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Arequipa Info

The Arequipa department is one of the most geographically, culturally, and socially varied of Peru. Main attractions of the department are the city of Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, adventure tourism, and wildlife observation. The city of Arequipa, the second largest in the nation after Lima, is known as the white city. The name comes from the white colour of the city's buildings which are made of a white stone called sillar which comes from the volcanoes in the area. The city is overshadowed by the El Misti volcano which adds to the city's charm. It is the most developed city in Peru after Lima. The Historic centre of Arequipa was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations for it's abundance of baroque colonial churches and mansions, and the Santa Catalina Monastery, a city within a city with cobblestone roads, plazas, and patios. Arequipan cuisine is among the best in Peru and has spread throughout the country and the globe. The Colca Canyon is located 100 miles northwest of Arequipa and is double in depth as the Grand Canyon of the United States. The Cotahuasi Canyon, located nearer to the city but considered less picturesque is the deepest in the Western Hemisphere

Arequipa Tourist Information

The department of Arequipa is one of various terrains. It begins in the coastal desert and then climbs the Andes, reaching great altitude at the snow covered peaks and at its volcanoes.
Arequipa, known as the White City for its beautiful white walls of sillar, a volcanic stone, lies at the feet of the mighty volcanos of Mount Chachani, Mount Misti, and the snow covered peak of Mount Pichu Pichu. The downtown of the city, placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO, features Mixed Baroque churches and mansions from the Colonial Period like the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a Spanish city in miniature with stone streets, beautiful patios, and plazas. Sabandía, Tiabaya, and Tingo, located among the large fields, are must see places, and the irresistible Arequipa cuisine is the perfect complement to the visit.
Just 3 hours and 45 minutes from the capital is the Colca River valley and canyon, one of the most extraordinary destinations in the country. Throughout the region, you can see colorful pre-Incan agricultural terraces still used today for growing quinoa, corn, barley, and wheat. During the pre-Hispanic era, the department was inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas; today, the inhabitants have learned to conserve their Colonial churches in Yanque, Lari, and Madrigal, and they continue to wear their traditional clothing.
You can also do many types of adventure sports in the valley such as mountain biking, trekking, and white water rafting. And, at the Cross of the Condor, you can view the majestic flight of the condors. Other places of interest in the department are the Toro Muerto petroglyphs, the Andagua Valley of the Volcanoes, and the Cotahuasi Canyon..

Map of Arequipa
 
Map of  Arequipa
Arequipa Photo Gallery
 
Photo gallery arequipa
Arequipa Accomodations
 

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Arequipa Useful information
 
 
altitude
altitude
Arequipa (2335 masl / 7333 fasl)
Lowest point: 9 masl / 30 fasl (Punta de Bombón)
Highest point: 4910 masl / 16.109 fasl (Mirador de los Volcanes, Volcano Lookout, – Caylloma)
 
 
Weather
weather
The city of Arequipa has a semi-arid and temperate climate with a maximum temperature of 21.7ºC (71ºF) and a minimum of 6.9ºC (44.4ºF). The rainy season starts in January and ends in March. 
 
 
Access routes
Access routes

By land: Lima – Arequipa: 1003 km / 623 miles on the Pan-American Highway South (14 hours by car)
By air: Daily flights to Arequipa from: Lima (1 hour), Cusco (30 minutes), Juliaca (30 minutes) and Tacna (30 minutes)

 
 
Distances from the city of Arequipa :
Distances
Camaná (Province of Camaná) 173 km (108 miles)/ 2 hours and 30 minutes
Caravelí (Province of Caravelí) 382 km (238 miles) / 7 hours
Aplao (Province of Castilla) 178 km (111 miles) / 3 hours
Chivay (Province of Caylloma) 162 km (101 miles) / 3 hours and 45 minutes
Chuquibamba (Province of Condesuyos) 234 km (145 miles) / 5 hours
Mollendo (Province of Islay) 113 km (70 miles) / 2 hours and 15 minutes
Cotahuasi (Province of La Union) 379 km (236 miles) / 12 hours
 
 
Airport
airport
Alfredo Rodríguez Ballón Airport
Avenida Aviación, Zamácola, Cerro Colorado. Telephone: (054) 44-3464, (054) 44-3458
 
 
Overland Transport
Overland transport
Terrapuerto. Av. Arturo Ibáñez s/n, Jacobo D. Hunter. Tel: (054) 34-8810.
Terminal Terrestre. Intersección de Av. Andrés Avelino Cáceres con esquina de Arturo Ibáñez s/n, Jacobo D. Hunter. Tel: (054) 42-7798.
 
