A Mini City Guide To Arequipa, Peru


Arequipa, although not as well known as the likes of Lima and Cusco, is Peru's second-largest city and one that shouldn't be missed when travelling through Peru. The city is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes, Mount Misti, Mount Pikchu Pikchu, and Mount Chachani, and the city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Arequipa is an amazing place to visit for a day or two!

Things to do:
  • Monasterio de Santa Catalina - If you only have time to visit one attraction in Arequipa, then make it this monastery. The convent is beautiful and exploring it shouldn't be rushed.
  • Plaza de Armas - The main square is a great place to find somewhere to grab a drink or have a bite to eat.
  • La Catedral - The key attraction that dominants one side of the main square is the impressive cathedral. Be sure to check it out during the day and the night. After the sun has set the cathedral is lit up and is a sight not to be missed.
  • Museo Santuarios Andinos - The famous attraction within this museum is Juanita, 'The Ice Maiden', a frozen preserved body of a young girl. The girl was found many years ago at the top of a mountain and it's thought that she had been sacrificed to the gods by the Incas.

Where to stay and eat:

Hostal Solar is a clean and basic hotel that's within walking distance of the main plaza and the key attractions in Arequipa. For somewhere really nice to eat but not too pricey, head to Zig Zag. It's a great place if you're a meat-eater and want to try eating alpaca for the first time. If you want something a little cheaper, there are also plenty of restaurant choices nearer to the main square.

Going elsewhere?
Arequipa is the perfect spot for excursions to Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world. Tours are typically two days / one night where the night is spent in a small town called Chivay.

There are also overnight buses that can take you to Nazca where you can take a flight over the famous Nazca Lines.


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