agricultural area of the periphery of the city is embodied in beautiful
picturesque landscapes. It is as a great chessboard in different degrees of
green and with the Incan system of sowing in "andenerías". The
Arequipa´s countryside has been inexhaustible source of inspiration for
artists and poets.
To continue we will describe small towns that are located in the surroundings
Is located in a high
area.Cayma offers a magnificent view of Arequipa and is often referred as
the "Balcony of Arequipa". On the main plaza, the ancient church
of San Miguel Arcangel (1730) is considered to be a jewel of the blended styles
of colonial architecture. To the right of the temple is a dining room called
"Comedor de Bolívar" and a small art museum. Here it is also a
traditional celebration of the Feast of "Virgen de la Candelaria".
A town of narrow
streets, very old houses, and excellent "picanterías" (a kind of
restaurant). Yanahuara is also located in a high area, it has a main plaza with
a beautiful church (1750), whose facade is finely sculpted in ashlar. Nearby you
can find Yanahuara's "mirador" (or scenic overlook) which affords an
excellent view of the city of Arequipa.
The neighborhood of San
Very near to the historical center of Arequipa. It is
formed by small narrow streets, also very old houses built in ashlar, this is
one of the most typical neighborhoods.
Located 9 km (5.6
miles) east of Arequipa. Jesus is well known for its thermal springs, plentiful
in this area for its volcanic nature. Due to its high contain of chloride,
arsenic and iron, these medicinal and tonic waters have been used to treat liver
diseases and rheumatism. The pools or "puquiales" are naturally pure
and 100% drinkable. Jesús has lodging centers both for patients and
Located 25 km (15.5
miles) north of Arequipa, near the volcano Chachani. This is a population on
which exists watering places assorted by springs of thermomedicinal water,
ferruginous water and sulfurous water. It has lodging for patients and tourists.
It also has a beautiful chapel. Very close to this place at the north part you
can find the Socosani springs.
Town in the
middle of beautiful landscapes of andenería in the countryside
("andenería" or "andenes" are steps that the ancient Incas
built to irrigate their mountainside fields). Headquarters for an
Lively town, located
to the west of Arequipa. Is known for its traditional celebration of the
Festival of the Three Kings on January 6. Founded by Inca Mayta Cápac. It was
named Capital of Arequipa during President Castilla's government.
To the west of
Arequipa, Sachaca's Founder's House, rising from the earth like a great castle,
commands extraordinary view of the surrounding countryside.
Located south of
Arequipa, this town with its watering places and small lagoon, as well as weekly
cockfights, attracts large Sunday crowds.
Located to the
southeast of Arequipa, this bucolic town have excellent views of the
Located 8 km (5
miles) southeast of Arequipa, this town is located in an area with lots of
springs of water and is also important for its "andeneria" and
beautiful countryside. We recommend a visit to the XVIII Century restored
Picturesque town in
the middle of the countryside, beautiful landscapes.
Founded by Inca
Mayta Cápac, traditional religious feasts and famous for its bullfights.
Geophysical observatory of the National University of San Agustín.
the countryside, 15,000 year-old stone carvings can be found near the town.
Located on the
slopes of the volcano Pichupichu, 27 km (16.8 miles) east of Arequipa, founded
by the Incas, this town has a beautiful XVI Century Church of the Sacred
Spirit of the Dominican Order.