Catedral de Arequipa © Inés Menacho / PROMPERÚ Arequipa Cathedral © Inés Menacho / PROMPERÚ
Arequipa A practical guide for visitors
The Misti Volcano and the countryside of Arequipa ÂŠ Renzo Tasso / PROMPERĂš
Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu are three volcanoes which constitute a natural stage for the city
Coast and southern mountains of Peru
Arequipa (2335 meters)
Elevation Min.: 9 meters (Punta de Bombรณn, Islay) Max.: 4910 meters (Patapampa, Caylloma)
Jan - Mar
Sept - Dec
Apr - Aug
Arriving By land
16 hr. Cusco-Arequipa: 515 km /10 hr. Lima-Arequipa: 1009 km /
1 hr. 15 min Cusco-Arequipa: 1 hr. Tacna-Arequipa: 30 min Lima-Arequipa:
6 Tacna-Arequipa: 368 km /6 hr. Puno-Arequipa: 325 km / hr.
Calendar Feb to Mar 1 May 4 May 15 Aug Set Oct 8 Dec
What to eat?
What to buy? Arequipa was well-known in colonial times for producing embossed leather reins and saddles. This tradition continues today, on belts, furniture and stationery. The sillar stone, which covers the city in white, is worked by craftsman who carve out decorative articles. The ArequipeĂąos are also skilled in wrought iron work. Those with a taste for sweets should not overlook the famous Arequipa's chocolates and desserts.
By private travel from Arequipa to the cities of: DESTINATION
Mollendo (Islay Province)
2 hr. 30 min
Chivay (Caylloma Province)
Camaná (Camaná Province)
Aplao (Castilla Province)
Chuquibamba (Condesuyos Province)
Cotahuasi (La Unión Province)
6 hr. 30 min
Caravelí (Caravelí Province)
Alpacas in the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve © Walter Wust
(the minimum recommended stay)
The Sillar route Typical arequipeniancountryside
Historic center of the city
2 days Colca Valley and Canyon, Camaná and Islay (beach) 3 to 4 days
Valley of the Volcanoes, Cotahuasi Valley and Canyon and Camaná (beach)
Santa Teresa Monastery © Gihan Tubbeh / PROMPERÚ
Because of its Andean and European visions in colonial times, Arequipa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
Provincial capital District capital
AYACUCHO ICA To Ica To Lima Sipia Waterfalls
Veling Bella Unión
Main road Asphalted road Unmade road
Natural Protected Area
LA UNIÓN Cotahuasi Sub-Basin Landscape Reserve Tomepampa
Huancarama thermal baths
Valley of the Volcanoes
Cruz del Cóndor lookout
Ayo Uchumiri Private Conservation Area
To Puno To Cusco
Toro Muerto Petroglyphs
Salinas and Aguada blanca National Reserve
Yura Hot Springs
Zoo Mundo Pocsi
Camaná Virgin of chapi Sanctuary
Mejía Punta de Bombón
Mejía Lagoons National Sanctuary
To Moquegua To Tacna
What to see? Arequipa Province The Main Square
The square is surrounded by the Cathedral and three granite portals with curved ceilings of brick and lime (the Municipal Portal, the San Agustín Portal and the “Tuturutu”, a 16th century soldier whose job was to bring news. The tip of The Misti, the volcano that serves as the square’s faithful guardian, can be seen from here.
Arequipa Cathedral and Museum
Main Square. Hours of worship, Mon - Sat: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm / 5:00 pm 7:00 pm. Sun: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Museum opening hours Mon - Sat: 10:00 am 4:15 pm. Ticket entry for the museum. Built from sillar stone between 1621 and 1656, the Cathedral was one of the city’s Lucas Poblete was placed in charge of its reconstruction. Bishop José Sebastián de Goyeneche restored and embellished the Cathedral, with the help of his family. In Francisco de Moratilla, the silversmith from the court of Isabel II. The 12 meter high organ (whose music can be enjoyed on Saturdays) and the wooden sculptures of the twelve apostles, are all features.
