with beutiful beaches. In Chala, the closest coastal point to the department of Cusco, the Incas built citadels with stone in front of the sea.

As there are huge snowcapped mountains rising high into the sky, so are there deep wounds in the surface of the Earth. Canyons like Cotahuasi and Colca, that start out as fertile, terraced and pleasant valleys that later taper and plunge into dizzying canyons. These are some of the deepest places found on the planet, yet places where kind people live, the wind blows strongly and shrimp abound. The Lagunas de Mejía National Sanctuary is the only stopping point for over 2,000 kilometers for more than 70 species of migratory birds. The list is long, yet there is still a rather important footnote to Arequipa, and that is its famous and diversified cuisine, full of scents and concoctions that match its magnificent landscape and towering volcanoes.

Location: Nestling between the coast and the southern highlands of Peru, Arequipa is the land of great destinations with heights on snow-capped peaks such as Ampato (6,288 m), volcanoes like Chachani (6,075 m) and El Misti (5,825 m).

Extension: 63.345 km2.

Routes & length of stay

5 Days

(Minimum recommended
length of stay)

2 days: City of Arequipa.
2 days: Sites in the Arequipa countryside.
2 days: Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve.
1 day: Lagunas de Mejía National Sanctuary.
3 days: Colca Valley.
4 days: Valley of the Volcanoes.
4 days: Cotahuasi Valley.
2 days: Pisco brandy cellars route and Toro Muerto.
3 days: Mount Misti ascent.

Other circuits:

3 days: Desert and beach circuit: La Joya, Matarani, Mollendo (1 day), Mejía, Lagunas de Mejía National Sanctuary (1 day),Tambo Valley (1 day).
8 days: Volcanoes and Canyons circuit: Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve (2 days), Colca
Canyon (2 days), Valley of the Volcanoes (2 days), Cotahuasi (2 days), Majes Valley – Toro Muerto – Pisco brandy cellars route (2 days).
3 days: Arequipa – Nasca: Arequipa, Vitor Valley, Toro Muerto, Quilca and Camaná (1 day), Ocoña, Atico and Chala (1 day), Atiquipa Hills, Yauca, Sacaco, Puerto Lomas and Nasca (1 day).


What to buy?

Possibly the world capital of alpaca wool production, Arequipa is an excellent place to buy alpaca clothing. The articles are of good quality and cheaper than in Cusco or Lima, as most firms are established in Arequipa. All items from alpaca wool should be carefully washed by hand for preservation.

Jewelry. Many gold and silver jewelry is imported from Italy, and is therefore slightly more expensive than in some other countries for; However the reporducciones of the Inca jewelry as well as the pre-Hispanic, can be found in Gold Pesa, situated in the panoramic and Gold Fino mall in the galleries of the company, who have some very fine examples.

What to eat?

White City is enjoyed in the picanterías calls (traditional restaurants with wood stoves). A good table begins with rocoto relleno (hot pepper baked with chopped meat, spices, cheese, eggs and milk), bachelor of cheese (like beans but with corn or corn, olives and hot pepper minced), ocopa ( boiled potato slices with peanut butter, onions and biscuits) and greaves. Among the soups, preferred they are white broth (loin of lamb, potatoes, corn or corn, chickpea, potato and spices) and the pot (boiled beef, pork and chicken with vegetables and spices). 
Wide fund, march marinade (pork tenderloin broth, chili, onions and chicha, served with bread), spicy (pork or beef, lamb or duck), locro (beef stew or lamb), the shrimp soup (shrimp sauteed red pepper and cooked with beans, milk, rice, corn or maize and potatoes) and Malaysian fried (skirt and golden boiled beef). For dessert, enjoy great esteem donuts (flour, eggs and milk soaked in sugar syrup), cheese ice cream (ice cream made from milk, cinnamon, coconut and spices), chocolates and toffees. 
To drink good local beer, soft drinks or regional chicha (corn). As a digestive: the piteado tea (tea with anise) or Najar anise.

Typical dishes Arequipa

  • The shrimp soup: This is a great demand for those visiting Arequipa plate. The shrimp soup is prepared with milk, eggs and oregano.
  • Ocopa: It is prepared on the basis of a branch of marigold, yellow pepper, peanuts, vanilla cookies or bread, evaporated milk, cheese, garlic and condiments Serve with boiled potatoes, boiled egg and olives.
  • Rocoto relleno: It is made ​​from hot pepper, minced meat, chopped red onion, red crushed red pepper sauce, roasted or ground peanuts, eggs, cheese, milk is served with baked potato and sometimes mashed potatoes.
Arequipa Attractions in the City
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Arequipa Attractions Beyond the City
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Arequipa Festivals
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