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Things To Do In Arequipa

Located in the heart of the Andes mountain range and surrounded by volcanic peaks, Arequipa is home to many incredible excursions and tours. From white water rafting down the Rio Chili, to the Colca Canyon. There is a huge range of things to do in Arequipa!

Top things to do in Arequipa

Visit the impressive Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is the world’s second-deepest canyon located only 3 hours from the city. At an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level, it features as one of the most extraordinary landscapes you will see in Peru. Here you can do many activities, for instance enjoying the flight of the condor, taking a relaxing bath in its hot springs and also discover the fascinating Pre-Inca terraces that you will see in the surroundings.


Walk through the Ruta del Sillar

Ashlar (Sillar) is a white volcanic rock found in the outskirts of the city. During the colonial era, the white sillar was a principal element used in the beautiful constructions within Arequipa, giving the city the nickname of the “White City”. To dive deep into the history and learn more about the sillar you’ll have to visit the quarries which are present in the Ruta del Sillar. It’s the perfect half-day trip to a unique location.


Enjoy a white water rafting adventure

For extreme sports enthusiasts, you can't leave Arequipa without doing this thrilling activity on the outskirts of the city. The Chili River provides tourists and sports enthusiasts with the white water to experience rafting in an unforgettable way.


Walk inside the beautiful Santa Catalina Monastery

The Santa Catalina Monastery is a faithful representation of colonial life in Arequipa. Whether on a guided tour or exploring the area on your own, you can appreciate its beautiful architecture, much of which is made with volcanic sillar, as well as treasures of gold, silver, and precious stones.


Discover Arequipa’s history through museums

The best way to understand Arequipa’s history and culture. From the famous Incan to the magnificence of its original and creative modern works, the country has told much of its story through art and gathered one of the most valuable collections in Latin America.

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Go to one of the many volcanoes

Arequipa is home to a range of volcanoes, each with unique beauty. Make sure to make some time to visit, or at least view, one of these natural wonders!

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Visit the Yanahuara Viewpoint

If you want to enjoy a spectacular view of the city you can’t miss visiting Yanahuara’s Viewpoint . It’s located just 10 minutes away from the Plaza de Armas, in the district of the same name.

Yanahuara will offer you amazing views of Arequipa with the city at the foot of its three most representative volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu. In addition, another of the attractions of this place are its characteristic white sillar arches, in which you can read phrases written by famous people from Peru.