Santa Catalina Monastery © Heinz Plenge / PROMPERÚ
Churches and convents
Many of the most characteristic religious complexes were built during the colonial period. •Compañía de Jesús Complex At the intersection of General Morán St. and Alvarez Thomas St. Hours of worship, Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 12:45 pm and 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm / Sat 11:00 am - 12:45 pm and 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm / D 9:30 am - 12:45 pm and 5:00 pm - 7:45 pm. Opening hours, San Ignacio Chapel Mon-Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm/ Sun: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Ticket entry for the Chapel This complex is regarded as the greatest sample of the Andean baroque architectural style. Within it, the Compañía Church and San Ignacio Chapel are standout samples. •Church of San Agustín At the intersection of San Agustín St. and Sucre St. Opening hours, Mon-Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm / 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm/ Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm th century and survived the 1868 earthquake. The church’s main cloister was the original site of the San Agustín National University. • Santa Catalina Monastery 301 Santa Catalina St. Opening hours, Thur-Mon: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Tues and Wed: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Ticket entry From its foundation in 1580 until 1970, the monastery’s inhabitants lived in complete isolation. Its rooms, built in various architectural styles, were home to nuns from the city’s most distinguished families. •San Francisco Complex 103 Zela St. Hours of worship, Mon-Sat: 7:15 am - 9:00 am / 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Sun: 7:15 am - 12:45 pm / 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Convent opening hours Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm . Ticket entry for the convent. Third Order worship and museum opening hours Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Ticket entry for the museum. The complex has survived more than four centuries of tremors and earthquakes because its walls are three meters thick. • Museum of Vice-royal Art and the Church of Santa Teresa 303 Melgar St. Opening hours, Tues-Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Fri 9:00 am - 6:30 pm. (museum) and Mon - Sun: 7:00 am - 8:00 am (church). Ticket entry for the museum. This museum has operated since 2005 in a section of the Carmelitas Descalzas de Santa Teresa Monastery. It exhibits paintings, sculptures and other works which testify to more than 300 years of history. •La Recoleta Convent Museum 117 Recoleta St. Opening hours, Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Wed and Fri: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. Ticket entry. The museum has two rooms dedicated to the Amazon, two more to Pre-Colombian art, one to religious art and a library with more than 20 thousand items. It displays paintings from the Cusco and Arequipa schools.
Arequipa’s colonial mansions are distinguished by the Andean baroque (or mestizo) architecture of arched ceilings and large courtyards. • Tristán del Pozo House 108 San Francisco St. Opening hours, Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm / Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm • Goyeneche House 205 La Merced St. Opening hours, Mon-Fri: 9:15 am - 1:30 pm / 2:30 - 4:45 pm.
Yanahuara Lookout © Alex Bryce / PROMPERÚ
• Moral House 318 Moral St. Opening hours Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Ticket entry.
As an important cultural and tourism center, the city of Arequipa has excellent archeological, colonial history and art museums. • Santa María Catholic University Andean Sanctuaries Museum 110 La Merced St. Opening hours, Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm / Sun: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Ticket entry. From May to December this museum exhibits Juanita, an Inca mummy over 500 years old, preserved in excellent condition. • San Agustín National University José María Morante Archeological Museum 200 Álvarez Thomas St. Opening hours, Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 3:15 pm. Ticket entry. • Guillermo Zegarra Meneses Historical Municipal Museum Plaza San Francisco 407. Opening hours, Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Ticket entry. • Santa María Catholic University Archeological Museum 303 Cruz Verde St. Opening hours, Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm • Mario Vargas Llosa Museum and House 101 Parra Ave. Mon-Sat: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Group tours. Ticket entry. • Contemporary Art Museum 201 Tacna and Arica Ave. Opening hours, Mon-Sat 9:30am-2:00pm. Ticket entry.
