Arequipa is the second most important city in Peru, and is a very popular tour destination for It’s nice weather, colonial buildings, history, restaurants, hotels and places to visit: Plaza de Armas, The Santa Catalina Monastery, Museo Santuarios Andinos, Sabandia windmill, Toro Muerto Petroglyphs, Cotahuasi Canyon, Andagua, Laguna de Salinas, etc.
Best Private Hiking, Adventure and Cultural Tours in Arequipa
Perou Voyage offers a selection of private adventure, trekking and cultural tours for discovering the magic of Arequipa city. Find different trips for discovering local history, gastronomy and adrchitecture.
This region is an important tourist destination in south Peru with so many destinations like: Andagua, Cotahuasi Canyon, Colca Canyon, Toro Muerto, etc. Located at 2,325 meters above sea level and few travelers ever experience altitude sickness here.
The city is popular because of f its pleasant weather and 300 sunny days per year.
Is important to wear sunscreen, as this area experiences intense high solar radiation.
If you go to the mountains and highlands in Arequipa Region, expect stronger sun and winds during the day, and cooler temperatures at night.
There are significant temperature differences between day and night. Daytime temperatures average around 20°Celsius, but rarely go below 8°Celsius.
The Andean rainy season extends from December to March.
Low atmospheric pressure and the valley’s topography result in early morning and evening breezes as glacially-cooled air sweeps down from the mountains.
Arequipa’s Manuel Ballon International Airport has regular connecting flights to/from Lima, Juliaca, and Cusco. The airport islocated at 8 km from the Plaza de Armas.
The city has 2 major bus stations, Terminal Terreste and Terrapuerto, which are located at 3.8 km from the Plaza de Armas.
For long distance bus travel between Arequipa, Cusco, Puno, Nazca, Ica and Lima, the best and safest option is to take an overnight bus company like Cruz del Sur and Oltursa.
From Lima, you can travel from the desert coast to Paracas, Ica and Nazca, then go up to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, ending the trip in Puno.
From Arequipa or the Colca Canyon, you can go to Puno u0026amp; Lake Titicaca or Cusco u0026amp; Machu Picchu.
The food includes the best local products. These dishes have a marked flavor, since the herbs used on some of the best dishes, using the shrimp and the rocoto, a variation of the chili (spicy and hotter).
One of the most known dishes in Arequipa is the called Chupes, which includes several thick soups, made with long noodles, milk and always have shrimp and prawns.
Other typical dishes are the Ocopa, made with peanuts, huacatay, an aromatic herb, served with potatoes and boiled egg.
One of the most famous dishes is the called Rocoto relleno, is a chili which is stuffed with chopped meat, grill cheese and other products.
The desert that is so famous is the “queso helado”, made with curd milk, cinnamon, coconut and other species.
One of the most importants Peru’s highlighs is Arequipa city, a nice white city with beauty buildings and delicious food.
The “white city” is the second biggest in Peru, with snow-capped mountains, volcanoes like: Misti, Chachani and deep canyons.
Best Private Adventure Tours in Arequipa
Visitors can find diffrent ways through a variety of Tours for discovering the white city in different ways.
A series of volcanic cones dominate the city skyline: Misti, and the extinct volcanic groups Pichu Pichu and Chachani.
The western slopes of the Andes in the region feature thick layers of volcanic lava that cover large areas.
Arequipa is the second most industrialized and commercialized city in Peru.
Its industrial activity includes manufactured goods and camelid wool products for export. The city has close trade ties with Chile, Bolivia and Brazil.
The historic center spans an area of 332 hectares and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its religious, colonial, and republican architectural styles blend European and native characteristics into a unique style called “Escuela Arequipeña”.
The historic centre of Arequipa, built in volcanic sillar rock, represents an integration of European and native building techniques and characteristics, expressed in the admirable work of colonial masters and Criollo and Indian masons.
This combination of influences is illustrated by the city’s robust walls, archways and vaults, courtyards and open spaces, and the intricate Baroque decoration of its facades.
With its buildings built mostly in white or pink volcanic rock (sillar), the historical centre of Arequipa has a distinct character resulting from natural causes and historical context.
The pre-existent indigenous populations, the Spanish conquest and the evangelization, the spectacular natural setting and the frequent earthquakes, are all main factors in the definition of Arequipa’s identity.
The city is the result of its people’s endurance against natural processes and the capacity of cultures to overcome crises.
Perou Voyage offers the next Arequipa trip options: Walking Tour, Countryside Tour, Toro Muerto Petroglyphs, Reality Tour, Capua Waterfall hike, Sogay Trek, Colca Tours, Colca Trekking, etc.
