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Tours and travel in Arequipa Peru

Welcome to the white colonial city of Arequipa
The department of Arequipa is one of various terrains. It begins in the coastal desert and then climbs the Andes, reaching great altitude at the snow covered peaks and at its volcanoes.

Arequipa, known as the White City for its beautiful white walls of sillar, a volcanic stone, lies at the feet of the mighty volcanos of Mount Chachani, Mount Misti, and the snow covered peak of Mount Pichu Pichu. The downtown of the city, placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO, features Mixed Baroque churches and mansions from the Colonial Period like the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a Spanish city in miniature with stone streets, beautiful patios, and plazas. Sabandía, Tiabaya, and Tingo, located among the large fields, are must see places, and the irresistible Arequipa cuisine is the perfect complement to the visit.

Just 3 hours and 45 minutes from the capital is the Colca River valley and canyon, one of the most extraordinary destinations in the country. Throughout the region, you can see colorful pre-Incan agricultural terraces still used today for growing quinoa, corn, barley, and wheat. During the pre-Hispanic era, the department was inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas; today, the inhabitants have learned to conserve their Colonial churches in Yanque, Lari, and Madrigal, and they continue to wear their traditional clothing.

You can also do many types of adventure sports in the valley such as mountain biking, trekking, and white water rafting. And, at the Cross of the Condor, you can view the majestic flight of the condors. Other places of interest in the department are the Toro Muerto petroglyphs, the Andagua Valley of the Volcanoes, and the Cotahuasi Canyon.

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Arequipa city

Altitude in Arequipa

Arequipa (2335 masl / 7333 fasl)
Lowest point: 9 masl / 30 fasl (Punta de Bombón)
Highest point: 4910 masl / 16.109 fasl (Mirador de los Volcanes, Volcano Lookout, – Caylloma)

Climate Arequipa

The city of Arequipa has a semi-arid and temperate climate with a maximum temperature of 21.7ºC (71ºF) and a minimum of 6.9ºC (44.4ºF). The rainy season starts in January and ends in March


By land: Lima – Arequipa: 1003 km / 623 miles on the Pan-American Highway South (14 hours by car)
By air: Daily flights to Arequipa from: Lima (1 hour), Cusco (30 minutes), Juliaca (30 minutes) and Tacna (30 minutes)
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Camana (Province of Camana) 173 km (108 miles) / 3 hours and 10 minutes
Caravelí (Province of Caravelí) 382 km (238 miles) / 7 hours
Aplao (Province of Castilla) 178 km (111 miles) / 3 hours
Chivay (Province of Caylloma) 162 km (101 miles) / 3 hours and 45 minutes
Chuquibamba (Province of Condesuyos) 234 km (145 miles) / 5 hours
Mollendo (Province of Islay) 113 km (70 miles) / 2 hours and 30 minutes
Cotahuasi (Province of La Union) 379 km (236 miles) / 12 hours

Top dishes in Arequipa

Typical food of Arequipa
Rocoto relleno: Elaborated with fragrant and tender rocotos that are cut on its top as a cover, the seeds and veins are extracted to diminish the hot flavor and they are stuffed with chopped meat, peanuts, boiled eggs, olives, cream cheese, and milk, seasoned and baked in the oven; it is served with baked potatoes
Typical food of Arequipa Chupe de Camarones: Soup made with potatoes, milk, eggs, cheese, spices, hot pepper, tomato and shrimps


Drinks in Arequipa

In Arequipa every day has a typical menu

Monday, Chaque (soup with potatoes, vegetables and meat)
Tuesday, Chairo (small potatoes, meat, pumpkin, broad beans, wheat)
Woensday, Chochoca (Peers, lamb meat)
Tuesday, Caldo de Lomos (white soup, with chicken, rice, dry potatoes)
Friday, Chupe de camarones (soup of gambas, with potatoes, milk, cheese)
Saturday, Timpusca
Sunday, Adobo (spicy soup with onions, chicha and meat of pig)
Arequipa travel guide to visit Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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