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Plaza de Armas Tours

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Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas—with its palm trees, fountains, and symmetrical landscaped gardens—forms the cultural and social heart of the historic center of Arequipa. On the edge of the square is the twin-towered Basilica Catedral de Arequipa, one of the volcanic-stone structures that give Arequipa its nickname: La Ciudad Blanca (The White City). 

The Basics 
Plaza de Armas serves as a starting point for most Arequipa sightseeing tours, which typically cover the highlights of the historic center of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Time-pressed travelers can visit Plaza de Armas as part of an express walking tour, which gives an overview of Arequipa’s colonial history, or during a panoramic bus tour, during which visitors stop at vista points in the districts of Yanahuara and Carmen. Some tours also take you inside the Monastery of St. Catherine (Monasterio de Santa Catalina), which was closed to the public for 400 years.  

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • The Plaza de Armas is a great place to wander, relax, and people watch. 
  • Plaza de Armas is the only square in Peru to have a cathedral that stretches its entire length. 
  • There are lots of Peruvian cafés and restaurants beneath the arches surrounding the square. 

How to Get There
The historic center of Arequipa covers a relatively small area that lends itself well to walking, and the Plaza de Armas is its center. If you’d rather explore with a guide to avoid getting lost among the city’s mazelike streets, opt for a walking tour that’s designed with first-time visitors in mind. 

When to Get There
Day or night, Plaza de Armas is the center of activity in Arequipa. If you want to avoid the crowds, head to the square as early as possible. Alternatively, if you want to experience the square at its most vibrant, arrive just after sunset to admire the cathedral and fountains when they’re illuminated. 

Rooftop Cocktails at Plaza de Armas 
If you’re looking to relax, chill out at one of the cafés or rooftop bars surrounding the square with a coca tea or Pisco Sour cocktail. These rooftop venues are also great for photographers who want a variety of shots, and the mountains behind the provincial buildings make for an interesting contrast.
Address: Arequipa, Peru
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Golden hour, legends of Arequipa and Peruvian Coffee

Golden hour, legends of Arequipa and Peruvian Coffee

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This is a tour full of history in Arequipa and legends that I will tell you as we induce ourselves into the small streets, squares, wrought iron windows and traditional mansions carved in white volcanic stone (sillar). We will stop briefly to take strength in a local coffee shop with an Peruvian organic coffee espresso and Andean tasting chocolates to go to Quinta Salas or "Castillo del Diablo" through its narrow streets until we reach the edge of the Chili River to meet the Barrio del Solar and the Tambo Matadero. Both places were built in the seventeenth century entirely of white ashlar, the first to house the people and the second to sacrifice the sacrifice of animals. Finally at 5:30 p.m., privileged time to take photos (golden hour), we will go to the Plaza de Armas appreciating Spanish courtyards and colonial balconies of the city. Here ends our journey through time in old Arequipa.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.90
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US$35.90

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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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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US$63.00
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US$63.00
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Bus City Tour Arequipa - Guided visit by bus

Bus City Tour Arequipa - Guided visit by bus

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Arequipa, Peru's ‘White City’, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site well worth the visit. See all its top spots while riding in comfort onboard a panoramic bus driven and narrated by a bilingual guide (English & Spanish). Start in Plaza de Armas then take in the scenery offered by a series of viewpoints before making several stops to experience this ancient city on foot and learn some of its long and fascinating history.
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  • 4 hours
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US$40.00
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US$40.00

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

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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Curious Monkey- Arequipa Market and Streets, Walking Food Tour

Curious Monkey- Arequipa Market and Streets, Walking Food Tour

Join us in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Arequipa, otherwise known as the White City. Framed by three mystical volcanoes and well known for its unique culinary heritage, it is a picturesque setting for our newest tour. We will meet you near the Plaza de Armas and make our way to a local Market for some tasty stops. This is where the action and the true tastes of Arequipa can be found. Then we’ll head out into the side streets around the market to explore more local treats. Tastings may include fruit juice, tamales, potatoes, local fruits and of course, some monkey business!
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  • 2 to 15 minutes
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US$56.42
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US$56.42

Sillar Route and Center historic in Arequipa

Sillar Route and Center historic in Arequipa

This tour is unique because you can get to know the center of the city, you will be informed of its creation, the guide will give details of its foundation and how is the beginning of the city in relation to the ashlar, this stone originating from volcanic tufo. After that we will have an excursion to the same quarries where they extract by hand and there are some carvings so they can have the photos of the memory. After that we will visit the shingles canyon, of pink ashlar, virgin ashlar cannon where many good photos can also be taken. The duration is 4 hours and you can really know the importance of Sillar in Arequipa and how it has marked the history of the city of Arequipa.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$15.39
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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

Classic Arequipa

Classic Arequipa

In this tour, we will visit the most attractive points of the white city of Arequipa, such as the Santa Catalina convent, Colca Canyon and Cruz del Condor. A classic!
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$328.21
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CITY TOUR AREQUIPA 1/2 day

