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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
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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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 322 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $2 - $6
Cuisines: French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Cafe
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Chelawasi Public House
Chelawasi Public House
Ranked #2 of 322 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Gastropub, American, Brew Pub
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Zig Zag Restaurant
Zig Zag Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 322 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Swiss, Fusion
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, 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
Ratatouille
Ratatouille
Ranked #4 of 322 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $3 - $9
Cuisines: French
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
El Buda Profano
El Buda Profano
Ranked #5 of 322 Restaurants in Arequipa
Price: $3 - $6
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Good for: Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Cash Only, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
$12 - $13
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Los Andes Bed & Breakfast
2.5 of 5
Los Andes Bed & Breakfast
$16 - $52
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ECONUNAY Hostels
ECONUNAY Hostels
$12 - $21 (PEN 41 - PEN 71)

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hostal Bubamara
Hostal Bubamara
$27 - $43
Ranked #1 of 157 Arequipa B&B and Inns
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Bothy Hostel Arequipa
Bothy Hostel Arequipa
$10 - $19
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Le Foyer Hostel
2.0 of 5
Le Foyer Hostel
$21 - $36
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hotel Libertador Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Hotel Libertador Arequipa
$115 - $224
Ranked #3 of 91 Hotels in Arequipa
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Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa
4.0 of 5
Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa
$109 - $199
Ranked #7 of 91 Hotels in Arequipa
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