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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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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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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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Afternoon: Arequipa Panoramic bus with entrancesDay Trips

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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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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The Peruvian Expedition

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Skip the hassle of organizing transportation, tours, accommodation, and meals separately. This inclusive 20-day expedition takes care of all the logistics needed to plan a comprehensive tour of Peru, from Lima to Arequipa, Puno, Cusco, Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu, and more.
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Capua WaterfallNature & Wildlife

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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AREQUIPA CITY PRIVATE FULL DAY TOURCultural Tours

AREQUIPA CITY PRIVATE FULL DAY TOUR

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 TOURCultural Tours

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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3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of ArequipaCultural Tours

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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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 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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City Tour of ArequipaBus & Minivan Tours

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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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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City Tour in ArequipaCultural Tours

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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5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa / 3-hour guided food tourDining Experiences

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

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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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UNFORGETTABLE AREQUIPACultural Tours

UNFORGETTABLE AREQUIPA

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A tour where combines adventure, history and visits to great attractions of the city of Arequipa.
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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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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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15-Day Tour of Peru Family TravelMulti-day Tours

15-Day Tour of Peru Family Travel

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Your 15-day tour of Peru will take you to Lima, Paracas, Nasca, Arequipa, Puno, Cusco and Machu Picchu. It's a small group of 10 to 12 people and you'll travel by bus, boat, train and take a plane back to Lima on your way back home. Your tour includes accommodation and a professional guide.
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Honeymoon trip in PeruMulti-day Tours

Honeymoon trip in Peru

Tierras de los Andes is a tour operator with more than 20 years of experience in customer service, offering trips to discover Peru and South America, with high quality services that seek to meet the expectations of our visitors.
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15-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Titicaca, Colca, Peruvian DessertMulti-day Tours

15-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Titicaca, Colca, Peruvian Dessert

Go on this semi-private Peruvian adventure to the Incan Empire and to different sites in Peru. Visit Cusco City "The Capital of the Incas", The Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu, the great Lake Titicaca with its floating Uros & Taquile islands, one of the deepest canyons in the worlds - Colca Canyon which is the home of the majestic bird - the Condor, the "White City of Arequipa", the lush oasis of Huacachina, the mysterious Nazca Lines and the diamond of the sea "The Ballestas Islands". While in Cusco you will participate in our Color your Journey Experience in order for you to get a more cultural experience in Cusco. While traveling with your tour guide, you will learn all about the Incan and Peruvian Culture, how it was in the past but also today.
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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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11-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titcaca and Colca CanyonMulti-day Tours

11-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titcaca and Colca Canyon

Experience some of the best destinations of Peru in this 11-day long tour package. Visit the Incan Empire where you and your tour guide will go through a journey to the Capital of the Incas - Cusco where you will visit its most popular archaeological sites in the city and in the Sacred Valley as well as the most spectacular sites created by the nature of Peru and the temple of the Sun "Qorikancha in Cusco". The journey will take you to the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu which is one of the 7 wonder of the world. From Cusco you will travel to the biggest, deepest and highest lake in the world - Lake Titicaca where you will visit its Uros and Taquile floating Islands and see how the native people lives. From Lake Titicaca you will visit one of the deepest canyons in the world - Colca Canyon which is also the home to the majestic bird - The Condor. At last you will visit "The White City" Arequipa and the beautiful Monastery of Santa Catalina.
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