Sabandía is marked by rural plains, rolling hills, and historic landmarks, making this southern Arequipa province in Peru a draw. Among the highlights are the district’s traditional shops and restaurants, and the chance to see the Sabandía Mill, built in 1621 with the region’s signature white volcanic rock (sillar) and populated by animals such as alpaca and peacocks.
Whether you choose to self-drive or prebook a tour, a trip through the Sabandía District yields rolling landscapes and historic structures, in particular the Sabandia Mill, which is open for daily tours. Some tours combine a visit to Sabandía District with a tour of the colonial city of Arequipa, a stop at the farming terraces of Paucarpata, and a visit to La Mansion Del Fundador, the grand colonial home that once belonged to the founder of Arequipa.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A trip to Sabandía District is suitable for couples, small groups, and families.
- Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, entrance fees, and guide. Check tours for specific details.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes as most Sabandía tours include exploration on foot.
How to Get There
The Sabandía District is in the suburbs of Arequipa, just east of Jose Luis Bustamante District and north of Characato District. Arequipa is a short flight from either Lima or Cusco; from Arequipa, the district is about a 20-minute drive.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Sabandía District and Arequipa is May through September when temperatures are mild and days are sunny and dry. Thousands of pilgrims descend upon the city of Arequipa in May for the Feast of our Lady of Chapi festival. Tourism picks up in July and August, during which time hotels become more expensive. Come in February for carnival.
Climb Chachani Volcano
Standing sentinel over Arequipa is Chachani mountain. The active volcano is considered by the Quechua people to be one of the great spiritual protectors of the city. For many centuries, sillar—bright white volcanic stone—has been extracted from the mountain’s elevated slopes to build the city’s stunning churches and colonial houses, giving Arequipa the nickname, “The White City.” The ascent to the summit is an intermediate to challenging 2-day climb.