The tourist attractions in Arequipa are among the most picturesque in all of Peru. Along with Cuzco, the city is frequented by visitors from all over the world.
The city can be found at the Southern Coastal section in Peru. It is just under Altiplanos edge, 2400 meters above sea level. The quickest way to reach the place is by plane. You will land at Rodríguez Ballon airport, a few km from the city. A couple of bus terminals 3 km from the city can be used too.
What to See
The Plaza de Armas is the town square, known for its antique edifices composed of white volcanic stone. The Juanita Mummy is another favorite attraction located at the Museo Santuarios Andinos. Some of the most beautiful churches here are the Cathedral, La Merced, San Francisco and La Compania.
The Convento de Santa Teresa is renowned for its paintings. The Convento de Santa Catalina is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arequipa. It is filled with color and flowers.
Puente Bolognesi is one of the loveliest bridges in the area. From the bridge it is close to the Tambos, rebuilt old residential homes.
Since it became a tourist hotspot, the city has served as a fine example of Spanish culture. It is called the white city owing to the white stone used on the edifices.
Aside from the Spanish influence, the history of the city also showcases indigenous influences. Over 500 years old, it is home to many Catholic churches and redecorated old homes. UNESCO has called it a Human Heritage site.
A taxi ride around the city will cost 3 soles. The high end buses have fares costing 130 soles. However these will have 180 degree beds with food. The ordinary buses have fares costing 30 soles. From Cuzco the trip will take about 9 hours. A car rental will cost you 6 USD.
While in the city, drop by the San Camilo Market which is just a few blocks from the main square. The Mansión del Fundador is a Spanish Colonial home. Not far off is the three hundred year old water mill, the Molino de Sabandía.
Puente Fierro is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Arequipa. Ten blocks away from the square, it is an ancient bridge that can still be used today. It is a great place to see the volcanoes.