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Historic Centre of Arequipa Tours

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Historic Centre of Arequipa
Arequipa is known as La Ciudad Blanca (The White City) for the white buildings in its historic center made from a porous, volcanic stone known as sillar. Easily explored on foot, must-see landmarks include the neoclassical Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa and Monastery of St. Catherine (Monasterio de Santa Catalina).

The Basics
Options for exploring the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, range from afternoon walking tours to packages that combine the Historic Center of Arequipa with a stop at famous Colca Canyon (Cañon del Colca). Walking tours offer a closer look at the charming details that are easy to miss when traveling by coach or car, while panoramic bus tours allow time-pressed travelers to tick off more sights in less time.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Historic Center of Arequipa is a must-visit for history buffs and photographers.
  • Wear comfortable shoes if you plan to explore the Old Town on foot.
  • Express tours cover the area in a few hours, but you can easily spend a whole day exploring the UNESCO-listed Old Town.

How to Get There
From Lima or Cusco, travelers can take either a domestic flight or overnight bus to reach the city of Arequipa. If you’re crossing the border from Bolivia, Arequipa is located at the end of a highway that connects the floating villages of Puno with Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world.

When to Get There
The best time to explore the Historic Center of Arequipa is early in the morning, before the crowds descend upon the area. Most historic buildings are open from around 8am until 5pm, though their exteriors can be admired at any time of day. During the evening, the main square comes to life with lights and street vendors.

Adrenaline-Fueled Activities in Arequipa
Once you’ve had your fill of history and culture, satisfy an appetite for adventure at Colca Canyon, located around an hour from the Historic Center of Arequipa. Here, you can take part in activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, or white-water rafting, for which the area is famous.
Address: Arequipa, Peru
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2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

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Come and enjoy an impressive 2 day trek through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Our guide will show you all the beauties of the valley such as huge birds, beautiful alpacas and vicuñas and more than 79 different types of cactus. Our tour starts very early to be able to arrive on time at the Condor's Cross and watch the condors flying over our heads and follow our route to Cabanaconde from where our adventure begins. Do not miss it and book now. It will be an unforgettable experience!
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$64.00
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US$64.00
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Salinas y Aguada Blanca Full Day Reserve

Salinas y Aguada Blanca Full Day Reserve

The tour will begin at 6:30 AM. We will know the wonderful lagoon, which is located, on a salt surface that uses the salt part, where you will find the famous salt lagoon. All the way offers a spectacular view of the Andean panorama, which makes this trip very interesting for travelers looking to get the best images of the landscape of the variety of animal lagoon, especially Andean and migratory birds, the trip includes a pleasant walk from side to side of the lagoon and you will see the cultures of the small cities dedicated to pre-Inca work terraces located near the Chiguata River. You will visit the beautiful reserve of Salinas, diversity of South American camelids, Andean and migratory birds such as Flamingos, Parihuanas and others. You can also know these salt surfaces in this part of the city where they extract this product and then be consumed, this landscape is certainly spectacular.Lojen is also visited. Ends 4:30 p.m.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
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US$45.00

City tour & Countryside Tour Bus

City tour & Countryside Tour Bus

The City & Countryside Tour is an experience to explore the buildings, places and the characteristic landscape of the City of Arequipa from a panoramic bus. Which moves around the city making specific stops to see squares, viewpoints and to admire the landscape route of "La Campiña", under the assistance of a professional guide during the tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$25.00
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US$25.00

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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$66.67
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US$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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$47.30
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US$47.30
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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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US$54.40
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US$54.40
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2 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

2 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

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Come and enjoy an impressive 2 day trek through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Our guide will show you all the beauties of the valley such as huge birds, beautiful alpacas and vicuñas and more than 79 different types of cactus. Our tour starts very early to be able to arrive on time at the Condor's Cross and watch the condors flying over our heads and follow our route to Cabanaconde from where our adventure begins. The second day after the Hot Springs we take you by bus straight to Puno and drop you off in your hotel if it's in the center of the city. Do not miss it and book now. It will be an unforgettable experience!
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$112.83
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US$112.83
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City Tour in Arequipa

City Tour in Arequipa

See Arequipa through a local lens on this Arequipa sightseeing tour. Along with a guide, head to top sites such as the Cathedral of Arequipa, Monastery of Santa Catalina, and Museum of Andean Sanctuaries. Not only is this tour a great introduction to the city for first-time visitors, but it's also a chance to chat with a local guide about everyday life in the beautiful colonial city.
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  • 6 hours
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US$75.00
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US$75.00

Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest of Imata (exclusive)

Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest of Imata (exclusive)

Escape the city and get off the beaten path on a tour that reveals two of Peru’s lesser-known—but no less spectacular—natural attractions on a day trip from Arequipa. Designed for visitors who have already explored the Historic Centre of Arequipa, this tour takes you to Pillones Falls and the Stone Forest of Imata, geological wonders formed thousands of years ago.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$112.00
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US$112.00

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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US$39.00
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US$39.00

