Arequipa Religious Walk Tour, Arequipa

Colonists from Spain brought to Peru and Arequipa the power of Catholicism, which is beautifully reflected today in the splendid architectural designs of Arequipa's numerous places of worship. Arequipa’s churches are among the most striking in Peru. Take this self-guided walking tour to explore the city's religious heritage.
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Arequipa Religious Walk Tour Map

Guide Name: Arequipa Religious Walk Tour
Guide Location: Peru » Arequipa (See other walking tours in Arequipa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: sabrina
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La Merced Church

1) La Merced Church (must see)

It took more than fifty years for the La Merced complex to be constructed. Like many other buildings in Arequipa, Iglesia La Merced, also called the “House of God,” was built using ashlar stones. This volcanic stone easily transforms into beautiful carvings in the hands of a skilled artist. The Churrigueresque altar and Virgin de las Mercedes paintings are the main attractions inside the church. There is also a great colonial library located within the walls of this historic complex.
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La Compañía Church

2) La Compañía Church (must see)

Situated in Arequipa's historic center, Iglesia de la Compañía is another reminder of the glorious religious legacy left by colonists and Jesuit priests. It took more than one hundred years to build this church. The Baroque-style facade is considered to be a masterpiece of South American Colonial architecture. It features motifs from pre-Hispanic Native American mythology. Inside the temple there is a beautifully carved wooden altar covered with gold leaf decorations. The walls are ornamented with paintings by Bernardo Bitti, an Italian artist who came to Peru at the end of the 16th century.
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Cathedral of Arequipa

3) Cathedral of Arequipa (must see)

The only cathedral in Peru to stretch the length of the plaza it is situated on, The Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa is the most important place of worship in the city. The original structure dates back to the mid-17th century. Although there were some modifications made after the cathedral suffered from a fire and an earthquake, it still looks beautiful and tells a fascinating story about the significance of religion in the colonial era. The interior of the cathedral is spacious and simply decorated. The high altar and twelve columns symbolizing the twelve apostles are made from Italian marble. The magnificent, large Byzantine candelabra lamp hanging above the altar was brought here from Spain. The huge organ imported from Belgium at the end of the 19th century is said to have been the largest organ ever brought to South America.
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San Agustín Church

4) San Agustín Church (must see)

Located on a street bearing the same name, Iglesia de San Agustín is an impressive Baroque-style church built in 1575. Like many other Arequipa buildings, San Augustin Church suffered a lot of damage during the strong earthquake of 1868, but it underwent a series of restorations in the 19th century. During the restoration some Neoclassical ornamentation was added to the interior and the facade. Inside, notice the careful attention to decorative detail reflected in the rich ornate dome, the impressive high altar and fine golden carvings. There are also several large paintings in the central area of the church depicting religious life in the city during the colonial era.
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San Francisco Church

5) San Francisco Church (must see)

Founded by the Franciscan Order in 1552 and finally completed in 1569 by Gaspar Báez, this old monastery tells an interesting story about Arequipa's past religious identity. After reconstruction work in the 17th century, Iglesia San Francisco became the largest complex in the country to have been built using ashlar stone. The rich, ornate interior of the church includes a Baroque-style embossed silver altar, an intricately carved pulpit, choir chairs and wooden figurines. Inside the complex is a small square, a temple used as the head office of a craft center and a library holding over twenty thousand volumes.
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Santa Marta Church

6) Santa Marta Church

Iglesia Santa Marta is a beautiful colonial church, which dates back to 1582. The twin bell towers and ornate facade has made this unpretentious church one of the most visited in the city. The church is located on Plaza Espanya and is most known for its intricate image of Christ, a present from King Charles V of Spain.
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Santa Rosa Church

7) Santa Rosa Church

Located on San Pedro Street, Iglesia de Santa Rosa is a small church that was once part of the Santa Rosa Monastery founded in 1747 by Dominican nuns. Arequipa’s traditional architectural style is reflected in the white ashlar stone of the church's walls. The prevalence of this stone is most likely why the city of Arequipa is sometimes called the “white city”. With numerous arches, pillars and towers, the complex resembles an old castle. Here you can also enjoy stunning views of the volcano.

Walking Tours in Arequipa, Peru

Create Your Own Walk in Arequipa

Create Your Own Walk in Arequipa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Arequipa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Galleries Tour of Arequipa

Museums and Galleries Tour of Arequipa

Arequipa is a popular tourist destination in Peru. This charming city offers a variety of attractions, including fascinating museums and galleries. See everything from mummies and traditional art to historical artifacts and important archeological finds. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Arequipa's best museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Daily Life Tour of Arequipa

Daily Life Tour of Arequipa

Arequipa is a vibrant city with streets full of life. The city's rich colonial past and colorful traditions make for a fun, exciting visit. The following walking tour will take you to Arequipa’s most popular local spots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Cultural Tour of Arequipa

Cultural Tour of Arequipa

Arequipa's rich colonial past and unforgotten pre-Hispanic traditions make it a popular tourist destination. Full of grandeur and charm, the cultural sights of Arequipa are easily accessible by foot. The following self-guided tour will take you to the city's most popular cultural landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Capital of the eponymous region of Peru, Arequipa is a colonial-era city rich in architecture built of the volcanic stone provided by three neighboring volcanoes. The historic downtown area of Arequipa is dominated by Plaza de Armas complete with a plethora of ancient churches located nearby, of which the most notable is the 17th-century Basilica Cathedral. This orientation tour will walk you through all the major historic sights of Arequipa.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Nightlife Tour of Arequipa

Nightlife Tour of Arequipa

Arequipa is not necessarily known as a party destination, but you will be sure to have an unforgettable night at one of the city's bars, clubs or discos, most of which are located in historic colonial houses. Everyone is welcome in Arequipa's bars, so enjoy a drink and mingle with the locals. This walking tour will guide you to the most exciting night venues in Arequipa.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Arequipa for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Arequipa has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Arequipa, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.