Excursions in Arequipa
Day #1 Leaving the city via Yura, you enter Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, an extensive plain where you can see vicuñas, the indigenous Andean camelid that is a national symbol. Then to Vizcachani, Pampas de Toccra, up to the crater of the volcano Chucura and on to Mirador de los Andes at Patapampa (4800 m.a.s.l.) where the volcanoes surrounding Arequipa can be seen. Lunch will be served in the village of Chivay and in the afternoon you can rest in the hotel, or visit the thermal springs at La Calera. Day #2 Visit to Cruz del Cóndor to see the Colca Valley (the second deepest canyon in the world, more than 4 kilometres at its deepest part) followed by an astonishing sight: the great and majestic condor flying only a few metres away. On the way back to Chivay you will pass through the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque and the vantage points at Antahuilque and Choquetico. Return to Arequipa after lunch.
The tour starts at the traditional village of Paucarpata (whose name means "terrace of flowers") where you can see impressive terraces of Inca fields. There follows a visit to Sabandía mill, built in 1785 in the typical Arequipa style, whose enormous millstones turned by water power are still used to grind wheat today. Next is a visit to the Mansión del fundador, one of the first local buildings of the vice regal period. It was started in the 16th Century for the founder of Arequipa and it is now open to the public. Then back to Arequipa.
You will start your tour at the Mirador de Carmen Alto, located across the river Chili, where you can have a panoramic view of the city. You will continue to the exclusive and traditional neighbourhood of Yanahuara, surrounded by streets built with cobblestones and where one of the flagship churches of Cuzco mestizo art was built in 1750. From there you will head downtown to visit the Plaza de Armas (undoubtedly one of the most beautiful), the Church Compañia de Jesus (1590), the Cathedral (built in the seventeenth century and completely rebuilt after several earthquakes), and the Monastery of Santa Catalina, built in 1579, which is an enclosed religious town that remains in use to this day.
The tour starts with a visit to the vantage point at Carmen Alto, overlooking the River Chili (the city's main river), which gives a panoramic view of the city. This is followed by a visit to Yanahuara, a traditional Arequipa neighbourhood, with myriad cobbled streets and one of the best examples of Cuzco mestizo religious architecture, built in 1750. Then to the Main Square, one of Peru's most attractive, because of its use of sillar, its carved arcades and the neighbouring cathedral, originally built in the 17th Century and rebuilt completely several times after earthquakes. From there to the church of the Society of Jesus (1590), a classic example of local Baroque architecture, which contains an exceptional collection of paintings and murals.
Tour of the historic center of Arequipa, built with local "sillar" stone, a pale volcanic rock, affording Arequipa its glorious architecture and its appropriate nickname, "the White City". Visit the San Lazaro district,located five blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa. This neighborhood of narrow streets, narrow passages, small squares and large houses is the most representative area of the old Arequipa. In this place were established Dominican priests in 1538, who built a chapel for the evangelization of the natives of the place, to prepare the ground for the foundation of a new Spanish city. There is a small bridge between the now Church of St. Lazarus and the square with the rest of the neighborhood. Then visit the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by the Church, Cathedral and various portals. The Plaza de Armas has a beautiful bronze fountain of three plates crowned with the figure of a soldier of the sixteenth century. A character that is called the "Tuturutu", who, according to history, was in charge of warning of any new event.