With many of its most important buildings made of white, volcanic ashlar, Arequipa’s nickname of “the white city” is well deserved. The city lies next to a dormant volcano, the second largest in Peru; the rich volcanic soil that surrounds it gives it an edge when it comes to agriculture and gastronomy. Hence, Arequipa is a must-see for foodies and haute cuisine lovers. Not too far from the city, the geological force of several other volcanoes has shaped the Andes mountains into some of the deepest canyons in the world. The Colca canyon, the best known among them, is a popular destination in its own right due to its rugged natural beauty and the majestic condors that rule its sky.
Gastronomic experiences that you can include in your personalized trip
- Visit the traditional “picanterías” with the company of a local foodie.
- Visit the local markets to learn about, and sample, locally grown produce.
- Enjoy pisco-based cocktails on a beautiful terrace overlooking the Main Square and the city’s imposing Cathedral.
Other fantastic activities to do in Arequipa
- See the amazing flight of the Andean Condor in the Colca Canyon.
- Tour the city, and its beautiful churches, and visit the famous Santa Catalina Enclosed Monastery.
Important information about Arequipa
|Arequipa City: 2,335 m.a.s.l. / 7,660 f.a.s.l.
Colca Canyon: 3,635 m.a.s.l. / 11,925 f.a.s.l.
|October is the warmest month, with the temperature reaching 23 C / 73 F. The lowest temperature occurs in July, at around 6 C / 42 F. As is the case in most of the Peruvian Andes, the rainiest month is February.
|Health & Precautions
|You should maintain a light diet before arriving at Arequipa and until you get used to the height, which is usually by the end of the first day. Remember to stay hydrated and consume drinks with electrolytes (or infusions like mint or coca) for long walks or trekking routes. We suggest measuring alcohol consumption.
|We recommend eating lightly before arriving in Cusco, and once there until your body gets used to the high altitude. Remember to stay hydrated; herbal teas such as mint or coca can be very useful when dealing with altitude sickness. Try not to physically exert yourself or indulge in alcohol.
Keep in mind that December through March is the shrimp closed season, so dishes containing it (such as Chupe de Camarones) will not be available.