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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: Specialty Museums
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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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Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Sacred & Religious Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Pasta Canteen
Pasta Canteen
Ranked #1 of 448 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $5 - $8
Cuisines: Italian, European
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
La Petite Francaise
La Petite Francaise
Ranked #2 of 448 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $2 - $6
Cuisines: French, Cafe, European
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Burger Chulls
Burger Chulls
Ranked #3 of 448 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $1 - $4
Cuisines: South American, Bar, International
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Chelawasi Public House
Chelawasi Public House
Ranked #4 of 448 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Gastropub, American, Brew Pub
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dimas
Dimas
Ranked #5 of 448 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Peruvian, Latin
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

ECONUNAY Hostels
ECONUNAY Hostels
$16 - $18 (PEN 52 - PEN 59)
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Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
$14 - $15
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Los Andes Bed & Breakfast
2.5 of 5
Los Andes Bed & Breakfast
$15 - $29
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Posada Nueva Espana
3.0 of 5
Posada Nueva Espana
$27 - $49
Ranked #10 of 102 Hotels in Arequipa
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Friendly AQP
Friendly AQP
$13 - $27
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La Casa de Melgar Hostal
2.5 of 5
La Casa de Melgar Hostal
$35 - $63
Ranked #16 of 102 Hotels in Arequipa
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hotel Libertador Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Hotel Libertador Arequipa
$109 - $157
Ranked #5 of 102 Hotels in Arequipa
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Casa Andina Premium Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Casa Andina Premium Arequipa
$103 - $159
Ranked #8 of 102 Hotels in Arequipa
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