Perou Voyage Tour Operator offers a variety of adventure and trekking activities in Arequipa:
Walking tour includes the visits to the most important tourist attrractions in the city: San Camilo, La Compañia Church, Plaza de Armas, The Cathedral, Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo Santuarios Andinos (Juanita Mummy).
Explore the surroundings and visit its best attractions.
Our countryside package includes the visit to the Mirador of Carmen Alto, a natural lookout point with pre Inca terraces and its volcanoes known as El Misti, Chachani and Picchu Picchu.
Our tour also takes us to the traditional neighborhood of Yanahuara, also you will visit Cayma church and main square and Sabandia windmill. This tour endsin a “picanteria” where you will be able to taste the local food.
Toro Muerto Petroglyphs Tour:
Toro Muerto is a collection of ancient petroglyphs in the Peruvian coastal desert in the region of Arequipa in Peru.
The site contains some 3000 volcanic rocks with petroglyphs dating back to the Wari culture.
The Wari (Spanish: Huari) were a Middle Horizon civilization that flourished in the south-central Andes and coastal area of Peru.
Sogay Waterfalls Trek:
This excursion to Sogay waterfalls is a good alternative for hiking without having to make several hours of transportation.
Sogay trek helps your acclimatization before going at higher altitudes (for example Colca Canyon, Puno and Cusco).
Ashlar Quarries Tour:
La Cantera de Añashuayco, is still in operation, a huge canyon with walls higher than 30mts.
We will visit “Quebrada de Culebrillas”, inside there is a small canyon that has formed by the pass of water.
At the end of our walk we will see petroglyphs such as llamas, sun, snakes, etc.
Choice the best Arequipa tours for you and enjoy the “white city”.
It can be practice on many places in Arequipa such as the Chili River, the Colca Canyon or the Cotahuasi Canyon.
From December to March the Rivers offers adrenaline with rapids but is all secure.
Arequipa is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. El Misti volcano hike takes 2 day on loose terrain with high slopes.
The road to Chachani (6,075 MASL) volcano takes you to a spectacular path that ascends to the Pampa de Arrieros, where you can watch vicuñas.
The Colca valley (3 hours by private car) has many summits of great beauty and popularity amongst climbers: the Ampato volcano (6,025m), Sabancaya (5,976m) and the snowy Hualca Hualca (6,025m).
The Cotahuasi Valley has the Coropuna (6,425m) which offers an amazing view of the area. You can get there from the Pallarcocha lagoon.
There are many unexplored routes awaiting for hiking lovers to explore and enjoy the adventure.
Arequipa has stone forest, waterfalls, national reserves and beautiful villages with amazing views.
The hike is recommended for acclimatization, You can do trekking in Arequipa before going to the Colca Canyon, Cusco, Puno or before Misti or Chachani trekking.
Perou Voyage offers half and full day hikes. Trekking tours are specially designed for travelers who would like to do hiking in Arequipa.
Through our hiking tours you will enjoy beautiful landscapes and andean terraces surrounded by Misti, Chachani and Picchu Picchu volcanoes.
Come on a horse riding trip to see the beautiful countryside around Arequipa Valley in Peru.
You will enjoy the wonderful experience of riding gentle Peruvian Step horses. Along theride you will admire the beauty of the cropfields and the volcanoes surrounding it.
No horse riding experience is necessary.
- Don’t keep valuables in bags that will be unattended
- Leave jewelry and fancy watches in the hotel
- Always take an official taxi in the airport or bus terminals
- Don’t take taxis from the street. Ask your hostel or hotel to call you an official taxi
- Don’t travel with expensive jewellery or valuables
- Keep bags between your feet and an arm
- We highly encourage you to only book with a legal Colca tour operator with licensed english speaking guides and help us to stop the piracy of tourism in the Colca area
- Don’t place items on tables or hang bags from the back of chairs
Where to eat:
Arequipa is a very popular destination because of delicious food. The best restaurants in the city are: Tradicion Arequipeña, Zig Zag restaurant, Sol de Mayo, La Capitana, Hatunpa, Chicha by Gaston Acurio and La Palomino.
- The volcanos that rise behind Arequipa are more than just a beautiful
- Like Machu Picchu, Arequipa’s historic center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and cultural value
- Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas is considered as one of the prettiest plazas in entire Peru
- The “white city” has beautiful bridges, Puente Bolognesi is close to the main square
- Because of its weather and friendliness of its people, Arequipa is a great place to learn spanish
- For the adrenaline lovers, the Chili River offer half day fun river rafting