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Arequipa
In Peru's second-most populous city, aka "The White City," stunning colonial buildings made of pearly sillar stone vie for attention with the surrounding volcanoes and snow-capped peaks of the western Andes. Founded in 1540, it's a smorgasbord of mansions and museums. The top attraction, 215,000-square-foot Santa Catalina Monastery, is like its own city within a city, complete with fountains and cobblestone streets. Arequipa is the favorite base for visiting Colca Canyon and its massive condors.

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Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, this monastery is a large complex of rooms, picturesque plazas, ornate fountains and a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Art Museums; Gardens
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Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon
This is one of the deepest canyons in the world where the distance from the Colca riverbed to the top of the cliff is more than 13,100 feet.
Attraction type: Canyons
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El Misti
El Misti
Attraction type: Volcanos
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Historic Centre of Arequipa
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
Serving as the focus of urban life and evening activities, this elegant grand square features graceful colonnades, swaying palms and lush gardens.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Zig Zag Restaurant
Zig Zag Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 224 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Peruvian, Barbecue, European, Fusion, Wine Bar, South American
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
oCacao Chocolateria Cafe
oCacao Chocolateria Cafe
Ranked #2 of 224 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price:
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout
Hatunpa
Hatunpa
Ranked #3 of 224 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Peruvian, Healthy, South American
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Chaqchao Organic Chocolates
Chaqchao Organic Chocolates
Ranked #4 of 224 Restaurants in Arequipa
Cuisines: Organic, Bar, Cafe, Pub
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Crepisimo
Crepisimo
Ranked #5 of 224 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: French, Peruvian, Cafe, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, South American
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Sumaq House Backpackers
2.5 of 5
Sumaq House Backpackers
$17 - $59 (PEN 54 - 188)
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Friendly AQP
Friendly AQP
$12 - $22
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Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
$13 - $15
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

La Casa de Ana-Peru
La Casa de Ana-Peru
$37 - $46
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Casa de Dina
Casa de Dina
$32 - $142
Ranked #4 of 127 Arequipa B&B and Inns
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Hostal El Remanso
Hostal El Remanso
$27 - $39 (PEN 86 - 124)
Ranked #5 of 127 Arequipa B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hotel Libertador Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Hotel Libertador Arequipa
$128 - $238
Ranked #5 of 89 Hotels in Arequipa
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Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa
$114 - $192
Ranked #8 of 89 Hotels in Arequipa
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