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How to Spend 3 Days in Arequipa

How to Spend 3 Days in Arequipa

Famous for its white-stone architecture, active volcanoes, and plunging canyon, Arequipa is a dream destination for history buffs and thrill seekers. Three days give you enough time to enjoy all of Arequipa’s main draws, which include its historic center and the Colca Canyon. Here’s how. 

Day 1: Discover the White City

Dedicate day one to the historic center of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterized by the white-stone colonial architecture. Explore either on foot on a walking tour or visit via a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Must-sees include Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, and the Monastery of St. Catherine (Monasterio de Santa Catalina), all of which are staples on sightseeing tours. 

Then, delve deeper into the city’s culture on a food tour—which typically includes multiple tastings and a market visit—or a countryside tour that takes you off the beaten path to more remote landmarks such as Founder’s Mansion (La Mansión del Fundador), Sabandía Mill (Molino de Sabandía), and Moral House (Casa de Moral), which houses a collection of maps, religious art, and Peruvian coins that dates back hundreds of years.

Day 2: Colca Canyon

No visit to Arequipa would be complete without a visit to Colca Canyon (Canon del Colca), which—at a depth of 13,650 feet (4,160 meters)—is one of the deepest canyons on the planet. Day trip options from Arequipa are plentiful, with nearly all including convenient round-trip transport and a Peruvian lunch. Tours give you the chance to hike to overlooks such as La Cruz del Condor, bike through the Colca Valley, or kayak or raft down the Colca River, while some include stops in the traditional town of Chivay, which serves as the gateway to the canyon and boasts shops that sell souvenirs made with alpaca fiber. 

Day 3: Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures

Devote day three to discovering why Arequipa is considered to adventure capital of Peru. The area is world-renowned for its white-water rafting, making a trip to the Chili or Majes rivers a must for thrill seekers; in the wet season, rapids can reach Class IV, and tours are recommended for visitors with some white-water experience. Another adventurous option is to climb or downhill bike at El Misti, which stands at 19,101 feet (5,821 meters) above sea level, or Chachani, the highest of the volcanoes near Arequipa. Neither are too technical, although both require some physical fitness due to challenging terrain and the high altitudes reached. 

For something less physically taxing, spend the afternoon browsing Arequipa’s museums, the highlight of which is the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries (Museo Santuarios Andinos). Here, you find the preserved mummy of the Ice Maiden, Juanita, a young Inca girl whose remains were discovered in 1995.

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Colca Canyon Excursion One Day

Colca Canyon Excursion One Day

Discover the dramatic beauty of the Colca Canyon on an exciting two-day tour from Arequipa. Explore a fascinating natural formation twice as deep as the Grand Canyon of the USA. With an experienced guide; Visit an intriguing wildlife reserve to find various species; and admire the beautiful colonial architecture of two highland towns. Walk on the base of a colossal volcano and admire the spectacular views of the impressive landscapes of Peru during this enriching experience. Transportation and two lunches are included in the price of the trip, however, accommodation must be purchased separately.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.00
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A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 5 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa

A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 5 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa

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We are the first foodie tour of Arequipa with experience guiding groups in Lima Peru. Our tour takes you to the most iconic restaurants of Arequipa to taste different plates while you also get to know the history of what you are eating. We tell you the story of Peru and Arequipa through its food and drinks. You get all this for a very affordable price, that includes all the food, 3 drinks and a dessert! We believe this to be a very good value for your money, as you will end the tour completely satisfied! After the tour, your guide will be happy to recommend chic and superb places to go enjoy some drinks, live music, or whatever tickles your fancy!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery

Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery

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Explore Arequipa's many historical sights and attractions on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. A knowedgable and expert guide will take you via air-conditioned coah to spectacular viewpoints like the Mirador de Yanahuara, and lead you through some of Arequipa's most exquisite colonial districts—including Yanaahuara and St Lazarus. Visit the Monastery of St Catherine, which was closed to the public for almost 400 hundreds years.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.30
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2-Day Colca Canyon by Bus from Arequipa Finishing in Puno

2-Day Colca Canyon by Bus from Arequipa Finishing in Puno

The Colca Canyon ranks among the deepest canyons in the world, attracting hikers keen to explore its rugged landscapes and traditional towns—but you don’t have to be on foot to see it at its best. On this 2-day tour, explore the Colca Canyon in comfort by air-conditioned coach and reach the sites with ease—with pickup and drop-off at your Puno and Arequipa hotels, and three different accommodation options to choose from.
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  • 2 days
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$120.00
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$120.00

