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Day Tours Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Chivay – Cruz del Condor

Arequipa Tours: From the first inhabitants of the region have remained as testimony some samples of rock art dating back more than 8,000 years old. Within the different groups that inhabited Arequipa highlighted collaguas, a town of great weavers and owners of large herds of alpacas. Arequipa name is attached to an old legend. Reportedly, an opportunity the Inca Mayta Capac and his soldiers passed through this land and decided to camp. By giving the order to leave some of his men asked him to stay. Then the Inca responded in Quechua: “Ari quepay” which means “Yes, stay”.

The August 15, 1540, on behalf of Francisco Pizarro, Garci Manuel de Carbajal and almost a hundred Spaniards founded the city of Arequipa. Built at the foot of the Misti, the city was becoming with the passing of time in the center of the Spanish and Creole presence. During the Republic, Arequipa was the cradle of revolutionary political proposals and scene of clashes between various warlords. Great politicians of the nineteenth century as Francisco Javier de Luna Pizarro, president of the Congress on numerous occasions, and Victor Andres Belaunde, Peru’s representative to the United Nations, are just some of the illustrious figures who were born in this region – Tours Arequipa.

In the nineteenth century, Arequipa became an important export center of sheep and alpaca wool to England, settling achieving economic force in the country. Nowadays, tours Arequipa, undoubtedly it retains its economic leadership and has become the center of trade and industry in the south.


The region Arequipa presents a varied relief. It begins in the coastal desert and then climbs the Andes, reaching high in the snowy peaks like Ampato (6288 m) and Chachani (6075 meters), or volcanoes such as the Misti (5825 m). Arequipa also has two of the deepest canyons in the world: Cotahuasi Canyon and the Colca Canyon. Arequipa is semi-arid and temperate climate with an average maximum temperature of 21.7 ° C (71.0 ° F) and a minimum of 6.9 ° C (44.4 ° F). The rainy season starts in January and ends in March.


? Square of the city of Arequipa:

Surrounded by the Cathedral and various portals, the Square presents a beautiful bronze fountain of three plates crowned with the figure of a soldier of XVI century. Of this person it is called the “Tuturutu”, which the story was in charge of warning of any new event. Around the square you can see three portals made of granite and brick vaults and lime: the Portal del Cabildo (Portal of the Municipality), the Portal of Delights (Portal of San Augustine) and Glee Portal (Portal Flores). ?

Cathedral of Arequipa

Plaza de Armas. Tel: (054) 23-2635 / 40-5393. Views: L-S 7: 00-11: 30 and 17: 00-19: 30; D 7: 00-13: 00 and 17: 00-19: 00. It is considered one of the first seventeenth century religious monuments in the city. It was built in ashlar (volcanic stone) with brick vaults; It was destroyed by fire in 1844 and rebuilt in 1868 by the Arequipa architect Lucas Poblete. It is neoclassical and income to the temple is located in the aisles. It was hit hard by the earthquake of 2001, which seriously damaged its towers.

? Church and Complex of the Company of Arequipa:

Intersection of General Moran and Alvarez Thomas, Plaza de Armas of Arequipa. Visits: LD 9:00 to 11:00 and 15:00 to 18:00 This set is made up of buildings constructed by the Jesuits for religious and living purposes, is a representative monument of religious architecture of the XVII century (1660). In the middle stands the temple set. The Church of the Company was designed in 1573 by Gaspar Baez and destroyed by an earthquake in 1584. The present structure dates from 1650. It has about 66 paintings from the Cusco School from such artists as Bernardo Bitti and Diego de la Puente.

Complex and Church of San Francisco de Arequipa:

Street Zela cdra. 1 s / n. Tel: (054) 22-3048. Church: Views: L-S 7: 00-9: 00 and 17: 00-20: 00; D 7: 00-12: 00 and 17: 00-20: 00. Convento: Visits L-S 9: 00-12: 30 and 15: 00-17: 00. The complex includes the Franciscan church, the convent and a smaller temple known as the Third Order In the church include the baroque pulpit decorated with shortened relief and the frontal silver altar. Also it has joined the group a short passage called the Manguillo of San Francisco, which separated the church from what was the first girl school and later the women’s prison; today has been converted into a commercial art center and is known as “Fundo El Fierro”.

