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Arequipa (Colca Canyon)


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.

By land

Lima - Arequipa (1 003 km) about 14 h drive.

By air

Daily flights depart from Lima (about 1 h approximately) and Cusco (about 30 minutes).

By railroad

There is a rail road that links Arequipa with the cities of Juliaca, Puno and Cusco. (Not always available).

The Cathedral

The old cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1 844. It was restored in 1 868 by Arequipa-native Lucas Poblete in Neo-renaissance style with French influence, and it is considered to be one of the biggest in South America. Location
Main Square. Phone: (054) 21-5701

Monday to Saturday 7:00-13:30 and 17:00-18:30, Sunday 7:00-13:00.

Santa Catalina Monastery

it is Peru’s most important and impressive religious construction, founded in September 1,579 under the patronage of Saint Catherine of Sienna. Its doors remained closed to the world until 1,970. Spreading over 20,426 m2, it has preserved intact its sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’ design. Its narrow squares, streets and gardens bearing Spanish names remind the visitor of old Seville and Granada quarters.
Its two site museums exhibit important art works such as relics, porcelain, religious objects, sculptures and oil paintings from several schools.La Compañía Church.
Calle Santa Catalina 301.
Monday to Saturday: 9:00-16:00.

La Recoleta Church

a Franciscan convent founded in 1 648, with cloisters that are an example of Arequipa’s colonial architecture. It has a library with works from the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries (25 000 volumes). There is also an Amazonian Museum exhibiting objects from the missionary activity in the jungle during this period.
Jr. Recoleta 117. Phone: (054) 27-0966.
Monday to Saturday 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:30.

Santuarios Andinos Museum

This building houses an exhibition of Juanita Mummy, the Maiden of Ampato. It is located in front of the Monastery of Santa Catalina.
Calle Santa Catalina 210, Cercado. Phone: (054) 22-2554.
Monday to Saturday 9:00-18:00, Sunday 9:00-17:00.


both its church, built in 1 750, and a belvedere with ashar arches overlooking the city, are remarkable. It is located 2 km from downtown and about 8 minutes drive.

Sabandía Mill

it is located in a beautiful countryside from where you can have views of the Chachani and Misti volcanoes. The eighteenth century mill is worth a visit. You can have a horse-back riding here. It is located 9 kilometers from Arequipa city.

Colca Canyon and Valley

this canyon is home to the Andean Condor which can be seen as they fly through the canyon walls. The condors are best seen in the early morning and late afternoon when is windy.
The Colca CanyonValley has beautiful landscapes surrounded by terraces, snow-capped mountains and villages founded in the sixteenth century.
The main village in the valley is Chivay (142 km from Arequipa) where travelers can find lodging and food services. The Colca zone is very appropriate for adventure activities from mountain biking to trekking in the Canyon.

Cotahuasi Valley and Canyon

it is located in the province of La Unión, 379 km from Arequipa, this is an Inter-Andean valley with several attractions such as the Sipia Falls, its hot springs, the privileged view of Coropuna and Solimana Mounts and the Canyon’s faults, considered together with the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest on earth. Its impressive landscape makes it ideal for activities such as canoeing, trekking, photography, mountain biking, etc.

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).