6 Essential Things to Do in Arequipa

6 Essential Things to Do in Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru (B)

If you’re asked to name a Peruvian city that’s renowned for its exquisite colonial-era architecture and close proximity to world-class outdoor adventures then you might plump for Cusco. But while that city certainly has its attractions, we’d say that Arequipa is a more attractive proposition. Especially given its reputation as a gourmet food destination and the comparable lack of crowds. But if you need convincing, here are six essential things to do to make the most of your visit.

The UNESCO World Heritage listed historical centre of Arequipa is simply made for a walking tour and we’d suggest you do just that on your first morning there. You’ll have a number of free walking tour options to choose from – just remember that “free” effectively means “tip-based” – which means that you’ll be expected to pay your guide a decent tip if you enjoyed your two hours-or-so in his or her company. Ours started beside the chocolate-factory-cum-craft-beer-bar at Chaqchao before working its way to the main square (Plaza de Armas) with its huge cathedral, baroque arches and palm trees watched over by the conical Volcan Misti. And then on we went through various side streets chock full with beautifully designed buildings and churches constructed from “sillar” – the white/pink volcanic rock found in large quantities around this area. We visited the San Camilo Market, sampled local chicha (or “corn beer”), had a crash course in typical Arequipian food and took a look inside some of the many courtyards hidden from view from the main streets. As an introduction to the city and a useful way of getting your bearings, it’s a no-brainer. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 6 Essential Things to Do in Arequipa
Guide Location: Peru » Arequipa
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Ian Mackenzie
Read it on Author's Website: https://www.aboveusonlyskies.com/things-to-do-in-arequipa/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Chaqchao
  • Plaza de Armas
  • San Camilo Market
  • Museo Santuarios Andinos
  • Monasterio Santa Catalina
  • Victoria
  • Kao Restaurant
  • Fory Fay
  • Zig Zag
  • San Francisco Plaza
  • La Petite Francaise
  • Museo del Pisco