Monasterio de Santa Catalina in Arequipa:

Calle Santa Catalina 301. Visits: LD 9: 00-16: 00. Built to house the daughters of the most distinguished families in the city with a religious vocation, the monastery was inaugurated on October 2, 1580, under the patronage of Saint Catherine of Siena as a center of absolute retreat, and remained so until the August 15, 1970.

It occupies an area of ​​20 thousand square meters and its distribution is similar to that of the first neighborhoods of Arequipa. It presents very diverse rooms architecturally. One of the rooms has been converted into a gallery to display paintings from the Cusco, Quito and Arequipa. It also has other rooms or areas to visit as the Cloister of the Porter, the Pre-Columbian Museum, the Cloister of San Francisco, etc.

Franciscan convent founded in 1648, opened to the public only in 1978. It presents various styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic, due to its various reconstructions (the last one dating from 1940). It has four cloisters and eleven sectors, as well as two pre-Colombian art rooms, two rooms dedicated to the Amazon and a room of religious art. It also has an art gallery with paintings of the Cusco and Arequipa school and a valuable library that protects more than 20 thousand volumes and incunabula.

Church and Convent of Santo Domingo in Arequipa:

Intersection of Calle Santo Domingo and Rivero. Tel. (054) 21-3511. Views: L-S 7: 00-12: 00 and 15: 00-19: 30; D 5: 45-13: 00 and 18: 30-19: 45. Architecturally, they characterize this church bell tower, its atrium and impeccable corner pedestal bow below the chorus. Inside you can see pieces of canvas with imagery and sacred grounds. Likewise, it is known for its side entrance being the oldest in Arequipa. The largest cloister of the monastery was built around 1734.

Casa del Moral:

Street Moral 318, Cercado. Views: L-S 9: 00-17: 00 and holidays 9: 00-13: 00. Eighteenth century mansion, is one of the oldest and most important architectural monuments of Baroque in Arequipa. The house is named after an ancient mulberry tree that grows in its main patio. It has furniture colonial and republican. The cover in sillar is a work of art in which carefully carved figures are appreciated. For example, a crown on a shield is supported by two angels, in turn, the shield consists of a castle, a bird, a puma and two crossed keys. It also features a lounge with “antique” maps of the sixteenth century America.

Barrio de San Lazaro Arequipa:

5 blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa. This neighborhood of alleys, narrow passageways, small squares and large houses is the most representative zone of old Arequipa. In this place the Dominican priests were established in 1538, built a sanctuary to evangelize the natives of the area and prepare the land to found a new Spanish city. The small bridge that connects the Church of St. Lazarus and its square with the rest of the neighborhood.

Casa Goyeneche Arequipa:

Calle La Merced 201. Tel: (054) 21-2251. Views: L-V 9: 15-15: 00. Ashlar house mid-sixteenth century, completely designed in the Colonial style. Paintings from the Cusco School and sculptures of the Granada school of the seventeenth century are preserved. It owes its name to Don Juan de Goyeneche and Aguerreverre, who acquired it in 1782. It is currently the headquarters of the Central Reserve Bank in Arequipa.

San Agustin Church Arequipa:

Intersection of San Agustin and Bolivar. Tel: (054) 22-0066. Views: L-S 8: 00-12: 00 and 17: 00-19: 00; D 8: 00-13: 00 and 17: 00-19: 00. Built in 1575, it has a façade dating from the first half of the eighteenth century and is considered one of the best of his time. Architecturally it belongs to the baroque predominance of sillar in its construction. Inside the temple include the dome, and especially neoclassical altars, the high altar by its careful carvings and gold leaf.

Iglesia La Merced Arequipa:

The intersection of Merced and Tristan. Tel: (054) 21-3233. Views: MF 8: 00-13: 00 and 16: 00-19: 00 and S 8:00 to 12:00. Its construction began in 1551 and was completed in 1607. It has an attractive side entrance which highlights the image of the Virgin of Mercy accompanied by two saints of mercy. Inside important works of art like the “Apparition of the Virgin to San Pedro Nolasco” in the sacristy, and a series of paintings related to the Virgin of Mercy, in the chapter house is preserved. Both the church and the convent, the second constructed in the city, were built using sillar Arequipa. The cloister maintains a library dating from the colonial era.

