What to do in Arequipa: A Tour of the Best Attractions

What to do in Arequipa
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Are you planning your trip and don’t know yet what to do in Arequipa? In this post, we will show you a tour of the best attractions and activities you need to realize on your trip to Arequipa.

Where is Arequipa located?

Arequipa, the impressive White City of Perú, is one of the destines that captivates their visitors because of the impressive natural landscapes and its particular colonial architecture that shows a vibrant culture.

The city of Arequipa is located in the south of Perú. Is found approximately 2,335 meters above the level of the sea, and is in a valley around three volcanos that characterize it: Misti, Cachani, and Pichu Pichu. Arequipa is situated at a strategic point between the coast and the Peruvian highlands, which makes the city a geographic publication privilege and makes it an important cultural center, economy, and tourist of the country.

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What to do in Arequipa: Inside the City

We recommends you to realize the City Tour Arequipa with us, and we will provide you the best trip experience in the White City.

History Center of Arequipa

Start your tour from the heart of Arequipa, the Plaza of Armas has been declared a Mundial Patrimony of UNESCO. Is a charming place that is founded around beautiful facades made of white volcanic rock and it counts as an ideal starting point to explore the big history and the fascinating colonial architecture of Arequipa.

You can find here a variety of museums, churches, and restaurants where you can enjoy the delicious local gastronomy of the city and take s rest while you appreciate the beauty of the History Center of Arequipa.

What to do in Arequipa

Visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina of Siena 

Be part of the spiritual and the history of the Monastery of Santa Catalina of Siena. Is a convent constructed in 1579 that is still in operation. This fascinating place offers visitors the opportunity to explore a part of the cloisters and learn more about the style of life that has the cloistered nuns residing here. In addition, the local architecture is unique and the mistic environment gives a touch that converts it into a memorable visit during your stay in the city of Arequipa.

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The famous Monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa

Admired the Cathedral of Arequipa and the Museum 

One of the things to do in Arequipa that you can’t lose is more than 400 years of history in the interior of the beautiful Cathedral of Arequipa and discover the fascinating museum. Here you will find an impressive collection of pieces of gold smithery, paints and you have the opportunity to enjoy unique panoramic views of the city and the volcanos from the privileged bell tower of the cathedral.

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Visit the Convent of Santa Teresa 

Appreciate the serenity and the peace of the Convent of Santa Teresa, founded in the year 1710 and open to the public. You can enjoy the exhibitions of paints and all the furniture, we make sure that you gonna marvelous the architecture and the splendid environment in this place.

In addition, you can listen to the nuns pray the Angelus at midday, and you can also purchase some typical sweets made for the sisters of the Convent of Santa Teresa.

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The Church and the Cloisters of the Company

The Church and the Cloisters of the Company, are famous for their elaborate reliefs that have on its facade and their inside full of many masterpieces and architectonic details of Arequipa. Also from their second floor, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city while you appreciate how the Andean baroque engravings that decorate this impressive place.

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Take a walk through Yanahuara

Visit the beautiful district of Yanahuara and enjoy the famous viewpoint, which offers panoramic views of the city and the volcanos that you only see from the viewpoint. Also, explore the church and its ancient arches and try the famous and delicious “queso helado” while you admire the architecture that reflects the History of Arequipa.

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Enjoy the Local Gastronomy 

Inside the list of things to do in Arequipa, you can’t miss the opportunity to try the delicious gastronomy of Arequipa. You have to try all the typical dishes from Arequipa, like the rocoto relleno, adobo, and the ice cream of cheese and local flavors in the different markets and restaurants of the city.

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What to do in Arequipa: Out of the City

Visit the Valley and the Cannon of Colca 

Be part of the memorable adventure in the majesty of the Valley and the Cannon of Colca. This is one of the natural destinies more impressive than Arequipa has. Also is the best place to see the majesty of the Condor of the Andes. Live the experience of the Cannon of Colca is perfect for all who are lovers of trekking and offers a view of the nearby towns and relaxing thermal waters of La Calera.

We recommend you complete the Colca Canyon Tour Full Day with us, and we make sure you unique trip experience!

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Thermal Waters of La Calera

The relaxing thermal waters of La Calera, located in the Valley of Colca we mentioned before. You will enjoy well-deserved rest in the waters that are created for nutrition by minerals coming from an inactive volcano and offer benefits totally therapeutics for alleviating muscular, circulatory, and nervous system problems.

What to do in arequipa

Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve

The beauty of Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, where you can admire the most incredible landscapes and observe a variety of animals that include, llamas, alpacas, condors, vicuñas, and pink flamingos. A unique experience in contact with the environment that you can’t lose for nothing!

Discover the Petroglifos of Toro Muerto

From three hours of Arequipa, you can discover the mysterious manifestations of rock art in the Petroglifos of Toro Muerto. You can find there more than 6 thousand rock volcanic block engravings with geometric, anthropomorphic, and animal figures, another attractive that is located here is the Jurassic Park of Querullpa, where you can admire the prehistoric animal tracks and take impressive photos with these figures.

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We wait for this guide to inspire you to explore all these marvelous in the white city of Arequipa 0ffers you! From its fascinating history and architecture to its impressive natural landscapes and attractions, this city will surprise you. Don’t wait any longer and start planning your next adventure in Arequipa, a destiny that will leave you with memorable memories.

After you know Arequipa, we recommend you visit the marvelous Machu Picchu, we invite you to see our best packages to Machu Picchu, don’t miss this opportunity.

Explore more tourist destinies and more of Perú in our travel blog and plan your next trip with us!

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