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10 THINGS TO DO IN AREQUIPA

10 THINGS TO DO IN AREQUIPA, THE WHITE CITY: The second most beautiful town of Peru is UNESCO World Heritage, with beautifully restored colonial old town: A MUST SEE!

10 Things to do in Arequipa

The white city, this second most industrialized and third most populous city (861,145 inhabitants) is called for being constructed with sillar, a light grey volcanic stone, that looks almost white in the sun. Sillar is hewn from quarries on the slopes of the Misti volcano, that together with the Chachani and PichuPichu Volcanoes tower over the city.

 

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Destinations Overview:  World Heritage Site LimaWorld Heritage Site Cusco, Amazon park Manu National Park World Heritage Site Valle Sagrado/Sacred Valley, World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Cloud Forest Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Highland wetland Titicaca National Reserve, Uros floating islands, Altiplano wildlife park Salinas & Aguadas Blancas National Reserve, World's second deepest canyon Colca Canyon, Word heritage site Arequipa, World heritage site Nazca Lines, Pampas Galeras National Reserve, San Fernando National Reserve, Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands National Reserve.

 

Founded on August 15, 1540 and granted city rights by King Charles V, Arequipa became an important economical city during the colonial era, while its political importance rose during independence, as the center of uprising against the Spanish crown, and from 1835 - 1883 it was declared capital of Peru.

 

Culturally, Arequipa became internationally famous, when its splendid historical center of was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city increasingly became renowned as a fantastic tourist destination. Together with Cusco, Puno-Titicaca and Nazca, the city was incorporated in the "Southern Peru Tourist Corridor".

 

The beautifully restored old town Arequipa is concentrated in about 5 blocks around the Plaza de las Armas and most colonial churches and mansions can be visited on foot on short walks, usually in relatively mild temperatures, as the city is lies at an elevation of about 2,250. A few monuments will require you to take a taxi. Walking in the center is considered safe, also in nighttime, when many buildings are beautifully lit. While some buildings are in use as banks, restaurants or government buildings, the city gives a feel of being a modern present-day city while at the same time a fantastic historical open-air museum. 

 

The Museo Santuarios Andinos Museum, just a few blocks for the Plaza de las Armas, is home to the "Dama de Ampato" aka  Juanita, a well-preserved frozen sacrificed Inca 11-15 year old girl, as well as a collection of pre-colonial artifacts.

 

For those spending a bit more time In Arequipa, it is well worth visiting the Molino de Sabandiá, Arequipa, at about half an hour distance by taxi, in the countryside.

 

Built on the shores of the Chili River, bridges were essential to Arequipa, with the oldest being the Puente Bolognesi Brigde, built in the early 1,600s. Much more recent, but monumentally no less important is the Puente Fierro Bridge an iron bridge designed by Eiffel; both are still in use.

Arequipa Climate

Arequipa lies at an elevation of around 2300 m, but at the coastal flanks of the Andes. As a result, the temperatures are lower than for instance at Machu Picchu, which lies at about the same elevation and the rainfall is considerably lower, while the dry season lasts much longer.

Data on the Climate of Arequipa

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °C (°F)

21.5
(70.7)

21.0
(69.8)

21.4
(70.5)

21.7
(71.1)

21.8
(71.2)

21.3
(70.3)

21.4
(70.5)

21.9
(71.4)

22.3
(72.1)

22.6
(72.7)

22.5
(72.5)

22.1
(71.8)

21.8
(71.2)

Average low °C (°F)

8.6
(47.5)

8.8
(47.8)

8.5
(47.3)

6.9
(44.4)

6.3
(43.3)

5.5
(41.9)

5.5
(41.9)

5.5
(41.9)

6.4
(43.5)

6.6
(43.9)

6.6
(43.9)

7.7
(45.9)

6.9
(44.4)

Rainfall mm (inches)

28.0
(1.102)

35.6
(1.402)

21.3
(0.839)

0.7
(0.028)

0.2
(0.008)

0.0
(0)

0.0
(0)

1.8
(0.071)

1.4
(0.055)

0.2
(0.008)

1.1
(0.043)

4.3
(0.169)

94.6
(3.724)

Source: World Meteorological Organization

 

Arequipa Peru: Plaza de las Armas with Cathedral.

