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Arequipa's typical food (Photo: PromPerú)
La Compañía Monastery (Photo: J. Mazzotti)
Vicuñas (Photo: PromPerú)
Los Negrillos Dance (Photo: J. Mazzotti)

Cultural World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Southern Peru, Andean zone, 2,335 meters over sea level. (7,660 feet)

633.8 miles (1,020 km) from Lima.
111.8 miles (180 km) from the Colca Valley
248.5 miles (400 km) from Tacna.
201.9 miles (325 km) from Puno
388 miles (625 km) from Cusco

762,000 inhabitants (2000)


The area was inhabited since 7600 B.C. by primitive men, and in the nearest antiquity it was inhabited by the tribe pre-Inca the Collaguas, and then conquered by the Inca Mayta Capac who ordered to found the first city, giving it the name towards 1300 B.C.

Francisco de Carvajal, Spaniard conqueror, was the founder of the Spanish city of Arequipa in August 15th, 1540 with the name of "Villa Hermosa de Arequipa". During the colonial time it was favored to be an intermediate point of the caravans that transported the immense shipments of silver of the rich mines of Potosi (Bolivia) towards Quilca, port in which was sent aboard for Callao and Spain.

Arequipa is the capital of the department of Arequipa, furrowed by the river Chili and it is located in the slopes of the Misti Volcano, 5,822 meters above sea level (19,101 feet), and very near to the volcanoes Chachani 6,075 meters above sea level (19,931 feet), and the Pichupichu 5,425 meters above sea level (17,798 feet).

Also known as the "Ciudad Blanca" (White City) for the numerous and magnificent constructions of temples, convents, big houses and palaces in white ashlar sculpted as filigree. It also possesses an excellent climate with almost 300 days of sun a year, with transparent blue sky.

Arequipa also offers an exquisite cuisine, beautiful landscapes of countryside, majestic volcanoes, the Colca Valley, challenges and adventures in Colca Canyon, natural reservations, and the heat of friendly people willing to make the tourist enjoy their visit to Arequipa.

Arequipa is the second larger city of the country and the most important of the south of Peru, constitutes the main pole of economic development due to their multiple resources and to their irrigation projects that favor mainly to the agriculture and the cattle raising; industry of milk products and leathers. It has a modern hotel infrastructure.


Visiting Arequipa

Historical Center: Cultural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Arequipa conserves one of the best architectural treasures in the colonial time of Peru, expressed maybe in the best way in its temples and religious convents and beautiful elegant big houses in colonial-mestizo architecture.

Museums: Anthropological Museum of the Catholic University of Santa Maria, Archaeological Museum of the National University of San Agustín, Santury Museum Juanita Mummy's collection, City Museum.

The Countryside: (La Campiña) The agricultural area of the periphery of the city is embodied in beautiful picturesque landscapes, in which numerous towns are located described in "Areas around the City." It is as a great chessboard in different degrees of green and with the Incan system of sowing in "andenerías". The countryside of Arequipa has been a inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists and poets.

Areas around the city: Towns of beautiful landscapes and some with beautiful churches and colonial monuments, with magnificent view of the countryside, and towns with medicinal watering places of spring water.

The Colca Valley: Valley, formed by the Colca river in which side banks exists a great beauty scene and enormous cultural attractiveness where you will have an encounter with the descendants of the Collaguas.

Tourism of Adventure: The Colca Canyon, the deepest on the Earth, besides landscapes of indescribable beauty, is one of the best sceneries in the world for canoeing, and for the lovers of extreme adventure. Also for hiking lovers, they have the possibility to get to the high and snowy crater of the volcanoes Misti and Chachani.

Ecological Arequipa: National Reserve Salinas and Aguada Blanca for the protection of high mountain species, and the National Sanctuary of Mejia Lagoons area protected for migratory birds.

The Valley of the Volcanoes: Geologic formation from the Quaternary Era, with more than 80 volcanoes in magnificent landscape that looks like a moony landscape.

Arequipa: Quechua Language = Ari quepay  - Yes, stay.

Arequipa is an excellent destination for three types of tourism, the historical-archaeological, the adventure tourism, and the ecological tourism.

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