Arequipa, known as the White City, offers a rich historic and cultural heritage as well as natural beauty and scenic landscapes. We invite you to visit Arequipa’s attractions including the Cathedral, Compañía de Jesús Church, Santa Catalina Convent, Dama de Ampato (Juanita Mummy) Museum and the Yanahuara viewpoint.
Not far from the city are also Goyeneche house, la Mansión del Fundador, Sabandía Mill, the well-known restaurants of Tiabaya and the thermal waters of Yura. And if you have a few days, you won’t want to miss Colca and Cotahuasi Canyons.
For handicrafts, Arequipa’s Main Square offers many local markets, such as El Patio del Ekeko.
The Cathedral San Francisco of Arequipa was built (then rebuilt after an earthquake) in sillar (volcanic white stone). The Cathedral has 70 columns, three doors and two arches and encompasses a large portion of Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas.
Compañía de Jesús Church
This church is a unique architectural work consisting of a complex of buildings constructed by the Jesuit order for religious and social purposes. Constructed with sillar stone, its impressive ornamentation includes images of pámpanos, grapes, grenades, flowers and birds. On the main facade is an imposing bicephalous eagle, which represented the Hapsburg dynasty. There are also high relief images of indigenous masks and an impressive Indian head decorated with feathers.
Santa Catalina Convent
This religious historic monument was founded in 1579, but not opened to the public until 1970. It is a small citadel of 20,000 sq./m. in Spaniard Sevillian-style construction, built in ashlar. In its narrow streets, you will find churches, chapels and plazas, all of which still have their original lines and colors. The Convent also has its own museum with beautiful Colonial pieces, paintings and religious objects.
Santa Teresa Museum
The Museum presents a selected exhibition of paintings, sculpture, gold work, murals, furniture, decorative arts and objects of every day life, all shown in one of the most important examples of Peruvian colonial architecture.
This 16th century home is of particular interest as it is one of the first houses to combine the French influence with Lima’s architectural expressions. The House is owned by the Banco de Crédito of Perú.
Ten kilometers from Arequipa, Sabandia is known for its 17th century colonial mill, where grains were produced for distribution in the south.
This traditional neighborhood is located 2 km away from the city's center, consisting of narrow cobblestone streets and old white volcanic stone houses with kitchen gardens and orchards. From its location, one sees a magnificent view of the city and its three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichupichu.
La Dama de Ampato "Juanita Mummy"
Juanita (also known as "The Ice Maiden") was discovered on the top of Mount Ampato near Arequipa, Peru, in 1995 by Johan Reinhard. She was 12 to 14 years old when she was sacrificed and is believed to have died about 500 years ago.
Four kilometers from Tingo, Tiabaya is a beautiful country-style area, characterized by its restaurants called "Picanterías," where the best local dishes are available.
Yura, located 30 km. from downtown Arequipa, is a small valley, known for the curative properties of its hot springs.
La Mansión del Fundador
Built on the border of the Socabaya River, this residence belonged to several proprietors throughout the years. Originally the property of the founder of Arequipa, it belonged to the Jesuits in the 16th century who built many enclosures, terraces and chapels. In 1785, it was acquired by Don Juan Crisóstomo de Goyoneche y Aguerreverre, who converted it into the residence it is today. The building has a main entrance with a dramatic vestibule with vaulted ceiling. There is also a Mirador with panoramic views and a beautiful, intimate chapel.
Five hours from Arequipa in the province of Cailloma, Colca Canyon is 3,200 meters deep. The Colca Valley, comprised of 13 Andean villages, was formerly inhabited by the Collagua and the Cabana peoples. Today, its inhabitants maintain their ancestral traditions and still use the pre-Inca stepped terraces for farming. The majestic flight of the condor can be seen from here, and it's an ideal place for adventure sports.
At 3,535 meters deep, this is the world's deepest canyon. In the district of La Union, it is located 12 hours from Arequipa. Cotahuasi (meaning 'House of the Depths' in Quechua) has many great attractions, including the waterfalls of Sipia (with a 150-meter drop), the stepped terraces of Waynacotas and the flora of Ayahuasi and Cahuana.