Tristan del Pozo House:

San Francisco street 108. Tel: (054) 21-2209. Views: LV 9: 15-12: 45 and 16: 00-18: 00 and S 9: 30-12: 30. Traditional colonial house whose facade exhibits carved baroque style; besides having broad and distinctive interior courtyards. It was built in 1738 to General Domingo Tristan del Pozo. It is currently owned by Banco Continental.

Archaeological Museum of the University of St. Augustine:

Intersection of Calle Alvarez Thomas and Old Palace. Tel: (054) 28-8881. Views: L-V 8: 15-16: 15. It exhibits a varied collection that includes stone objects, skeletal remains of human sacrifices, ceramics from the Nasca, Tiahuanaco, Huari and Inca, and objects of gold and silver of the Inca and colonial times.

Museum of Archaeology at the Catholic University of Santa María de Arequipa:

Cruz Verde street 303. Tel: (054) 95-9636.Visitas: LV 9: 00-12: 00 and 14: 00-17: 00 The museum contains about 1000 objects (ceramics, textiles, mummies, stone objects, wood and metal) of different cultural groups developed in the department, since 12,000 BC until the colony: Nasca, Tiahuanaco, Wari, Churajon Acari, Aruni and Inca, along with transitional and colonial material.

Andean Sanctuaries Museum of the Catholic University of Santa María:

Calle La Merced 110, Cercado. Tel: (054) 21-5013. Views: L-S 9: 00-18: 00; D 9: 00- 15:00. Displays the Lady of Ampato, Inca mummy of a girl of 12 or 14 years, found at the top of the Ampato volcano by the climber Miguel Zarate, archaeologist Jose Chavez and the anthropologist Johan Reinhard, 8 September 1995. According to the specialists, it is very likely that the girl whose remains were found frozen dead from a blow to the head with a club granite pentagram. Apparently it would have been an offering to Apu Ampato and seniority dates back some 500 years.

Construction Selva Alegre in Arequipa tours:

Considered the “garden city” for its ample parks and immense trees that harmonize with modern houses in the area. Selva Alegre has erected a monument in honor of Juan Pablo Vizcardo and Guzmán, precursor of independence. Also noteworthy is the Molino de Santa Catalina, completely restored and located in the mall of this urbanization.

Yanahuara Arequipa Tours:

A 2 km from the center of the city of Arequipa (8 minutes by car). It was built in the nineteenth century and consists of a series of arcs of ashlar in which are recorded the words of famous Arequipa. The place has a privileged view of the city and the Misti volcano.

Sabandía people:

8 km south of the city of Arequipa (20 minutes by car). Spacious terraces and three volcanoes, Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu, provide the scenery around this traditional village. Some of the houses still retain features of the colonial pattern or Republican nineteenth century. It has built a recreation complex with two pools that use the cold waters of the springs that surround the area.

Sabandía mill:

It located in the village of Sabandía. Built in 1785, it represents the typical architecture of the region, where the use of freestone predominated. They are characterized by solid supports and rustic balconies. Also, you can see the techniques used to process wheat using stone mills.

Founder’s Mansion:

A 9 km from the city of Arequipa (15 minutes by car). Built in ashlar on the edge of a cliff, it is one of the houses or more important and traditional mansions of the region. They say, Garci Manuel de Carbajal, founder of Arequipa, had it built for his son. Later, in 1785, Don Juan Crisostomo de Goyeneche and was his Aguerreverre owner and remodeled giving the stately features that are seen today. The main entrance consists of a foyer with vaulted ceiling, followed by a wide principal patio over which the windows and doors of the rooms open.

Cayma district Arequipa:

A 3 km south of the city of Arequipa (8 minutes by car). The village of Cayma is known as the “Balcony of Arequipa” for its privileged location that allows the entire city. Its central plaza houses the church of San Miguel Archangel, built in 1730 and considered an architectural jewel because of its mixed façade. In the rectory annex house the “Comedor de Bolívar” where, by all accounts, the Liberator had lunch during their stay in the village is preserved.

Misti volcano:

20 km northeast of the city of Arequipa, you reach the volcano (1 hour by 4×4). El Misti, with its 5825 meters, is the tutelary image of the city. From the top of its summit you can see the city of Arequipa, the Chili River valley and the Chachani and Pichu Pichu.

