AREQUIPA COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
Arequipa countryside tour allows you to explore the surroundings of the White City and visit its best attractions. Our countryside tour includes the visit to the Mirador of Carmen Alto, a natural view point from where it is possible to make out the Valley of Arequipa with great pre Inca terraces and its volcanoes known as El Misti, Chachani and Picchu Picchu.
The guided tour also takes us to the traditional neighborhood of Yanahuara, where we visit its nice church built in colonial times and it traditional arches where part of Arequipa’s history was written, a similar scenary can be visited in Cayma, where we will see a traditional plaza with a church made in sillar.
At the countryside we will also the Sabandia Mill, where it is possible to see over 50 types of cactus plants amid a peaceful atmosphere; then we will stop in Paucarpata andean terraces. Finally we will end the tour in a “picanteria” where we can taste traditional delicuous food.
Arequipa Countryside Attractions:
Carmen Alto View Point:
Carmen Alto is located in the right side of the Chili River from where we can watch andean terraces and an extraordinary view from the Arequipa Valley and volcanoes: Chachani, Misti and Pichu Pichu.
Yanahuara View Point:
Yanahuara Lookout and church offer the postcard-perfect view of the city and iconic Misti Volcano rising behind it, framed by sillar arches engraved with quotes from illustrious arequipeño writers.
Cayma Plaza and Church:
Cayma is considered as a traditional Arequipa’s district. It’s colonial main square and church have a baroque mestizo style.
Sabandia Mill is surrounded by ancient trees, a nice collection of cacti and succulents, flowers and various local plants, a large bull fight Arequipa, llamas, alpacas, guinea pigs, roosters and other birds of the area. This architectural masterpiece was built in 1621.
A picantería, is a traditional lunchtime restaurant in Peru, predominantly in and around the cities of Arequipa and Cuzco.
Typical offerings of Arequipan cuisine include chicha de jora corn beer and soups. Picanteria refers to a place serving picante (“spicy”), a one-plate dish of various stews. It is usual for the restaurant to offer a lunch menu of soup and a small main dish according to the following weekly scheme:
Monday: Claque, Tuesday: Chairo, Wednesday: Chochoca, Thursday: red stew or black potato flour soup, Friday: Sopa de Viernes, “Friday soup” made with fish, Saturday: Timpusca, and Sunday: white broth, pebre loins and adobo.
Picanterias were born in the countryside. A house with a post hung with a red cloth was the place where field workers knew there was food offered. Clients would enter via the kitchen so they could see what was being cooked and could place their order.
The dining room was rustic, with benches ranged along large tables. The atmosphere was usually conducive to lively conversation, even among strangers.
Arequipa Countryside Tour Itinerary:
Arequipa countryside tour is available in the morning at 9AM and in the afternoon at 2PM. This is a half day tour which includes the visit to a “picanteria” (a traditional and typical restaurant in Arequipa) where you can taste the delicious local food.
This tour includes the guided visit to:
- Carmen Alto view point
- Yanahuara church and view point
- Cayma Church and main square
- Sabandia windmill
- Paucarpata andean terraces
- Lunch in a traditional “picanteria”
Arequipa Countryside Tour Includes:
- English speaking guide
- Tourist Transportation
- Entrance Fees
- Lunch in a Picanteria