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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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Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of 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; Gardens; Art Museums
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Peruvian Cooking Experience
Peruvian Cooking Experience
Owner description: "On hands" activity where, together with local cooks, you prepare typical peruvian food while chatting and learning about this wonderful city.Two optional additions to book, the... more Owner description: "On hands" activity where, together with local cooks, you prepare typical peruvian food while chatting and learning about this wonderful city.Two optional additions to book, the Market Tour and the Pisco Lecture (learn to make Pisco Sour)The activity is held in Casa de Avila Hotel and you get a discount if you are a guest. Price includes: all equipment and supplies needed plus the food prepared (beginner and main course), desser, soft drinks and water. You have wine and bear as extras if required. A great cultural souvenir you can take from this friendly and beautiful city. Great location. less
Attraction type: Educational Sites
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El Misti
El Misti
Attraction type: Volcanos
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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
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: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Architectural Buildings
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Zig Zag Restaurant
Zig Zag Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 161 restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Swiss, Peruvian, Healthy, Fusion
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Hatunpa
Hatunpa
Ranked #2 of 161 restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $4 - $6
Cuisines: Vegan
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Crepisimo
Crepisimo
Ranked #3 of 161 restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Delicatessen, Creperie, Sandwiches
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Qaya, Cocina Peruana
Qaya, Cocina Peruana
Ranked #4 of 161 restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Peruvian, International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Chaqchao Organic Chocolates
Chaqchao Organic Chocolates
Ranked #5 of 161 restaurants in Arequipa
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Vegan, Peruvian, Organic

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

La Casa de Ana-Peru
La Casa de Ana-Peru
$17 - $39
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La Posada del Kuraka
La Posada del Kuraka
$17 - $22
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Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
$13 - $15
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Azul Colonial Inn
3.0 of 5
Azul Colonial Inn
$39 - $94
Ranked #5 of 108 Arequipa B&B and Inns
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Casa Villa Arequipa
Casa Villa Arequipa
$34 - $41
Ranked #6 of 108 Arequipa B&B and Inns
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El Patio de Elisa
El Patio de Elisa
$42 - $49 (PEN 119 - 139)
Ranked #7 of 108 Arequipa B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa
$112 - $211
Ranked #4 of 85 hotels in Arequipa
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Hotel Libertador Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Hotel Libertador Arequipa
$98 - $190
Ranked #6 of 85 hotels in Arequipa
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