CITY TOUR AREQUIPA 1/2 day

The service is provided by a panoramic bus and where we can visit the attractions in the City of Arequipa. Known as »White City of Arequipa, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; permanently accompanied by a bilingual guide on board (English, Spanish), with mandatory stops and guided tours of the most attractive places in the city of Arequipa. Our services are provided every day of the year in double hours, in comfortable fully equipped units.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$49.24
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US$49.24
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Private Full Day: Majes, Toro Muerto and Dinosaur Footprints. From Arequipa

Private Full Day: Majes, Toro Muerto and Dinosaur Footprints. From Arequipa

This 1-day excursion offers you the possibility to discover the coastal desert and the Majes valley. Visiting its main attractions, particularly the Toro Muerto petroglyphs and the Querullpa Dinosaur tracks. This tour is particularly interesting for people who have not had the opportunity to know the desert of the Peruvian coast and much of the pre-Inca culture that passed through Arequipa.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$120.00
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Arequipa - Cotahuasi Canyon 4D / 3N

Arequipa - Cotahuasi Canyon 4D / 3N

Do not miss this wonderful place of cotahuasi. the deepest canyon of the narrowest of all Peru, the Sipia Waterfall, with a fall of 150 meters managing to appreciate its three levels of water and its spectacular rainbow. luicho thermal baths where hot water emanates from the subsoil, cotahuasi is a town with a great variety of wild birds, with a Queñuales forest that has a lot of vegetation of flora and fauna, a Jewry Pampa cacti forest, “Cactus” of up to 13 meters high  with two large chaquicocha lagoons where we can appreciate a great variety of wild birds and the lagoon itself, pallarcocha from where you can see the Nevado de Coropuna with an altitude of 6,425 m.a.s.l.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$262.00
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US$262.00

Monastery of Santa Catalina, Historic center and viewpoints of Arequipa.

Monastery of Santa Catalina, Historic center and viewpoints of Arequipa.

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With this tour we will be able to know both the history of Arequipa from its beginnings, the constructions of the Historic center of Arequipa, Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the surrounding viewpoints as well as one of the most representative centers such as the Monastery of Santa Catalina, come and know this tour on foot walking and enjoying the city as well as by car to get to know the closest viewpoints of the city with beautiful landscapes and beautiful archeology stories. This tour is offered privately and is guided on board in your preferred language so you have a full day knowing a lot about the history of Arequipa.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.21
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US$128.21

Arequipa and Secret Bars

Arequipa and Secret Bars

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During this pedestrian circuit we will have the opportunity to explore Arequipa in a more fun way and to get to know a little of its history through its traditional neighborhoods of narrow streets where not only mansions and churches are protected but also the best secret bars in the city. A delicious Pisco Sour hand in hand with unique anecdotes narrated by our best guides and a tour of “Mundo Alpaca” and the “Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum” will frame a perfect visit to the white city.
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  • 4 hours
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US$55.00
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US$55.00

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

City Tour in Arequipa, Santa Catalina and viewpoints

City Tour in Arequipa, Santa Catalina and viewpoints

This tour is a complete visit to the city, knowing a lot of its architecture, culture, the historic center, then you visit some incredible landscapes where you can also appreciate the beauty of the fields and green areas that Arequipa has, it ends up having a pleasant moment, besides knowing one of the important attractions of Arequipa such as the Monastery of Santa Catalina. This tour makes it special that it does not have any extra expense on your part, it includes all income and permanent assistance, complete tour of Arequipa.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
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US$75.00

Perú tour in 10 days starting upon arrival to Arequipa quiet city

Perú tour in 10 days starting upon arrival to Arequipa quiet city

if you start your trip in Arequipa (2335 m.a.s.l.) you will have the chance to have a gradual acclimatization. You will enjoy a quiet city full of architecture surrounded by mountains and villages as in Colca valley with live culture, history and landscapes full of nature.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$2,125.00
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US$2,125.00
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Arequipa Private City Tour & San Camilo Traditional Market

Arequipa Private City Tour & San Camilo Traditional Market

Tour of the historic center of Arequipa, built with local 'sillar' stone, a pale volcanic rock, affording Arequipa its glorious architecture and its appropriate nickname, 'the White City'. Visit the San Lazaro district, this neighborhood of narrow streets, narrow passages, small squares and large houses is the most representative area of the old Arequipa. Proceed then to the Compañia Church, built by the Jesuits and part of a representative monument of religious architecture of the XVII century. Continue to the local market of San Camilo, and appreciate a variety of local products. Notably, this market is considered a Monumental Heritage of Architecture representative of Public Civil architecture, whose structures were designed by the renowned French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Finally visit the convent of Santa Teresa, built in 1710, and recently opened to the public. The site has valuable pieces of religious art and fabulous frescoes.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105.00
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US$105.00
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City Tour Arequipa & Santa Catalina Monastery

City Tour Arequipa & Santa Catalina Monastery

We invite you to discover the beautiful town of Arequipa, with the SIGHTSEEING TOUR & SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY tour. Stroll through the old 'forbidden city' of Santa Catalina, meet the Jesuit church and enjoy the majestic views of the Misti volcano. Do not miss it!
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$86.53
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US$86.53
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