2 Day - Colca Canyon and Condor Tour from Arequipa, Peru - Group Service

2 Day - Colca Canyon and Condor Tour from Arequipa, Peru - Group Service

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This 2-day tour to the Colca Canyon in Peru allows travelers to see the beauty of the canyon and the area's Andean condors without a lot of hiking. See volcanos and llamas during the drive between Arequipa and the town of Chivay. Take short walks around the Colca Valley to enjoy views of the canyon more than 9,800 feet below. Visit the area's famous condor lookout point for the chance to see condors in flight.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$221.00
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$221.00
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Mountain activity climbing the Misti Volcano, by the easy route, Aguada Blanca

Mountain activity climbing the Misti Volcano, by the easy route, Aguada Blanca

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This is a beautiful experience, in the volcanoes of Southern Peru; We climb the Misti Volcano on the north route of Aguada Blanca, there is easier to climb, so we ensure a nice experience, with our Mountain Guides with UIAGM certification and their official credentials. Our vehicles are suitable and equipped to take them to the base of the mountain. This is a recommended experience.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.62
Price varies by group size
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$184.62
Price varies by group size

City Tour of Arequipa

City Tour of Arequipa

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Explore the rich history and colonial architecture of Arequipa and its surrounding districts during this 4-hour city sightseeing tour. Get a first-hand look at Peru’s charming ‘White City’ as you tour the Cayma and Añashuayco areas, wander through the Antiquilla market, see Arequipa’s 'Plaza de Armas,' and much more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.40
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Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa

Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa

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Peruvian cooking is famous around the world, so learn the secrets behind popular dishes like ‘lomo saltado,’ ceviche, and potato pie with a hands-on cooking lesson in Arequipa. Choose from three different menus, and then get cooking as an instructor helps you prepare a multi-course meal featuring fresh ingredients and authentic methods. Learn to shake up a tasty pisco sour with a cocktail add-on, and take a taste of Peru back home when recipes are sent to your inbox.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.21
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$28.21

Private Arequipa Walking City Tour - All included

Private Arequipa Walking City Tour - All included

Explore the ‘White City’ of Arequipa on a private 3-hour walking tour. Learn about the rich history of the city and its beautiful architecture from your informative guide. Visit famous landmarks such as the Santa Catalina Monastery, the house of Tristan del Pozo, and the Plaza de Armas with the impressive ‘El Misti’ volcano serving as your backdrop for the day.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$63.00
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$63.00
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Afternoon: Arequipa Panoramic bus with entrances

Afternoon: Arequipa Panoramic bus with entrances

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If you’re visiting Arequipa for the first time, orient yourself in the historic city with ease during a tour by panoramic bus. You’ll skip the hassle of navigation as a driver transports you between landmarks and will enjoy unobstructed views from the top deck of the bus. Plus, the short duration of this tour makes it ideal for travelers on a time budget, while included admission tickets make this the obvious choice for visitors on a budget.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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$39.00

Small-Group Arequipa Countryside Tour Including La Mansion del Fundador -Mirabus

Small-Group Arequipa Countryside Tour Including La Mansion del Fundador -Mirabus

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Get a sense for the rich history and stunning scenery near Arequipa during this 4-hour, small-group, excursion. Travel with a guide and no more than 15 other guests, discovering the stunning landscape of the Chilina Valley and the towering Misti volcano in the distance. You’ll tour the 18th-century stone mill of Sabandia and visit the La Mansion del Fundador, one of the most iconic mansions in the region, before ending your day at the ‘Iron Bridge,’ designed by famed architect Gustave Eiffel. Benefit from a guide and round-trip transport (including hotel pickup, but not hotel drop-off) too.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$15.39
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$15.39
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Private 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa to Puno

Private 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa to Puno

Enjoy Peru’s amazing scenery and fascinating wildlife during this private overnight trip from Arequipa to Puno with a stay in a luxury lodge. Travel by private van to Yanque through the stunning landscape of the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, spotting wildlife like alpacas, flamingoes and ibises, along with nearby volcanoes. Continue the next day through the Colca Canyon, stopping to admire giant Andean Condors at the Mirador Cruz del Condor before heading to Puno in the afternoon.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$716.67
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$716.67
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Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market *Whatsapp for more información

Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market *Whatsapp for more información

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We care a lot about how you feel, have fun and really know the wonders that Arequipa and Peru have, our desire to take the best possible experience and we take care of that every day, with each group and with each experience carried out, Do your best and even more than what is normally included in the tour. We try to adapt both the MENU and the EXPERIENCE so that 100% of the attendees enjoy it
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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$55.00

Rafting Río Chili

Rafting Río Chili

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No prior rafting experience is necessary to enjoy running Class II to IV rapids on this Rio Chili tour from Arequipa. Go over river safety and rafting basics, and then navigate roughly four miles (seven kilometers) or white water along with your guide. All gear is include, plus a snack and transportation, so you don't need to plan a thing for the perfect trip.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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$32.00


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