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Arequipa Travel Guide


Arequipa is Peru’s second most populous city after Lima but it couldn’t be more different from its larger cousin. Three snow-capped volcanoes provide an impressive backdrop to the city’s unique baroque architecture carved out of the local white volcanic sillar rock. This is why Arequipa is known as the ‘white city’. In 2000 the old centre of the city was made a UNESCO world heritage site. The view of the imposing cathedral with the summit of the El Misti volcano rising to 5822 metres behind it is a breathtaking sight.

Many itineraries overlook Arequipa, but Peru's lovable second city has a unique character and makes a wonderful place to linger for a couple of days.

Best months to visit Arequipa

Our hand-picked hotels in Arequipa

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in Arequipa.

Best reasons to visit Arequipa

A surprising highlight to any Peru trip, here are our best reasons to visit Arequipa.

Explore the sprawling and labyrinthine Santa Catalina Monastery

Bustling Plaza de Armas the city’s central core

The unique cathedral, one of the biggest in Peru

The 500 year old Juanita Mummy, a preserved body of an Incan girl

Intricately carved Iglesia de la Compañía

Weather Averages for Arequipa

Other destinations in Peru

Venture further from the charming city of Arequipa to some of Peru’s other exciting destinations. Discover more with the links below.

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