Arequipa Information

Information of Arequipa city

Garci Manuel de Carbajal, Spanish conquistador, was the founder of the Spanish city of Arequipa on August 15, 1540, with the name "Villa Hermosa de Arequipa". The city of Arequipa is the capital of the department of Arequipa, surrounded by the Chili River and is located on the slopes of the volcano Misti 5.822 m. (19.101 feet), and very close to 6.075 meters Chachani (19.931 feet) and 5.425 Pichupichu m.s.n.m. (17.798 feet). Also known as the "White City" by the numerous and magnificent constructions of temples, monasteries, mansions and palaces in white ashlar sculpted as filigree. It also has excellent weather almost 300 days of sunshine per year, with diaphanous blue sky. Also offers exquisite cuisine, beautiful scenery of beautiful countryside, majestic volcanoes, the Colca Valley, exciting challenges and adventures in Colca Canyon, nature reserves, and the warmth of a people friendly and ready for the tourist to enjoy and share its charms. Arequipa is the 2nd largest city of Perú and the most important in the south. It is the main pole of economic development through its many resources, and its irrigation projects that favor mainly to agriculture and livestock, dairy industry, leather and fabrics in alpaca and vicuña.

Monastery of Santa Catalina:

It is the most important and impressive religious monument of Peru. Founded September 1579 under the patronage of Saint Catherine of Siena and was closed to the world until 1970. It is the most important and impressive religious monument of Peru. Its construction in the sixteenth century on an over 20,000 square meters, has a large temple, cloisters, cells, fountains, an art gallery, gardens and important murals. This large monastery with internal streets reminiscent of old Spain, was a cloister select Join closing banned for four centuries. Attractive predominant is the Cathedral built in the middle of the seventeenth century neoclassical style basically, across from the Plaza Mayor de Armas, although it was built in 1621, in 1844 was partially consumed by fire and rebuilt by Lucas Poblete. Today it remains as it was rebuilt after an earthquake destroyed it in 1668. The interior houses an organ Belgian who won a prize at the Paris Exposition Universelle, a carved pulpit by boisini'Rigot in Lille (France) in 1879 and the high altar of Carrara marble. One of the towers was badly damaged in the 2001 earthquake. Which was rebuilt. It is one of 70 churches in the world authorized to display the flag of the Vatican.


Church of the company founded by the Jesuits in the seventeenth century.
Church and convent the Merced.
San Francisco colonial architecture, dating from the sixteenth century.
San Agustin church, XVII century.
Church and Convent Recoleta.
Yanahuara Church.

You can visit old and colonial mansions:

The Casa Moral.
The Casa of Tristán of Pozo.
The Casa of Iberry.
The Casa of Pastor.
The Casa Goyeneche.
The Mansión of Fundador.

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Two kilometers from the city. Famous for stylish anadaluz churches built.


Three kilometers from the capital. Place known for its taverns and where there is a beautiful seventeenth century church. From here you can see a beautiful view of Arequipa.

Thermal baths of Yura:

A thirty kilometers. Its waters come from inside the volcano Chachani. Also, near the city are the medicinal sources of Jesus and Socosani.


Valley with more natural crystalline waters in the region. There is a mill built in the eighteenth century and to the present work.

Colca Canyon:

located in the province of Cailloma. It has a depth of 400 meters and 3000 is considered one of the largest in the world. To get there you must go behind the Misti and Chachani and Cañahuas Pampa, a vicuña reserve. Located in the province of Cailloma.

Valley of Majes:

Located in the province of Castilla. They are the petroglyphs of Toro Muerto with 5000 large stones representing geometric figures, flora and fauna.

Valley of the Volcanoes:

It is 377 kilometers from Arequipa in Andahua. It is a beautiful landscape of about 80 small volcanoes, which give the appearance of the moon surface.

National Sanctuary of Mejía Lagoons:

Located on the coast, 20 kilometers from Mollendo. Natural setting of 690 acres with waters of different salinity, marshes, reed beds, salt and gramadales.Se up to 157 species of birds.

Caves of Sumbay:

A 88 kilometers from the capital. Despite the time, was kept inside cave paintings from the Paleolithic era. Rocky walls represent human figures, llamas, pumas, etc.

Stone Forest Imata:

Rock formation located very original way to Puno. Set of natural stone columns, giving the appearance of a mysterious forest encantad and petrified.

Food of Arequipa

The food of Arequipa has achieved international fame. Has the greatest variety over other departments of Peru and is also characterized by its good taste, and chili seasoning, this makes the places where it is sold are called picanterías. Among the best known are the shrimp soup, ocopa Arequipa, stuffed pepper, adobo pork, cheese singles, potato cake, fried ribs, guinea pig and rabbit chactado, Cauchi and jackets. For dessert we recommend the cream cheese and drinking, as well as chicha, beer and anise in the region.

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