Arequipa and Colca Canyon 02 Days - 01 Night

Arequipa and Colca Canyon 02 Days - 01 Night

Let your spirit soar like the Andean condor on this full-day exploration of Colca Canyon. Stop by the ‘Condor’s Cross,’ near one of the canyon’s deepest points, to watch these majestic birds as they appear to float on the wind.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$77.00
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US$77.00

Half day City Tour and visit Santa Catalina Monastery - Arequipa, Peru

Half day City Tour and visit Santa Catalina Monastery - Arequipa, Peru

Come and enjoy this tour with us by bus. We will visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, the Plaza de Armas, the Jesuit Church of the Company, La Casona de Tristán del Pozo and the viewpoints of the districts of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara, from where we will have an impressive view of the White City of Arequipa.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$54.36
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US$54.36
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Walking Tour Arequipa Including Santa Catalina Monastery

Walking Tour Arequipa Including Santa Catalina Monastery

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Get in touch with Peru’s colonial heritage during this 3-hour guided walking tour of Arequipa. Stroll the streets of the country’s second-biggest city, admiring the unique ashlar-clad (white volcanic rock) buildings of its UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center. As you wander you’ll tour the oldest neighborhood in the city, see Arequipa’s first church, play around with some llamas and alpacas and sample some potatoes, one of Peru’s most typical snacks. A guide, hotel pickup and food tasting are all included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$48.00
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US$48.00
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Loncco Full Day Route Tour

Loncco Full Day Route Tour

The route to the ‘Loncco Arequipeño Route’ which covers the districts of Sabandía, Characato, Mollebaya, Quequeña, Yarabamba and Pocsi, is a new tourist alternative in the Arequipa region because it has natural landscapes and varied architectures of its churches.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
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US$150.00

Arequipa: City Tour - Santa Catalina Monastery and Yanahuara

Arequipa: City Tour - Santa Catalina Monastery and Yanahuara

The Tour of the Santa Catalina Monastery is an experience to tour the so-called "City within the City", since the distinctive features of this place is its isolation from the city despite being in the center of it, also having an art gallery and colorful streets inside. With the passage of time, the Monastery of Santa Catalina has forged a history rich in religious, artistic and cultural details since colonial times
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$64.00
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US$64.00

Arequipa City Tour

Arequipa City Tour

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Enjoy the experience of knowing and touring the most beautiful city in Peru, travel the streets full of mysteries. Learn from its history and be part of this unique experience.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$194.88
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US$194.88

3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa

3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa

Come and learn the history of Peru and Arequipa through its food and drinks. You get all this for a very affordable price, that includes 7 different plates, 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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US$71.80
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US$71.80

Arequipa City Tour - Private Service

Arequipa City Tour - Private Service

Visit the colonial part of Arequipa, churches, view points. Minimum: 02 people
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  • 4 hours
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US$83.08
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US$83.08

City Tour, Santa Catalina in Arequipa + Lunch

City Tour, Santa Catalina in Arequipa + Lunch

Enjoy with family and friends our beautiful white city, Arequipa. Tour the amazing Monastery of Santa Catalina, a place full of culture and history. The intrusive cells, the small streets, cloisters full of colorful flowers and the walls painted in fresh dyes. We will visit the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in Peru, the Jesuit Church of the Company, which on its beautiful facade announces the so-called mestizo architecture, its cloisters and dome. You will also visit other charming places like Casona Tristan del Pozo, Plaza San Francisco that surround the cataloged as Rome of America. Arequipa, white city known in part for its architecture of Sillar, white volcanic stone. Do not miss the history of Arequipa without visiting the main architecture of the historic center of the city.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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US$80.00

4 days tour to Arequipa and Colca Canyon

4 days tour to Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Explore Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, during an awe-inspiring four-day tour. Visit its colonial-style downtown, admire its beautiful churches and catch a glimpse of the pampas outside the city, enjoying the spectacular scenery. Let the graceful flight of the condor entertain you in the Colca Valley and admire the native camelids of the Andes. Join this interesting tour and catch sight of the beautiful nature and interesting Peruvian culture.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$469.32
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US$469.32
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Capua Waterfall

Capua Waterfall

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The Capua Waterfall is a trekking experience to get to know one of Arequipa's waterfalls, enjoy the town and church of Yura and the Thermal Baths (optional)
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
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US$75.00

Private Walking Tour Arequipa

Private Walking Tour Arequipa

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This Walking Tour in Arequipa is an entertaining walk that takes place in the most beautiful city of Peru. On this tour you will learn about pre- inca and colonial history, San Agustin University, Tambo el Matadero, El Solar Neighborhood, Alpaca World, Yanahuara district, Volcanoes, etc. Come with us and enjoy the white city!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$25.65
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US$25.65

Walking Tour Arequipa

Walking Tour Arequipa

The Walking City Tour, or pedestrian tour, is an experience to explore the emblematic places of the city of Arequipa on foot. Given the opportunity to know the origins of the so-called "White City" through the historical, artistic and cultural richness of its buildings
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$36.00
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US$36.00

Arequipa Historical Downtown Tour

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Arequipa Historical Downtown Tour

This walking tour in the downtown of Arequipa will help us to understand about the people and history. You get to enjoy more of the city with the anecdotes, legends and traditions you'll know about.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$17.60
US$22.00
US$4.40 savings
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