Yura Thermal Baths:

A 27 km north of the city of Arequipa (45 minutes by bus). Thermal pools located in the foothills of Chachani volcano, 2575 meters. They are known for the therapeutic properties of its waters whose temperature fluctuates between 23 ° and 28 ° C. Between 1810 and 1831, Don Jose Nogal and Noguerol built the puddles that remain until today.

Sumbay Caves – Rock Art:

A 97 km north of the city of Arequipa by the Caylloma highway (1 hour 45 minutes by bus). Located within the boundaries of the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, home to more than 500 figures of rock art. These representations, possibly made by the first inhabitants of the area, have a length of approximately 6000 to 8000 years.


A 55 km north of the city of Arequipa (2 hours in van 4 x 4). You reach the base camp and from this point a walk of about 6 hours starts. to the summit. Considered one of the most difficult mountains to climb in Peru, this snowy reaches over 6075 meters. It is an inactive volcano, but lava is still visible and presents small precipices and moraines. To climb takes two days and one night.

Yarabamba district Arequipa Tours:

A 21 km south of the city of Arequipa (35 minutes by car). The district’s name comes from two Quechua voices: “yaro” or “yara” own bush area, and “bamba” which means “desert”. In the village you can visit the mansion of Arenas and Pinto and the colonial house of Rivera and Echevarría.

Quequeña district:

25 km southeast of the city of Arequipa (40 minutes by car). This area has been inhabited by lupacas, Aymara, Quechua, collaguas, puquinas and mid-fifteenth century by the Incas. The name of this town come from the “quequeña” puquina voice, meaning “rocky and solid place”. The main sites of interest include the Alameda de los Sauces, the Avenue of the Dead and the Quebrada de Guanaqueros; also has a newly restored church.

Chiguata district Arequipa:

30 km east of the city of Arequipa (45 minutes by car), on the slopes of the volcano Pichu Pichu. Chiguata was founded on January 22, 1540 by the encomendero Diego Hernandez. The town’s name comes from the Quechua words “chiri” meaning cold, and “wadding” meaning year (all the cold year). Among the main attractions you can visit the temple of the Holy Spirit and the archaeological sites of Tambo de Leon and Infiernillos.

Tiabaya district Arequipa:

A 10 km from the city of Arequipa (15 minutes by car). Purely agricultural valley, is believed to have been inhabited by ethnic groups of the Kuntis Cabana, the Yanahuaras and chumbivilcas. The November 8, 1870 he was awarded the title of “city” and is famous for its picanterías.

Characato district Arequipa:

A 10 km from the city of Arequipa (15 minutes by car). Town with lots of greenery and abundant water, ideal for farming. Very close to the town a spring called “Eye of the Miracle” is located. It has a beautiful colonial church. Formerly, the inhabitants of that area went to work in the nitrate south, now territory of Chile, and when the locals asked them where they were from, they answered: “Characato, sir”; hence the nickname all Arequipa called them “characatos

National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca:

A 35 km approx. northwest of the city of Arequipa (1 hour 30 minutes by bus). Its area is almost 367 000 hectares, including territory in the provinces of Arequipa and Caylloma (Arequipa region) and General Sanchez Cerro (Moquegua region) was created with the purpose of preserving important associations of flora and fauna, protecting natural environments that were in the process of destruction and deterioration and protect the vicuña through a repopulation program. The reserve is located between 2800 and 6050 m, and within it are the Misti (5825 m), Chachani (6075 meters) and Pichu Pichu (5664 m) volcanoes.

Among the most representative species of the reserve are the vizcacha, the fox, the condor and the Andean flamingo or parihuana. Scientists have determined the existence of 169 animals, 24 of which are mammals (including two domestic forms of South American camels), 138 species of birds (among which diving ducks, eagles and kestrels), 3 reptiles, 4 species 3 amphibians and fish. Salinas Lagoon is considered a privileged place to watch the flamingos at the time of migration.

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Colca Valley Arequipa:

A 151 km north of the city of Arequipa (3 hours by car). It is located in the northeastern part of the Arequipa region. The highest point is the inactive volcano Ampato (6288 meters) and the lowest the confluence of the Colca and Andamayo (970 m) rivers. The Colca Valley covers an area of ​​100 km in length and occupies only a sector of the basin of the Colca River, between the districts of Callalli and Huambo.

