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Location: The department of Arequipa is located in the south part of Peru on the Western Andes.

Area: 63 345 km2

Capital: Arequipa (2 335 masl)

Altitude: 9 masl (Punta de Bombón) Lowest town. 4 525 masl (San Antonio de Chuca) highest town.

Average annual temperature: 20º C (24º C maximum and 5º C minimum).Rainy season: December to March.

By land: Lima - Arequipa (1 003 km) about 14 h drive.
By air: Daily flights depart from Lima (about 1 h approximately) and Cusco (about 30 minutes).
By railroad: There is a service that links Arequipa with the cities of Juliaca, Puno and Cusco.

The department of Arequipa has a great historic past which goes back to ancient times (8 000 to 6 000 BC). Testimonies of this history are its cave-paintings. The first Spaniards settlers of what was to become Arequipa were the Dominican Priests who built a chapel and later a parish in what is now known as Barrio de San Lázaro. Arequipa was founded on August 15th, 1 540, in the valley of Chili, and was given the name of Villa Hermosa de Nuestra Señora de Asunta or Asunción. In 1 541, a short time after its foundation, it was given the status of city.
When Potosí passed to the Viceroyship of Río de la Plata, Arequipa was no longer a part of the route of the silver that was sent to Spain, and was forced to face severe economic consequences. The city re-emerged thanks to its mines in Caylloma and the development of agriculture. In 1 870, with the arrival of the railroad, Arequipa became an important commercial center in the southern part of Peru.
Arequipa, called the White City for its buildings of white ashlar stone (a volcano stone), was an important bastion against Spain during the Independence war in the nineteenth century. During the twentieth century, many important personages natural of this department have stood out in the country’s political and cultural life.


The Cathedral
Located in the Main Square. Visits: Monday to Saturday 7:00-13:30 and 17:00-18:30, Sunday 7:00-13:00.
The old cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1 844. It was restored in 1 868 by Arequipa-native Lucas Poblete in Neo-renaissance style with French influence, and it is considered to be one of the biggest in South America.

La Compañía Church
Corner of calle General Morán and calle Alvarez Tomás.
Visits: Monday to Sunday: 8:00-12:00 and 16:00-19:00
The façade made with white ashlar stone (sillar), the carved wood pulpit and the sacristy are remarkable. The cloister of La Compañía has vaulted galleries and bell-shaped arches with sculpted columns in pure Arequipa style.

La Merced Church
Corner of calle La Merced and calle Tristán.
Visits: during mass hours.
Baroque church and convent from the end of the seventeenth century housing a valuable old library and a collection of oil paintings.

San Agustín Church
Corner of calle San Agustín and calle Bolívar. Visits: Monday to Sunday 9:00-18:00.
Baroque façade with abundant decoration carved in ashlar stone. Noteworthy is also its sacristy, a modern work of mestizo art.

Santo Domingo Church
Corner of calle Santo Domingo and calle Rivero. Visits: Monday-Sunday 7:00-11:00 and 15:00-18:00.
A seventeenth century church displaying interesting sculptures on the right side portico.

San Francisco Church
Calle Zela block 1.
Visits: Monday to Saturday 8:00-10:00 and 17:00-19:00, Sunday mornings only.
It houses a 20 000 book library, a vast collection of paintings and a chapel that form part of this interesting Colonial architectural complex of the sixteenth century.

Monastery of Santa Catalina
Calle Santa Catalina 301.
Visits: Monday to Saturday: 9:00-16:00.
Peru’s most important and impressive religious construction, founded in September 1 579 under the patronage of Saint Catherine of Sienna. Its doors remained closed to the world until 1 970. Spreading over 20 426 m2, it has preserved intact its sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’ design. Its narrow squares, streets and gardens bearing Spanish names remind the visitor of old Seville and Granada quarters.
Its two site museums exhibit important art works such as relics, porcelain, religious objects, sculptures and oil paintings from several schools.

San Lázaro Church
Av. Juan De la Torre, Barrio de San Lázaro.
A small chapel in San Lázaro Square, was the first church to be built in Arequipa’s oldest quarter.

La Recoleta Church
Jr. Recoleta 117
Visits: Monday to Saturday 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:30.
A Franciscan convent founded in 1 648, with cloisters that are an example of Arequipa’s colonial architecture. It has a library with works from the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries (25 000 volumes). There is also an Amazonian Museum exhibiting objects from the missionary activity in the jungle during this period.

Del Moral House
Calle Moral 108, Cercado.
Visits: Monday to Friday 9:00-13:00 and 15:45-18:45.
Typical house of the seventeenth century with a beautiful façade. Its interior has vaulted halls.

Tristán del Pozo House
Calle San Francisco 108. Visits: Monday to Friday 9:00-13:00 and 15:45-18:45.
Currently this house belongs to Banco Continental. There is a small numismatic museum and a site gallery. Both its façade and inner patio are remarkable.

Casa de la Moneda
Corner of calle Ugarte and calle Villalba.
Built in 1 798, its solid structure has preserved its original features. During the nineteenth century it was the seat of Arequipa’s Mint House.
Goyeneche House
Calle La Merced 201. Visits: Monday to Saturday 9:00-12:00 and 16:00-18:00.



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Goyeneche House
Calle La Merced 201. Visits: Monday to Saturday 9:00-12:00 and 16:00-18:00.
Currently the local office of the Central Reserve Bank, it dates from the eighteenth century. It is entirely built with ashlar stone. A large and splendid mansion, it is decorated with original colonial furniture.

Archaeological Museum of the University of San Agustín
Corner of Av. Alvarez Thomas and Av. Palacio Viejo.
Visits: Monday to Friday 9:00-14:00.
It has several sections, the most important being the History and Anthropology Hall, housing remarkable collections of pottery of varied styles belonging to the many civilizations that flourished in the department.

