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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; Sacred & Religious Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Art Museums; Gardens
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Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon
One of the deepest canyon in the world is more than 13,100 feet.. Here you can practice: rafting, trekking, mountain biking, vivencial tourism.
Attraction type: Canyons
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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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Historic Centre of Arequipa
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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El Misti
El Misti
Attraction type: Volcanos
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La Petite Francaise
La Petite Francaise
Ranked #1 of 391 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $2 - $6
Cuisines: French, Cafe, European
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dimas
Dimas
Ranked #2 of 391 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Peruvian, Latin
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Zig Zag Restaurant
Zig Zag Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 391 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Fusion
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Chelawasi Public House
Chelawasi Public House
Ranked #4 of 391 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Gastropub, American, Brew Pub
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Chaqchao Organic Chocolates
Chaqchao Organic Chocolates
Ranked #5 of 391 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $1 - $2
Cuisines: Cafe, Gastropub
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

ECONUNAY Hostels
ECONUNAY Hostels
$16 - $22 (PEN 53 - PEN 73)
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Los Andes Bed & Breakfast
2.5 of 5
Los Andes Bed & Breakfast
$17 - $44
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Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
$13 - $15
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hostal Bubamara
Hostal Bubamara
$26 - $44
Ranked #3 of 170 Arequipa B&B and Inns
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Friendly AQP
Friendly AQP
$12 - $34
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Le Foyer Hostel
2.0 of 5
Le Foyer Hostel
$18 - $39
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hotel Libertador Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Hotel Libertador Arequipa
$129 - $186
Ranked #3 of 97 Hotels in Arequipa
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Casa Andina Premium Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Casa Andina Premium Arequipa
$89 - $168
Ranked #6 of 97 Hotels in Arequipa
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