LUXURY TRAVEL TO AREQUIPA

  • THE 'WHITE CITY', BEAUTIFUL COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE
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Destination Arequipa City

  • Arequipa is known for: cobblestoned streets full of beautiful pearly white stone architecture, all thanks to the volcanic ash building material from the nearby Misti Volcano.
  • Its eternal spring-like weather, also as has produced famous Peruvian authors such as Mario Vargas Llosa, makes this city a great pleasure to live in, even more as a place to visit in style.
  • More incredible are its local culinary traditions that embody the sensual complexity of traditional Peruvian cuisine.
  • Enjoy a sunlit day in Arequipa’s gorgeous Plaza de Armas to complement your trip to Peru.
  • Visit the Ice Maiden Mummy, make your way out into the rustic countryside, and then get ready for a journey though one of world’s deepest canyons, the Colca or the Cotahuasi.

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Explore The Southern Wonderland

  • Cities Visited : Lima City, Arequipa City, Colca Canyon, Puno City, Puno & Lake Titicaca, Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
  • Style : Religious, Cultural and Archaeological.
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Attractions

Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa

After suffered earthquakes, fires and volcanic eruptions, the Basilica bore the damage of these incidents. As a result, the church is a Blend of architectural design and influences. You’ll find a neo-Gothic podium, a Belgian organ (which remains the largest organ to ever traverse the ocean to South America), and an exceptional collection of art representing the school of Cusco. Don’t forget to visit the connected Museo de la Basilica Catedral during the day, and at night, go to the Plaza for photos of the Basilica’s illuminated facade. This is something you can’t miss on your visit to Arequipa.

Santa Catalina Monastery

This is really a citadel inside other, complete with plazas, colorful alleys, fountains and rooms full of religious art. Established in 1579, the convent was home to many nuns as well as the unwedded daughters of Arequipa’s well-to-do families and their servants.

Plaza de Armas

The captivating white stone facade of the Basilica Cathedral forms the stunning centerpiece. The fairest Plaza de Armas of them all may be Arequipa’s. Be sure to visit in the day time and at night as it looks quite different. All sides of the square are taken up by more white stone constructions with charming arcades that provide cover for cafes, restaurants, hotels, offices, and much more. The Plaza is a great place to start-off your tour of Arequipa, to shop for keepsakes in any number of specialty stores, or to relax in a cafe and observe local culture.

Museo Santuarios Andinos

The Ice Maiden mummy, AKA Juanita, is one of Arequipa’s most well-known historical inhabitants. In 1995, a research team of high altitude archaeologists discovered the very well-preserved Incan mummy remains on the Ampato peak a short time after the eruption of nearby Sabancaya volcano melted the ice that encased the tomb for 500 years. This Museum was created specifically to display artifacts related to the discovery of mummies in the Arequipa region.

City Center

Venture beyond the city center and you'll find yourself in Arequipa's beautiful countryside. Small villages and stately colonial haciendas dot a superb landscape of rolling green hills that go on to the snow-covered sides of El Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu, Arequipa's three volcanoes. Two significant landmarks, the Founder's Mansion in Sabandia and El Molino (The Mill) in Socabaya, are treasured relics that bring Peru's viceroyalty period to life, excellent for a luxury Peru travel.

Volcanoes

Three volcanoes stand watch over Arequipa city: Chachani; 19,939 feet, Misti (19,101 feet), and Pichu Pichu (5,669 meters; 18,599 feet). Chachani and Pichu Pichu are now extinct. Misti is only currently dormant, but has a long history of violent eruptions. The word "misti" means “lord” in Quechua. Follow the route with professional guide to avoid getting lost.

Canyons

The Cotahuasi Canyon, the deepest canyon on the earth, is located in the Valley of the Volcanoes. At its deepest, the chasm measures more than 11,000 feet. For the sake of comparison, the Grand Canyon in the U.S. reaches just 6,093 feet.
The Colca Canyon is not as deep as Cotahuasi, but is more reachable as a destination for trekking and sightseeing. Located about 100 miles northwest of Arequipa, travelers can arrange a comfortable tour by car to pass a day or two exploring the canyon.

Mingling with local people

Among all these Andean towns there are still plenty of ancient traditions passed down from their ancient ancestors thousands of years before, so you get the chance to appreciate and value these treasures today.

What to do?

Yanahuara Balcony viewpoint

Lovely neighborhood hosts a small tree-line plaza leading to a Mirador or view point, with exceptional panorama over the city and its volcanoes. Arches are caved with quotes from Arequipa’s most creative poets and writers.

One of the best Peruvian dishes

Picanterias are local eateries that serve traditional food characterized by rich complex and addictive flavors. Picanterias derive from the word “Picante” meaning spicy. Weekend menus usually feature adobo, a slow cooked, chichi-marinated pork stew.

Juanita, Ice mummy museum

El Museo Santuarios Andinos, is the permanent resting place of the Ice Maiden mummy, named Juanita, who is supposed to have been sacrificed as an offering to the Volcano Ampato. This museum remains the monumental reminder of the past age of the Incas.

Travel tips

How to get to Arequipa

  • By plane: Arequipa’s Manuel Ballon International Airport has regular connecting flights to/from Lima, Juliaca, and Cusco. The airport is 5.5 miles from the Plaza de Armas. Take a taxi direct or book a transfer with travel agency.

Taxi

  • Taking a taxi on the street, make sure they are a licensed taxi and be sure to negotiate the fare before you get in the car.

Acclimate

  • you may arriving from sea level and plan to travel to the highlands; Arequipa is the gateway between Lima and higher elevation places such as Cusco/Machu Picchu or Puno/Lake Titicaca.

Best time to visit Arequipa

  • The weather is best during the dry season from April to June.

Packing for Arequipa

  • As with any of Peru’s mountain regions, the idea to packing for Arequipa is to plan to dress in several layers. Mornings can be chilly and you’ll want to start the day with outer layers than you can shed as the day warms up.

Trip Extensions

  • Arequipa is located on the well-known southern route through Peru. From Lima, you can travel down the desert coast to Paracas and Nazca, then around to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon. From here, if you have enough time, go to Puno & Lake Titicaca or Cusco & Machu Picchu. And if you have a few days to spare, consider taking a slight detour to the Amazon rainforest. Gate to the Peruvian jungle Puerto Maldonado is a brief 30-min flight from Cusco and a 1-hr flight from Lima.