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Arequipa city (UNESCO) is famous not only for its delicious cuisine, colonial charm and beautiful buildings made of white volcanic stone, but this city enjoys Sunshine around 300 days of year. It is also the jumping-off point for visiting the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons and is home of the majestic condor. The “White city “ of Peru is undoubtedly the most attractive and a must-see for any traveler on a trip to Peru.

Our Tour Packages, Day Tours and adventures tours in Arequipa can be customized according to your needs and type of travel. We assure you a safe and interesting experience, a friendly service focused on details and with the high quality of service that characterizes us!.

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Travel Information About Arequipa

Is Arequipa worth visiting?

Arequipa is Peru’s second-important city and is also called “The white city”. This city belongs to the highlights of Peru and with good reason! It offers a tons of fantastic restaurants, bars and cafés, as well as several must-see attractions like Santa Catalina Monastery, La Recoleta Convent, Juanita mummy, the Basilica Cathedral, a great countryside to walk and get slow to high altitude etc. You can easily fill several days of fun here.
Arequipa sits at an elevation of 2,300 meters, or 7,600 feet  and is guarded by three dramatic volcanoes the Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu and has a great architecture that is a formidable ensemble of baroque-mestizo buildings grafted out of the local white rock called “Sillar”, that has so far withstood most of what Mother Earth has thrown at it.

The historic center spans an area of 332 hectares and is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000.

Arequipa Tours: What to do in Arequipa?

In Arequipa you have a lot to discover. In the Historic Center we have the Plaza de Armas with its portales and peculiar corners, the Cathedral, the Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena, the Convent of the Recoleta, the Church and the Cloisters of Compañia de Jesús and the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Church of La Merced, the Church of San Agustín, the neighborhood of San Lázaro and the Museum of Virreinal Art of Santa Teresa, among many other attractions that you should not miss. Also we have to pointed the Religious museum of the Cathedral and the museum “Santuarios Andinos“, where one can appreciate the princess of the volcano Ampato “the Juanita mummy”.

Every visit to Arequipa must include these places!

What to visit around Arequipa?

ArequipaAlso the city offers half-day and full-day tours to the surroundings areas, such as tours and walking through its countryside visiting traditional villages; where you will observe its beautiful terraces and have panoramic views with its volcanoes, visiting the Petroglyphs of Toro Muerto, enjoying the Pisco route (Ideal for food lovers) or traveling to the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, the Mejia National Reserve (Birding Tour) and let’s not forget its beautiful beaches such as Mollendo, Camana and Mejia at the summer season from January to March.

The city is also the starting point for excursions to the incredible Colca Canyon, a huge valley surrounded by incomparable landscapes and ancestral traditions. In addition; also starting point for excursions to other attractions such as the Cotahuasi Canyon or the impressive Valley of Volcanoes or to have some adrfenaline shot climbing our volcanoes or doing some rafting.

Don’t hesitate to Contact us; we can prepare your tour package with all details and according to your needs and expectations.

Do you get altitude sickness in Arequipa?

Most travelers have little to no problems in Arequipa (2,300m.) and it is a good midpoint between sea level (Lima or Paracas) and Andean destinations of more than 10,800 ft (3,300 m).

But exactitly its location  makes Arequipa an ideal destination to gradually acclimatize prior to further ascent.

How do you spend a day in Arequipa?

If you have only 1 day, here some things to do in one day in Arequipa

  • Santa Catalina Monastery.
  • Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa.
  • Plaza de Armas.
  • Walk in the colonial neighborhood (Yanahuara or Cayma).
  • Museo Santuario Andinos.
  • Visit Añashuayco with Culebrillas area.
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    We had a wonderful birdwatching tour yesterday, organized by Giardino Tour. Luis was an excellent guide, and Julio was an excellent driver. We drove from Arequipa to the Mejia Lagoons National Bird Sanctuary...
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    Giardino was recommended by a friend, and even though I had booked some hotels on my own, they managed to work around it, and provide us a wonderful experience from Paracas, Nazca, Ica, Huacachina to Puno. The guide Luis Angel was very knowledgeable, answered every question, and went over and beyond his duties to make the tour an unforgettable time in Perú.
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    We had a fun and educational private Colca Valley tour and road trips with Ramiro (guide) and Herbert (driver) from Giardino Tours. They picked us up from the Arequipa airport, took us to our accommodations at Colca Lodge, took us on a beautiful hike to the isolated Chimpa Fortress... We are glad the agency we engaged to plan our Peru adventure chose Giardino Tours for this part of the trip!
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    We traveled in Peru with having all of our trip booked through the Giardino travel agency. Karla helped us with the planning and booked the trip, the individual tours and our flights. The price for the tour overall was very reasonable... The guides were fantastic and were the best part about doing these tours. They were knowledgeable and had some of the best recommendations for us to do
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    Best tour operator in Perú! We have been working with Giardino Tours for years and they have always been outstanding... They will always help us in the best possible way and their service and guides are impeccable. They will sometimes go out of their way just to accommodate our…
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    We went on a two-day tour with Luis and Julio and it was amazing! Luis speaks very good English and knows a lot about the history and culture of is own country. At every question, he could easily give you a good answer and explainating. Julio was a very good driver. We felt very safe and he stopt at the best spots for pictures. This was one of the best trips during our stay in Peru. We highly recommend this tour guide!
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