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The city of Arequipa, also known as the "white city" is the second most populous city in Peru and one of the most visited thanks to its beautiful valleys, deep canyons and outstanding architecture. It is the perfect place to suit the height progressively.

General Information

The city is located on the southwest of Peru, one hour and a half flight from Lima or 1000 Km (621 miles) of travel by bus (travel time of 15 hrs.).

  • Altitude: Arequipa is located at 2,335 meters above sea level (7,546 ft).
  • Weather: Arequipa has a temperate, dry climate. The temperature ranges between 10 to 25 degrees Celsius. From January to March there is the presence of rain.
  • Main Attractions: The Monastery of Santa Catalina, the Valley of Colca, the Condor Cross, the national reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca.
  • Gastronomy: The Rocoto Relleno, Adobo, Chicharrones, etc.

Exploring Arequipa

Arequipa has many things that deserve to be visited (beautiful monasteries, great churches, fantastic valleys, majestic condors, etc.) and that thanks to our custom tours, you will be able to get to know each one of them in order to have the best travel experience.

The white city, considered as such due to the fact that many of its buildings have been developed with sillar (white volcanic rock) is located at the foot of the volcano Misty, which is a source of great pride among its inhabitants.

The Monastery of Santa Catalina

The first impression one gets when visiting the monastery of Santa Catalina is like going through a little village of small streets, gardens and beautiful arches.

The monastery was founded in 1580 by Maria de Guzman and is a religious complex located in the historic center of Arequipa. It consists of 100 rooms, 6 blocks, 3 cloisters, a church and a fabulous picture gallery. The monastery opened its doors to the tourism beginning in August 1970.

It's definitely the most remarkable place to visit in Arequipa, make sure to include this on your trip itinerary by contacting one of our travel advisors and enjoy Arequipa!

The Colca Valley

It's a beautiful Valley situated at 42 Km (28 miles) from Arequipa that hosts one of the world's deepest canyons in the world, the Colca Canyon (reaching a depth of 3400 meters/11155 ft). Also noteworthy is the visit to the Cruz del Condor, located in the highest part of the canyon which offers a spectacular view of the condors flying over the valley.

Reserva Salinas y Aguada Blanca

This reserve constitutes a vast area that hosts a variety of unique plants and animals. Among them, the presence of South American camelids such as the lama, alpaca and vicuña, the same ones that contribute to the development of local communities.

We can also say that famous writer and nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa was born here in Arequipa as well as other famous people such as the former president Fernando Belaunde Terry.

In brief, there's an authentic atmosphere of independence and pride in Arequipa inspired by its people, its volcanoes, and its beautiful Valleys.
We kindly invite you to explore the "Independent Republic of Arequipa" together!

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  • Remember to minimize your efforts and stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness while traveling in Peru. We highly recommend you taking a coca tea upon arrival! See more information about altitude sickness here.
  • It's not every night that you will have the opportunity to sleep in an Andean family, consider this possibility with us.
  • During each step of this journey in Peru, take some time if you can, to explore on your own, interesting details in towns and villages might be found!

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