In this zone there are 16 towns of descendants of the ethnic groups of the Collaguas and Cabanas, inheritors of a rich cultural tradition. The towns of Chivay and Cabanaconde are the most visited by tourists. In the latter, you can watch condors soar from the viewpoint of the Cruz del Condor.

The Colca Valley is part of the South American tectonic plate and contains the active volcano called Sabancaya, located on the volcanic mountain Hualca Hualca. This valley has a great diversity of flora and fauna. Among the species most representative species are the condor, the kestrel, peregrine falcon and the Andean tinamou.

Colca Canyon Arequipa Tours:

A 42 km west from the town of Chivay (1 hour by car). It is one of the deepest in the world, reaches 3400 meters at its peak in the town of Canco. He is on the right margin of the Cordillera Chila (Bomboya, Serpregrina, Misti, Queshihua), and on the other hand are accompanying the Hualca Hualca, Ampato and Sabancaya. By far the Ubinas and beautiful Coropuna be seen.

Stone Forest Imata:

150 km northeast of Arequipa on the road to Puno (2 hours by car). Set of stone structures that have the appearance of a mysterious petrified forest. Erosion has shaped the stones, giving them a peculiar aspect. The place is easily accessible as it is located near the Arequipa – Juliaca highway.

Ampato volcano:

A 173 km north of the city of Arequipa (5 hours in van 4 x 4). At 6288 meters, it is temporarily inactive and exhibits a perpetual layer of snow above 5000 meters. On its slopes the vegetation is sparse and limited to bunch grass and thorns. At its peak, from which the depression of the Colca Canyon is sighted, he found the “Dama de Ampato”, corresponding to a girl Inca funeral bundle.


In Arequipa the embossed leather to make belts, stationery and furniture produced works; Also, in colonial times, it was very characteristic work in harness reins and saddles. These works were sent to as far away as Panama and Cuba. Ashlar, characteristic symbol of the city of Arequipa, was used in the construction of houses and temples, and decorative items. Wrought iron, meanwhile, served for the manufacture of street lamps, gates, lamps and decorative furniture.


Tours Arequipa’s cuisine is one of the most varied in Peru. Particularly highlights suck each day and other dishes like:

The shrimp soup: shrimp soup with milk, eggs and oregano.
Rocoto filling: rocoto stripped stuffed with minced meat and cheese, milk and served with potato cake.
Soltero: salad of fresh cheese, beans, onion, olives, tomato and hot pepper.
Arequipa Adobo: pork marinated with chicha concho and spices, cooked in a pot.
Ocopa: cooked potatoes, covered with a sauce of fresh cheese, beans, onion, olives and rocoto.
Escribano: potato salad, hot pepper, vinegar, oil, tomatoes and parsley.
Pebre: soup with lamb, beef, mutton chalona or jerky.
Sango: dessert made from wheat, raisins, brown sugar (sugar cane honey), milk and butter.


Carnival party in Camaná / February / March (variable) – Province of Camana, district of San Jose. The guachanacos (masked riders) through the streets of town three days before inviting people to celebrate the carnival. The main day of the festival takes place the “yunsa” or “cortamonte”. On this date you can enjoy delicious local dishes.

Feast of the Virgin of Chapi / May 1st. Province of Arequipa tours, Cayma Miraflores districts and province of Islay. Traditional pilgrimage to the Chapi Sanctuary, about 90 km from the city of Arequipa. Get used to the Virgin promising to make the pilgrimage for three consecutive years.

Anniversary of Cotahuasi / May 4. Province of La Union, Cotahuasi district. It is the most important traditional festival of the province. Bullfights, group dance competitions, and visits are promoted to different attractions of the region.

Anniversary of the city of Arequipa / August. Province of Arequipa, District of Arequipa. For holding the International Fair of Arequipa (located in the Cerro Juli), arts and crafts exhibitions in Fundo El Fierro, Festidanza Danzas- Festival and the International Ascent of Misti Competition take place. The main day, August 15, the Friendship Parade takes place.

Feast of St. Ursula / October 21. Province of Castilla, District Viraco. Very popular festival in the town. It is celebrated with the entrance of capos, yareta burning, fireworks displays, Mass and processions. Additionally, bullfights are performed with Spanish bullfighters and very traditional cockfights.