Arequipa is located in the southern part of the country more than 1000 kilometeres from Lima, comprising a coastal strip (facing the Pacific Ocean) and the highlands towards the east.
63 345 km2
7,626 feet (2,325 meters).
Max 75 F (24º C) and 41 F minimum (5º C). Rainy season runs from December through March.
Lima - Arequipa (1 003 km) about 14 h drive.
Daily flights depart from Lima (about 1 h approximately) and Cusco (about 30 minutes).
There is a rail road that links Arequipa with the cities of Juliaca, Puno and Cusco. (Not always available).
Arequipa’s cuisine is one of the most varied in Peru. Some of its most famous dishes include:
• Assorted Chupes conceived to be served each day of the week, such as chupe de camarones (shrimp chowder with milk, eggs and oregano).
• Rocoto relleno (baked red hot chili stuffed with minced meat, cheese, milk and potatoes).
• Soltero (soft unripened cheese salad with lima beans, onions, olives and red hot chili pepper).
• Adobo arequipeño (pork marinated with chicha and species, cooked in a covered saucepan).
• Ocopa (cooked potatoes, covered by a sauce made of soft unripened cheese, lima beans, onions, olives and red hot chili pepper).
• Escribano (salad made of potatoes, red hot chili pepper, vinegar, oil, tomatoes and parsley).
• Pebre (soup based on lamb’s meat, beef and cured llama or lamb meat).