Anthropological Museum of the University of Santa María
Calle Samuel Velarde 620, Umacollo.
Visits: Monday to Saturday 9:00-17:30.
It houses a collection of prehistoric stone objects, stone weapons and textiles.

Santuarios de Altura Museum
Calle Santa Catalina 210, Cercado.
Visits: Monday to Saturday 9:00-18:00, Sunday 9:00-17:00.
This building houses the Maiden of Ampato exhibition. It is located in front of the Monastery of Santa Catalina in Santa Catalina street.


Located 2 km from downtown and about 8 minutes drive.
Both its church, built in 1 750, and a belvedere with ashar arches overlooking the city, are remarkable.

3 km from downtown and about 8 minutes drive.
It is called Arequipa’s Balcony for its elevated location overlooking the city. It features an eighteenth century church.

Located 28 km from the city and about 46 minutes drive.
Famous for its hot springs at the foot of the dormant Chachani volcano.

Located 45 km and about 1 h drive from Arequipa.
Mineral-medicinal waters, bottled for consumption.

Located 20 km from the Main Square of the city of Arequipa and about 20 minutes drive.
A village on the banks of the Socabaya river where an eighteenth century colonial house, known as the Mansión del Fundador, can be admired.

Located 9 km from the city of Arequipa and about 20 minutes drive.
Beautiful countryside landscapes at the foot of the Chachani and Misti volcanoes. The eighteenth century mill is worth a visit.

Located 6 km from the city of Arequipa and about 12 minutes drive.
Hot springs specifically prescribed for kidney, liver and skin diseases.

Located 3 km from the city of Arequipa and about 8 minutes drive.
Very popular hot springs. There is a boulevard where typical food is served.




Toro Muerto Petroglyphs
Located 165 km west of Arequipa and about 6 h drive. On the way back from Colca Valley through Pampa de Siguas or leaving directly from Arequipa, taking the route to Lima and then a 7 km detour at Corire (district of Uraca), the amazing Toro Muerto petroglyphs can be found. Volcanic rocks lie over approximately 5 km2, most probably the result of violent eruptions of the Coropuna and Chachani volcanoes. The petroglyphs which are dispersed over an area of 3 876 m long and 250 m wide, depict animals and plants.

Caves of Sumbay – Paleolithic Art
Located behind the Misti volcano, 88 km from Arequipa and about 1 h 45 minutes drive following the Cailloma road. Sumbay is a typical high plateau setting at an average 4 127 masl. The archaeological importance of Sumbay lies in its caves which exhibit valuable paintings from the Paleolithic era, representing human figures, camelidae and pumas.

Andagua Volcano Valley
Located in the north of the Castilla province (Andagua) 377 km from Arequipa and about 5 h drive, its spectacular beauty lies in the dozens of small dormant volcanoes. Outstanding among these are the so called Gemelos (identical twins), located 10 km from the city. South of the town is the Andomarca volcano with a pre-Columbian citadel at its foot.

Imata Stone Forest
Located 113 km and about 3 h 30 minutes drive from the city of Arequipa. Rock formation consisting of a singular series of natural stone columns to which the erosion of the wind has given the form of a mysterious petrified forest. This site of easy access is located near the Arequipa – Juliaca railway. Access by land is gained taking the road to Puno

Cotahuasi Valley and Canyon
Located in the province of La Unión, 379 km and about 12 h drive from the city of Arequipa, this is an Inter-Andean valley with several attractions such as the Sipia Falls, its hot springs, the privileged view of Coropuna and Solimana Mounts and the Canyon’s faults, considered together with the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest on earth. Its impressive landscape makes it ideal for activities such as canoeing, trekking, photography, mountain biking, etc.

Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve
Located 35 km in the northwest of Arequipa city about 1 h drive. It covers an area of 366 936 Ha and protects the natural vegetation and wild life as well as geological formation such as inactive volcanoes (Misti 5 821 masl, Chachani 6 075 masl and Pichu Pichu 5 440 masl).


Feast of the Virgin of Chapi (May)
Feast celebrated with pilgrimages to the sanctuaries and displays
of fireworks on the eve.

Corpus Christi Festivity (June)
Feast celebrated with a mass and the Corpus Christi procession departing from the city’s Cathedral.

Anniversary of the City of Arequipa (August)
Arequipa International Fair held in Cerro Juli comprising a number of attractions and artistic and recreational activities, including the Misti Ascent International Competition and crafts exhibitions in Fundo del Fierro. The central day (August 15th) includes a Friendship Parade, among other activities.

Feast of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception (December)
The celebration comprises a number of cultural activities including the famous Witite dancers’ competition.


Aeropuerto Alfredo Rodriguez-Ballón
Av. Aviación s/n , Cerro Colorado.

Land Transport
Av. Arturo Ibáñez s/n, Parque Industrial

Terminal de la Municipalidad de Arequipa
Av. Andrés Avelino Cáceres s/n, Parque Industrial


Railroad Transport
PeruRail Corp.
Corner of Av. Tacna and calle Arica

Health Centers
Hospital Regional Honorio Delgado Espinoza.
Av. Daniel Alcides Carrión, la Pampilla.
24 hours service.

Hospital Goyeneche.
Av. Goyeneche s/n.
24 hours service.

Police Stations
Jefatura de Seguridad Ciudadana.
San Juan de Dios 302, Cercado.
24 hours service.

Policía Nacional de Yanahuara.
Emmel 106, Yanahuara.
24 hours service.

Policía de Turismo
Calle Jerusalén 315, Cercado.
24 hours service.




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