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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.
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2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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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Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina MonasteryHalf-day Tours

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
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City tour & Countryside Tour BusCultural Tours

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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Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest of Imata4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest of Imata

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
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Walking Tour ArequipaCultural Tours

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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Foodie Tour ArequipaDining Experiences

Foodie Tour 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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2 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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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Afternoon: Arequipa Panoramic bus with entrancesDay Trips

Afternoon: Arequipa Panoramic bus with entrances

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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21 Day Highlights PeruAir Tours

21 Day Highlights Peru

Enjoy Peru’s unique natural and cultural heritage in a journey of discovery along the main highlights of the country. These are some of this tour’s highlights: Highlights- Historical city: visit all the ‘must-sees’ of Lima- Colca Canyon: spot condors in the Colca Canyon- Communities: explore Lake Titicaca’s stunning landscapes and traditional communities- Peru’s crown jewel: wander in Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas before your visit to the beautiful citadel of Machu Picchu- History: with over 5,000 years of history in Peru, the Inca Empire is just the tip of the iceberg! Discover the pre-Inca archaeological treasures lying in the desert and its coastal valleys.- Cloud forest: discover the flora and fauna of the relatively unexplored cloud forest region. - Unusual Inca sites: visit Moray, one of the most unusual Inca sites consisting of circular terraces built upon a natural depression.
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Walking Tour Arequipa Including Santa Catalina MonasteryWalking Tours

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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Arequipa Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mointain 6 days and 5 nightsCultural Tours

Arequipa Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mointain 6 days and 5 nights

This 6-day package is ideal for travelers who want to save on their budget and have everything set aside to visit Peru and mainly know the Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu.You can venture to visit the white city of Arequipa and, after a trip by car and on foot, get to know the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.Enjoy this service full of magic and splendor, getting to know a Wonder of the World and crowning the visit with the excursion to the Rainbow Mountain (or Mountain Siete Colores).A trip that will keep a good memory in your memory !!
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Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Titicaca 4 days and 3 nightsCultural Tours

Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Titicaca 4 days and 3 nights

Arequipa, a wonderful city that deserves to be known and visited by lovers of good tourism.A connection to the Colca Canyon, besides knowing the floating islands in Puno.
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Arequipa and Colca Canyon: 4 days tourCultural Tours

Arequipa and Colca Canyon: 4 days tour

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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Half day City Tour and visit Santa Catalina Monastery - Arequipa, PeruBus & Minivan Tours

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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Full Day Arequipa Colca Cañon TourFull-day Tours

Full Day Arequipa Colca Cañon Tour

With spectacular mountain scenery and native Andean condors soaring through the skies, the Colca Canyon is regarded among the finest trekking sites in Peru. On this full-day tour, explore one of the world´s deepest canyons with entry fees included and a guide to lead the way, and pass traditional towns including Yanque and Maca. Along your route, soak up beautiful views over the rugged mountain terrain.
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Arequipa: City Tour - Santa Catalina Monastery and YanahuaraCultural Tours

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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18-Day Best of Peru Semi Private Tour

Visit all the best Peru can offer in one big round trip through 18 unforgettable days! beginning your adventure in the Amazon Rrainforest you will experience all its colorful nature, vegetation and animals in 3 days. Thereafter the Incan Empire awaits where Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu will amaze you with its Incan culture and architecture. After enjoying the culture of the Incan Empire you will visit the rest of the Peruvian wonders, the amazing culture of Lake Titicaca, the beautiful Colca Canyon, the White City of Arequipa, the lush Oasis of Huacachina, the mysterious Nazca Lines, the diamond of the sea - the Ballestas Islands and the capital of Peru - Lima.
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Arequipa and Colca Luxury 4 days and 3 nightsNature & Wildlife

Arequipa and Colca Luxury 4 days and 3 nights

Enjoy the beauty of the "White City" the first day.Then we move to the Colca Valley for 2 nights for maximum relaxation.Enjoy the beautiful landscapes that surround the Colca Canyon, considered "The deepest in the world."We can also appreciate the flight of the majestic Andean condor.
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  • 4 days
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Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Vinicunca 8 days and 7 nightsCultural Tours

Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Vinicunca 8 days and 7 nights

This tour is ideal for travelers who come to the city of Arequipa and would also have the intention of knowing the world of Machu Picchu.In addition to Cusco, its archaeological centers and the mountain of seven colors. Finish the service where it began in the city of Arequipa lasting a week.Ideal also for travelers arriving from Santiago de Chile with a direct flight to Arequipa and wish to plan a week of tours in Arequipa and Cusco, being amazed by our beautiful landscapes and leaving them again at the end of the tour at the airport for the return to their country.
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Know this incredible and beautiful city full of stories and legends. Let yourself be captivated by itscharms and its marvelous people. Discover the charm of its streets and its architecture.
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Arequipa City Tour - Private ServiceCultural Tours

Arequipa City Tour - Private Service

Visit the colonial part of Arequipa, churches, view points.Minimum: 02 people
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2 Day - Colca Canyon and Condor Tour from Arequipa, Peru - Group Service4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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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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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