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While planning your trip to Arequipa or anywhere in the world, it is essential to plan ahead and to know the city that you are visiting. The history of the region, the different seasons, how to get there and back and how to travel through the city should all be brushed up on before arriving. Here's everything you'll need to know about Arequipa!

Geography

Arequipa is located in the southern part of Peru and is bordered by Cusco in the north, Puno in the east abd Moquegua in the South. Arequipa is Peru's second largest city behind Lima. Many Buildings around the plaza de Armas were constructed using volcanic sillar from the surrounding volcanoes, giving Arequipa its nickname of "The White City". Earthquakes are also quite common in the region. Over the past year there have been 65 earthquakes measuring 1.5 or above on the richter scale.

Arequipa

History

Around the year 1170, a large Incan army led by Mayta Cáypac discovered a large, uninhabited valley. Taken aback by the natural beauty of the valley, Mayta Cáypac decided to have his people settle here and named it "Ari-quepay" (let's stay here). This new Inca land was then divided amongst 3,000 Inca families, who founded many towns of Arequipa sych as Cayma, Tiabaya and Yanahuara.

On August 15th 1540, the modern city of Arequipa was founded by Garcí Manuel de Carvajal, an emissary of the conqueror Francisco Pizarro. One year later, the king of Spain, Charles V declared Arequipa as a city and gave it its coat of arms that remains to his day.

On July 21st, 1821, Don José de San Martín declared Peruvian independence from the Spanish conquistadors. During the 19th century, Arequipa became known as the "Land of leaders", as a result of the courage of the Arequipeño rebels.

Weather

When is it cloudy?

Arequipa weather tends to include clouds. However, if you can plan accordingly, you should be able to get a clear view of the natural scenery. The clearest skies of the year can generally be found from April until October. August 4th is projected to be the clearest day of the year in Arequipa. For the best views of surrounding landscapes, this is the ideal time to visit!

When is it rainy?

The wet season usually lasts for 2-3 months, from January to March. During these months, there is at least a 6% chance of rain on any given day. The chance of rain peaks at 13% in early-to-mind February. One of the primary ways that this could affect your trip to Arequipa is regarding the availability of white water rafting excursions. In february, due to the rainy Arequipa weather, the earlier and later excursion times of particular operators do not run. If you'd like to read more information on rafting excursions in Arequipa, then visit the official Find Local Trips website in orden to compare safe and legitimate rafting operators. The drier season lasts 9-10 months, from March to January. Towards the end of October, some days have a 0% chance of rain.

When is it sunny?

The day length in Arequipa changes throughout the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is set to be June 21. On this day, there will be 11 hours and 9 minutes of daylight. The longest day of the year is projected to be December 21, when there will be 13 hours and 6 minutes od daylight.

Best Time

of Year to Visit

In order The best time to visit Arequipa is from early April to early December, with the first weel of September having the best weather of those months. This is when you'll experience the driest weather and the clearest skies. With that said, Arequipa's climate is generally mild and pleasant all year round, so any time of year is great time to visit!

How to Get to Arequipa

Road

Arequipa is connected to every part of the country by road but the main highway is the South Pan-American. The trip from America is 100,010km and takes approximately 12-15 hours to travel by car/bus.

Peru Hop is a hop-on hop-off bus service that travels between Lima and Cusco, stopping at main destinations such as Arequipa en route (There is also an extension all the way to La Paz with Peru Hop's sister company, Bolivia Hop). It is highly recommended to travel with Peru Hop as they offer top quality service for excellent prices.

DISCOVER

Plane

Rodríguez Ballón International Airport (AQP) is located in the city of Arequipa and it is the third busiest Peruvian Airport after Cusco and Lima respectively.

Arequipa's Airport is located in the district of Zamacola, and is approximately 8km (20-minute drive) from the city centre of Arequipa. This airport offers daily flights to Lima and Cusco. When travelling from airports to your hostel/hotel, the safest options are either taxis or official bus services such as Airport Express, which only operates in Lima.

Train

The third and least popular option with tourists is travelling by train. There's a train service that joins Arequipa with the cities of Mollendo, Juliaca, Puno and Cusco.

5 City

Facts

1. Arequipa was founded in 1540 by Garci Manuel de Carbajal

2. Due to its culture and physical beauty, Arequipa's Plaza de Armas has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Arequipa has a population of approximately 840,000 people.

4. It's nicknamed Peru's White City, due to the white volcanic rock (known as sillar) which was used in the construction of many colonial-era buildings.

5. The beautiful and ornate Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa is the largest cathedral in Peru.

Getting Around Arequipa

Car Rental

Arequipa weather tends to include clouds. However, if you can plan accordingly, you should be able to get a clear view of the natural scenery. The clearest skies of the year can generally be found from April until October. August 4th is projected to be the clearest day of the year in Arequipa. For the best views of surrounding landscapes, this is the ideal time to visit!

Taxis

Arequipa weather tends to include clouds. However, if you can plan accordingly, you should be able to get a clear view of the natural scenery. The clearest skies of the year can generally be found from April until October. August 4th is projected to be the clearest day of the year in Arequipa. For the best views of surrounding landscapes, this is the ideal time to visit!

Public Buses/Combis

Arequipa weather tends to include clouds. However, if you can plan accordingly, you should be able to get a clear view of the natural scenery. The clearest skies of the year can generally be found from April until October. August 4th is projected to be the clearest day of the year in Arequipa. For the best views of surrounding landscapes, this is the ideal time to visit!

Walking

Arequipa weather tends to include clouds. However, if you can plan accordingly, you should be able to get a clear view of the natural scenery. The clearest skies of the year can generally be found from April until October. August 4th is projected to be the clearest day of the year in Arequipa. For the best views of surrounding landscapes, this is the ideal time to visit!

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