San Lázaro neighborhood contains narrow passageways, small squares and large houses. El Solar, Bronce, Matadero and Cabezona tambos, premises notable for their colonial architecture, were the scene of fairs and trading.
2km north of the center of Arequipa, Yanahuara district. Built in the 19th century, this lookout has an exceptional view of the city and its guardian, the Misti volcano. Famous phrases of well-known Arequipeños are recorded on its arches. Sachaca and Carmen Alto lookouts also provide beautiful views.
Hot springs in the Colca © Gihan Tubbeh / PROMPERÚ
Castilla Province Toro Muerto Petroglyphs
163 km to the northwest of Arequipa (2 h. 30 min. by car). Ticket entry. on huge blocks of sillar stone, constituting the most important petroglyph archeological complex in the country. The drawings were traced using a range of techniques including striking, scratching and rubbing.
Majes Valley 178 km to the northwest of Arequipa towards Aplao (3 h. by car). The valley provides impressive views of the Majes River, where rafting is possible and shrimp-based cuisine can be savored. Dinosaur footprints can be visited in Querulpa as well as a tour of wine and pisco wineries.
Valley of the Volcanoes (Andagua District) 323 km to the northwest of Arequipa (10 h. by car). There are some 36 volcanic cones here, which reach heights of between 10 and 300 meters. The Mellizos (Twins) Volcanoes are the most emblematic. From their peaks, the village of Andagua and its surrounding countryside can be observed, as well as other volcanoes such as Kanalla Mauras, which has its own bull ring. Archeological remains and waterfalls can also be seen.
Orcopampa 349 km to the northwest of Arequipa (9 h. by car). Orcopampa district is currently the area’s most important mining center. It has a tree nursery that aims to reforest natural areas disturbed by mining activity. The Huancarama thermal baths and the breathtaking Panagua frozen waterfalls can also be enjoyed.
Valle de los Volcanes © Richard Hirano / PROMPERÚ
Mamacocha Lagoon (Ayo District) 32 km to the southeast of Andagua (90 min. by car). The lagoon is a genuine oasis with incredible biodiversity. It is fed by the subterranean waters of the Andagua River and is a haven of life in the midst of a wild volcanic landscape. Several species of birds and bats can be observed in this huallaques.
La Unión Province Cotahuasi Sub-Basin Landscape Reserve (Cotahuasi Valley and Canyon)
375 km to the northwest of Arequipa (6 h. 30 min. by car). With a fall of 3535 meters, Cotahuasi is the second deepest canyon in Peru. Its paragliding. The road from the city of Arequipa to Cotahuasi traverses beautiful landscape, with the Coropuna Volcano (6426 meters) towering above. It is the highest in the region and the third highest in the country. The Sipia Waterfall and its impressive uninterrupted drop of 150 meters, natural lookouts with impressive views of the countryside, geological formations, hot springs and areas abundant in vegetation, are all features of the journey.
Islay Province Mollendo District
126 km to the south of Arequipa (2 h. 30 min. by car). The provincial capital is characterized by its picturesque streets with wooden mansions. The Chiribaya Museum, displaying ceramics and textiles from the
16 km to the southeast of Mollendo (15 min. by car). Old colonial and republican mansions are intermingled here with modern constructions. El Conto and Motobomba beaches are amongst the most popular.
Mejía Lagoons National Sanctuary
20 km to the southeast of Mollendo (20 min. by car). Ticket entry. coastal area. Frogs, lizards and the coastal fox are also part of the fauna. In the
Punta de Bombón
16 km to the southeast of Mejía (15 min. by car). of its beaches.
Gaviota gris, Santuario Nacional Lagunas de Mejía © Ernesto Benavides / PROMPERÚ
Arequipa City Center World Heritage Site
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Arequipa Cathedral and Museum
Compañía de Jesús Complex
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Church of San Agustín
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Guillermo Zegarra Meneses Historical Municipal Museum
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