 
Health Centers
health centers
Honorio Delgado Espinoza Regional Hospital
Avenida Daniel Alcides Carrión, la Pampilla José Luis Bustamante y Rivero, Arequipa. Telephone: (054) 23-1818 / 21-9702 / 23-3812. Attention: 24 hours
GoyenecheHospital
Avenida Goyeneche, Cercado. Telephone: (054) 23-1313 / 22-3501. Attention: 24 hours
 
 
Local Police Station
police station
- Jefatura de Seguridad Ciudadana (Citizen Security Headquarters)
Calle Quinta Romaña 315, Cercado. Telephone: (054) 28-4354. Attention: 24 hours
- XI Región de la Policía Nacional del Perú (National Police of Peru 9th Region)
Avenida Emmel 106, Yanahuara. Telephone: (054) 25-4020. Attention: 24 hours
- Tourism Police
Calle Jerusalén 315, Cercado. Telephone: (054) 20-1258
 
 
Craft market
craft market
- Fundo El Fierro – FEDARA
San Francisco 415, Cercado.
- Frente de Artesanos
Mercaderes 236, Cercado. Telephone: (054) 21-2729. Opening hours: Mon. – Thur. 9:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. – 8:30; Fri. – Sat. 9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
- Patio del Ekeko - C.C. de Artesanías
Calle Mercaderes 141. Telephone: (054) 21-5861. Fax: (054) 23-3575
 
 
Postal Service
postal services
Serpost. Calle Moral 118, Cercado. Telephone: (054) 21-5247 / 21-5245. Attention: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.; Sun. 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Alfredo Rodríguez Ballón Airport
Av. Aviación s/n. Cerro Colorado. Telephone: (054) 44-39-67. Attention: Mon. – Fri.6:15 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. y 12:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sat. 6:15 A.M. – 12:00 P.M
 
 
Tourist Information
tourist information
Regional Government of Arequipa www.regionarequipa.gob.pe
IPerú, Tourist Information Email: travel@perutravel.pe or click here
Arequipa Transportation
 
Company name
Contact
Web site / Email
4M Transporte Turístico S.R.L
(054) 45-2296
Star Peru airlines
(054) 22-1896 / 24-7601 / 22-1594
Bustour E.I.R.L
(054) 20-3434
Empresa Caplina Transporte Turístico Internacional S.R.L
(054) 23-8741
Empresa de Trans. y Turismo Express Internacional Sur Oriente S.C.R.Ltda
(054) 42-6523
Empresa de Transporte Rey Latino EIRL
(054) 48-6151
Empresa de Transportes Andalucía S.R.LTDA
(054) 44-5089
Empresa de Transporte Victoria del Sur S.A
(054) 23-9980 / 24-2171
Empresa de Transportes Angelitos Negros Canazas Hnos. S.R.L
(054) 21-3152 / 21-3094 / 21-8498
Empresa de Transportes Berroa Zevallos E.I.R.L
(054) 23-9220
Empresa de Transportes Destinos Express E.I.R.L
(054) 42-8607
Flores - Empresa de Transportes Flores Hnos. S.R.L
(054) 43-1646
Empresa de Transportes Reyna E.I.R.L
(054) 43-0612
Empresa de Transportes Salcedo E.I.R.L
(054) 42-3601
Transur - Empresa de Transportes Santa Ursula S.A.C
(054) 43-1012
Oltursa - Empresa de Transportes Turísticos Olano S.A
(054)57-2854
Empresa de Transportes Valdivia S.C.R.L
(054) 435-699 / 423-260
Empresa de Transportes Virgen Santísima Inmaculada S.C.R.L
(054) 43-6794 / 20-5346
Empresa de Transportes y Turismo Alex E.I.R.L.
(054) 42-4605
Empresa de transportes y turismo Cañón del Colca S.R.L
(054) 42-635
Cial - Expreso Cial S.A.C
(043) 42-9253
Ormeño - Expreso Internacional Ormeño S.A
(043) 49-4102
Transportes Cromotex S.A.C
(054) 42-1555
Cruz del Sur -Transportes Cruz del Sur S.A.C
(054) 42-7375 / 21-6625
Transportes Del Carpio S.C.R.L
(054) 25-3452
Tepsa - Transportes El Pino S.A.C
(043) 35-0072
Transportes Expreso y Turismo Puma E.I.R.L
(054) 45-7543
Transportes San Cristóbal del Sur E.I.R.L.tda
(054) 46-0035 / 42-2068
Transportes Tranzela S.R.L
(054) 42-2718
Turismo Alas Doradas S.R.L
(054) 61-0663 / 96-0436
Turismo Civa S.A.C
(041) 47-8048
Turismo Expreso Pluma S.R.L
(054) 28-4721
Arequipa Cuisine
 
Typical dishes :
The cuisine of Arequipa is one of the most varied in Peru. The best example of this are the different soups for each day of the week and other dishes like::
  • Chupe de camarones: chowder made with shrimp, milk, eggs, and oregano.
  • Rocoto relleno: rocotos (red hot peppers) stuffed with chopped beef, cheese, and milk and served with mashed potatoes.
  • Soltero: a salad of fresh cheese, lima beans, onions, olives, tomatoes, and rocoto.
  • Adobo arequipeño: pork marinated with concho de chichi (corn beer sediment) and spices, cooked in a pot.
  • Ocopa: boiled potatoes covered with a fresh cheese sauce, lima beans, onions, olives, and rocoto.
  • Escribano: potato salad, with rocoto, vinegar, oil, tomatoes, and parsley.
  • Pebre: soup with lamb, beef, and ram jerky.
  • El sango: a dessert made from wheat, raisins, miel de chancaca (sugar syrup), milk, and butter.
Tumbes cuisine
Rocoto Releno
 
Arequipa Tourism Info
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