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Founder's Mansion (La Mansión del Fundador) Tours

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Founder's Mansion (La Mansión del Fundador)
Founder's Mansion (La Mansión del Fundador) dates back to the 17th century, when the Spanish first colonized Peru. Characterized by white volcanic rock painted warm pastel colors, the grand building once belonged to the founder of Arequipa and now attracts visitors with its antique furniture, colonial-style decor, and artwork imbued with Inca symbolism.

The Basics
Due to the mansion’s location around 6 miles (10 kilometers) outside the Historic Center of Arequipa, Founder's Mansion attracts fewer crowds than some of the buildings in the Old Town. The mansion is a popular stop on Arequipa countryside tours, which nearly always include stops at the 18th-century Sabandia Mill (Molino de Sabandía) and the traditional agricultural district of Paucarpata. Opting for a guided tour means that you’ll be able to sit back and soak up the scenery of El Misti volcano rather than worrying about reading maps.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Founder's Mansion plays an important role in Arequipa’s colonial history, making it a must-visit for history buffs.
  • Visitors must purchase an admission ticket to enter the mansion.
  • Founder's Mansion is accessible on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which allows you to create your own itinerary and spend as much time as you like at each stop.

How to Get There
Founder's Mansion is a 20-minute drive from the Historic Center of Arequipa, depending on traffic. Visitors can travel to the building in a private taxi or, for maximum convenience, as part of a countryside tour.

When to Get There
Founder’s Mansion is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Like most of Arequipa’s buildings, the mansion is made of sillar rock, which makes for a cool haven from the daytime heat; consider a midday visit.

The Mighty El Misti
As you explore the countryside of Arequipa, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of El Misti, the snow-capped volcano that’s responsible for the city’s sillar (white-rock) architecture. El Misti, however, isn’t just for admiring from afar: Hiking enthusiasts can summit the mountain on a 2-day hiking tour, which allows you to climb to 19,000 feet (5,800 meters). 
Address: Arequipa 04011, Peru
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TOURISTIC TRANSPORT WITH PANORAMIC VIEW IN AREQUIPA AND SURROUNDINGS

To know the history of the city and its surroundings in a tour of distraction and culture for the tourist.On an on-board bus with a guide, you will get to know every attraction that the city has during the day or the afternoon. Visit the Yanahuara viewpoint, the Carmen Alto viewpoint, the Incalpaca factory and the small zoo of South American camelids, then the Founder's Mansion, the Sabandia mill and according to the dates, you can visit the Menelik Bull Museum. Then we come back to the main square after 4 hours tour.
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Arequipa Countryside Tour Including Sabandia Mill and Founder's Mansion

Explore the sublime surroundings of Arequipa on a half-day private tour of the lush countryside. Gain insight into the region’s agricultural history with a private guide; visit the distinct farming terraces of Paucarpata; and tour a grand colonial home belonging to the founder of Arequipa. Transportation in a comfortable and air-conditioned minivan is provided for your convenience.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Arequipa Countryside Tour Including La Mansion del Fundador -Mirabus

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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