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Arequipa

Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of Peru’s. Framed by 3 volcanoes, it’s filled with baroque buildings constructed from sillar, a white volcanic stone. Its historic center is anchored by the Plaza de Armas, a stately main square flanked on its north by the 17th-century neoclassical Basilica Cathedral, which houses a museum displaying religious objects and artwork.

Weather

The region has a semi-arid and temperate climate. The rainy season begins in January and ends in March.

How to get there

BY AIR

Daily flights from Lima (1 hour), Cuzco (30 minutes) and Juliaca (30 minutes). Flights from Tacna (30 minutes). International flights from La Paz – Bolivia (Monday – Wednesday and Friday / 40 minutes).

BY LAND

Lima-Arequipa: 1,003 Km
on the Panamericana Sur highway (14 hours by car)

Distances to Arequipa

Arequipa to: Cities Distance
Lima 633.8 miles (1,020 Km)
Cusco 388 miles (625 Km)
Puno 201.9 miles (325 Km)
Colca Valley 111.8 miles (180 Km)

Good To Know

Country
Peru
Visa Requirements
Visa in not needed for EU citizens. Everyone else need a visa.
Languages spoken
Spanish
Currency used
Peruvian Sol (PEN)
Area (km2)
2.923 km2

Festivals

January
Jubilee Festival of Mollendo (06 January).
February
Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria (02 February). / Carnival (February).
March
Bitterness Festival.
May
Feast of our Lady of Chapi.
June
Characato Day (June 24).
July
Fiesta de la Virgen Del Carmen (14-17 July).
August
Week of Arequipa (August 15)
September
Fiesta de la Virgen de los Remedios
October
Commemoration ``Resistance Andina``.
November
Camaná Anniversary.
December
Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Attractions in the City

  • Arequipa Cathedral and Museum
  • The Society of Jesus Church and Complex
  • Santa Catalina Monastery
  • Santo Domingo Church and Convent
  • La Recoleta Convent
  • Tristán del Pozo House
  • La Merced Church
  • Saint Augustine Church
  • Saint Francis Church and Complex
  • Santa Teresa Monastery Museum of Viceregal Art
  • Casa del Moral (Mulberry House)
  • San Lázaro neighbourhood
  • San Agustín National University Museum of Archaeology
  • Contemporary Art Museum
  • Arequipa Santa María Catholic University Museum of Archaeology
  • Municipal History Museum
  • “Chiribaya” pre-Inca Museum
  • Villalobos Ampuero House Museum
  • The Moral house

Attractions Beyond the City

  • Sabandía (Arequipa)
  • Yanahuara scenic viewpoint (Arequipa)
  • Founder’s Mansion, Socabaya (Arequipa)
  • Sumbay Caves – Cave Art (Arequipa)
  • Misti Volcano (Arequipa)
  • Chachani peak (Arequipa)
  • Toro Muerto (Dead Bull) and Querullpa (Castilla)
  • Valley of the Volcanoes (Castilla)
  • Ampato Volcano (Caylloma)
  • Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve (Caylloma and Arequipa)
  • Colca Canyon and Valley (Caylloma)
  • Cotahuasi Canyon and Valley (La Unión)
  • Lagoons of Mejía National Sanctuary (Islay)