Arequipa was founded on August 15, 1540, by Manuel Garci de Carbajal, the city's name comes from the Quechua phrase "Are Quepay" which means "Yes, stay".
At the feet of the volcanoes Chachani, Misti, and Pichu Pichu is the capital of the department of the same name, known as “ the White City” for its beautiful mansions, temples and convents built out of 'sillar' - a volcanic stone -, and distinguished by a unique architectural style, a blend of Italian baroque, Spanish silver-plating and Andean creativity, from the Colonial Period. The downtown of the city, has been placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO.
Arequipa is surrounded by magical countryside and fascinating villages with stepped terraces dating from pre-Inca times that are still used today by farmers from the districts of Chilina, Socabaya, Paucarpata, Characato and Sabandia.
In the department of Arequipa, not many hours from the capital are two of the world's deepest canyons: Cotahuasi, in the province of La Union, and Colca, in the province of Caylloma. Two of the most extraordinary destinations in the country, which among others in Arequipa, must also be visited.
The climate in Arequipa is mild and dry year-round. Temperatures vary between 20-25 degrees Celsius (70-80 F) in the summer and 10-15 degrees Celsius (50-60 F) in the winter.

Places to Visit

Arequipa Photo Gallery

      

       

       

     

Colca
COAST
Trujillo and Lambayeque
Piura
Tumbes
Ica
SIERRA
Cusco
Puno
Ancash
JUNGLE
Madre de Dios
Iquitos
Pucallpa
 
     
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