Arequipa Peru: Plaza de las Armas with Compaņia de Jesus church in the diagonal.

Arequipa Plaza de las Armas with facade of the Cathedral.

Arequipa Plaza de las Armas from the Cathedral.

   

Arequipa Peru: Cathedral faįade.

Arequipa Peru: Cathedral from the side.

Arequipa Peru: Cathedral church bells.

Arequipa Peru: Cathedral interior.

Arequipa Peru: Cathedral organ.

Arequipa Peru: Cathedral pulpit.

The cathedral of Arequipa has been rebuilt after a major earthquake and actually is rather modern on the inside, but nevertheless an impressive building with and impressive view over the city and the Plaza de las Armas from its roof-top.

   

Arequipa Peru: old town center.

Arequipa Peru: street in old town.

Arequipa Peru: restored house down town Arequipa.

Arequipa Peru: Typical old town street.

Arequipa Peru: Typical old town house faįade.

Typical upper-class houses of early twentieth century.

Bottom: Courtyards of colonial mansions, some of which have been remodeled to serve as commercial or government offices, like the one on the bottom right.

Arequipa Peru: Courtyard of a wealthy Arequipa mansion.

Arequipa Peru: Courtyard of Arequipa mansion.

Courtyard of a wealthy Arequipa mansion. Some have been turned into banks, stores, restaurants and departments.

   

Arequipa Peru: Compaņia de Jesus Church of the Jesuits, no doubt is the most beautiful church of Peru.

Arequipa Peru: Compaņia de Jesus Church side view.

Arequipa Peru: Compaņia de Jesus Church altar.

Arequipa Peru: Compaņia de Jesus Church midship.

Arequipa Peru: Compaņia de Jesus Church pulpit.

Arequipa Peru: Compaņia de Jesus Church pulpit.

The Compaņia de Jesus Church of the Jesuits, no doubt is the most beautiful church of Peru, just like its sister church, the Compaņia de Jesus Church in Quito.

   

Arequipa Peru: San Agustin Church, Arequipa.

Arequipa Peru: La Merced Church, Arequipa.

San Agustin Church, Arequipa.

La Merced Church, Arequipa.

   

Arequipa Peru: San Fransisco Church, Arequipa.

Arequipa Peru: San Juna de Yanahuara Church, Arequipa.

San Fransisco Church, Arequipa.

San Juna de Yanahuara Church, Arequipa.

   

Convento de Santa Catalina is the most visited building from the Spanish era of the city. Described as a city within a city, this beautiful place with its colors, flowers and little streets will make you feel like you have traveled back in time. Quite close to the Plaza de Armas.

Arequipa Peru: Santa Catalina Convent entrance, Arequipa.

Arequipa Peru: Santa Catalina Convent court yard, Arequipa.

Santa Catalina Convent entrance, Arequipa.

Santa Catalina Convent court yard, Arequipa.

   

Arequipa Peru: Santa Catalina Convent kitchen, Arequipa.

Arequipa Peru: Santa Catalina Convent gallery, Arequipa.

Santa Catalina Convent kitchen, Arequipa.

Santa Catalina Convent gallery, Arequipa.

   

Arequipa Peru: Construction of the Bolognesi Bridge, Arequipa, started in 1577 and finished by 1608.

Construction of the Bolognesi Bridge, Arequipa, started in 1577 and finished by 1608. Later it has been widened to facilitate modern traffic and pedestrian walkways. It is the oldest major colonial bridge in Latin America, built across the Chili River, being yet another Thing to do in Areguipa.

   

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