Arequipa Travel Guide – Travel to Peru

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“The White City” World Cultural Heritage
Location: Sierra south m.s.n.m. 2.335. (7.660 feet)

Tourism in Arequipa:
The area was inhabited since 7.600 a.C. by primitive men, and in ancient nearest inhabited by pre-Inca tribe Collagua, then conquered by the Inca Cápac Mayta, who commanded the first city to establish, and given the name around 1300 AD.

Garcí Manuel de Carbajal, Spanish conqueror, was the founder of the Spanish city of Arequipa on 15 August 1540 under the name “Villa Hermosa de Arequipa.” During the colonial period was favored by being the midpoint of caravans carrying huge loads of rich silver mines of Potosi (Bolivia) to Quilca port that shipped to El Callao and Spain.

The city of Arequipa is the capital of the Department of Arequipa, surrounded by the River Chili and is located on the slopes of the volcano Misti msnm 5822. (19,101 feet), and very close to the volcano Chachani 6075 masl. (19.931 feet) and 5.425 Pichupichu m.s.n.m. (17.798 feet).

Also known as the “White City” by the many magnificent buildings and temples, monasteries, and palaces in sillar white sculpted as watermark. It also has an excellent climate with almost 300 days of sunshine a year, with clear blue sky.

In addition it offers exquisite cuisine, beautiful scenery of beautiful countryside, majestic volcanoes, the Colca Valley, exciting adventures and challenges in the Colca Canyon, nature reserves, and the warmth of a people friendly and willing to share and enjoy the tourist its charms.

Arequipa is the 2nd largest city in Peru and the biggest in the south. Is the main hub of economic development thanks to its many resources, and its irrigation projects that promote primarily agriculture and livestock, dairy industry, leather and woven in alpaca and vicuña (animals camelid region).

It has a cozy hotel infrastructure, many by train and air links with Cusco and Puno.

Visiting Arequipa:
Historical Center: Arequipa conserves one of the finest architectural treasures of the colonial era throughout Peru, expressed in his best form in the temples and monasteries and religious noble majestic colonial architecture mixed.

Museums in Arequipa: Anthropological Museum of the Santa Maria Catholic University, the Archaeological Museum of the Universidad Nacional San Agustin, City Museum, Museum Santury with the collection of the mummy or the Lady Juanita Ampato, the Inca Maiden.

The Countryside Arequipenian: The agricultural area on the outskirts of the city is embodied in picturesque countryside, there are many people in “periphery of the city.” It’s like a big chess board in various shades of green and with the seeding system incaico andenerías. Arequipenian the countryside has been an endless source of inspiration for painters and poets.

Periphery of the city, villages and some beautiful landscapes with beautiful colonial churches, monuments, with a magnificent view of the countryside and villages with medicinal thermal water spas.

Valle del Colca Valley squeezed, formed by the Colca River, where there is a large margin deployment of enormous scenic beauty and cultural attractions, where you can have a meeting with the descendants of Collaguas aboriginal peoples of colonial buildings.

Adventure Tourism in Arequipa: Colca Canyon the deepest of the Earth, in addition to landscapes of indescribable beauty, is one of the best venues in the world for rafting, and for lovers of extreme adventure. Also for mountain lovers have the opportunity to climb the peak and snowy crater of the volcanoes Misti and Chachani also special tours for trekking.

Nature and Biodiversity in Arequipa: National Reserve Salinas and Aguada Blanca for the protection of species highlands, and the National Sanctuary of Mejía Lagoons area for migratory birds in the coastal area.

The Valley of the Volcanoes: Formation of the geological Quaternary period, with more than 80 volcanoes in magnificent landscape that resembles a lunar landscape.

Arequipa: Quechua Language = quepay Ari – Yes, stay.

Arequipa is a great destination for tourism Historical Archaeological
Live Cultures, and Nature and Biodiversity.


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