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Arequipa Attractions

The Main Square

Surrounded by beatiful balconies and portals it has an impressive fountain in the center made of solid bronze. On both sides Portal del Cabildo, Portal de las Delicias and Portal del Regocijo.

 

The Cathedral

It was built with ashlar stone of volcanic origin in the seventeenth century. In 1844 it was burned completely and later, in 1868,rebuilt in neoclassical style where the entrance is through the side aisles.

 

The Countryside

This group of buildings was constructed by the Jesuit congregation fot both housing and religiuos purposes. In the midst of these buildings stands a temple. Its desing was created in 1573 by Gaspar Baez but was later destroyed by an earthquake and restored im 1650.

 

Church of San Francisco

This building complex consists of the Franciscan church, a small temple and the Monastery. Here stand out the baroque pulpit and front made of silver.The Monaguillo de San Francisco, a small passage, has been annexed to the complex.

 

The Santa Catalina Monastery

It was built to gather those with a religious vocations belonging to the highest aristocratic circle of the city.Opened on October 2,1580 it remained that way until1970.

 

Museum of Archaeology

There are almost one thousand objects on display: ceramics, textiles, mummies, stone, wood and metal objects. It belongs to the Catholic University of Santa María del Mar in Arequipa.

 

The Mulberry House

A boroque eigheeth century house with a stunning mulberry tree in the main courtyard, from which it gets its name. Theashlar front is carefully carved with representative figures: a crown, a castle, a bird, a puma and two crossed keys.

 

San Lazaro Area

Located just five blocks from the Main Square,it is a part of the city composed by small streets, narow passages, small squares and large houses. It is the most representative area of what Arequipa once was.

 

Houses -Tristán del Pozo

An old house, traditionally built in baroque and mixed styles. It has spacious interiors since it was built in 1783 for General Domingo Tristán del Pozo. Today it belongs to BBVA Continental.

 

 

Yanahuara Vantage Points

It isone of the typical postcards of the While City. Built in the nineteenth century, it consists of a series of ashlar arches, highlighted by a series of phrases immortalized by famous Arequipa citizens. It has a spectacular view of the Misti Volcano.

 

Snow-capped Chachani Mountain

It lies about fifty kilometeres north of the center of Arequipa and takes around two hours to reach its skirts using 4x4 vans. There you will find the base from which it takes six hours walking to reach the summit. This is one of the most difficult mountains to climb. It has 6.075m.

 

Altitude: 2,350 m.a.s.l

Climate: Temperate and agreeeable with sunshine almost all year round. The rainyseason runs from november to march.

Average annual temperature: 20 Cº (max.24 Cº and min.5ºC)

Activities: Archaeology, handicrafts, thermalsprings, gastronomy, nature, urban tourism nightlife.

Transport from Lima: Bus, car, dir.

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