This beautiful 'white city', framed by three dramatic, snow-capped volcanoes, is known for its many colonial buildings including a famous convent, for its food and also for its proximity to Colca Canyon. The city's ancient centre is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Reasons to visit Arequipa include:
Most people tend to avoid the worst of the rainy season from about December to March.
For more information about when to travel in Peru, see our When to visit Peru page.
Being Peru’s second city there is a reasonable choice of hotels here, but we tend to favour a couple we use regularly: the Casa Andina Private Collection and the Posada del Inca. Both are part of hotel chains, but good quality.
Belmond Andean Explorer is a luxury sleeper train operating between Cusco and Arequipa, offering excellent service and a gentle pace of travel.
41 room hotel in a former mint house located 3 blocks from Arequipa's main square.
In a prime city centre location, Casa Andina Select offers comfy accommodation and a restaurant with a lovely terrace
Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.