Arequipa Peru: Location, Elevation, Weather and Things to Do

The white city and its attractions


The city of Arequipa, also known as the "white city" is the second most populous city in Peru and one of the most visited thanks to its beautiful valleys, deep canyons and outstanding architecture. It is the perfect place to suit the height progressively.

Location and Weather

The city is located on the southwest of Peru, one hour and a half flight from Lima or 1000 Km (621 miles) of travel by bus (travel time of 15 hrs.).

Altitude: Arequipa is located at 2,335 meters above sea level (7,546 ft).
Weather: Arequipa has a temperate, dry climate. The temperature ranges between 10 to 25 degrees Celsius. From January to March there is the presence of rain.
Main Attractions: The Monastery of Santa Catalina, the Valley of Colca, the Condor Cross, the national reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca.
Gastronomy: The Rocoto Relleno, Adobo, Chicharrones, etc.

misti volcano

How to get to Arequipa

You will not regret visiting Arequipa. It has so much history, nature and excellent gastronomy. The best way to reach Arequipa is by plane. Many companies operate this flight. We recommend booking with LATAM airlains or VIVA AIR. They have daily frequencies.

There’s another way to get Arequipa. Most travelers decide reaching Arequipa by Bus making different stops on the way. The average time of bus ride is 16 hrs. We suggest that you book your ride with reliable bus companies such as CRUZ DEL SUR or ORMENO. They also have regular frequencies. Better to book your bus tickets in advance to guarantee a sit.

From Arequipa, you can depart either to Puno or Cusco. If you have several days available, we recommend traveling to Puno first, and finally reach Cusco.

What to do in Arequipa

Arequipa has many attractions that deserve to be visited (beautiful monasteries, great churches, fantastic valleys, majestic condors, etc.) and that thanks to our custom tours, you will be able to get to know each one of them in order to have the best travel experience.

The white city, considered as such due to the fact that many of its buildings have been developed with sillar (white volcanic rock) is located at the foot of the volcano Misty, which is a source of great pride among its inhabitants.

The Monastery of Santa Catalina

The first impression one gets when visiting the monastery of Santa Catalina is like going through a little village of small streets, gardens and beautiful arches.
The monastery was founded in 1580 by Maria de Guzman and is a religious complex located in the historic center of Arequipa. It consists of 100 rooms, 6 blocks, 3 cloisters, a church and a fabulous picture gallery. The monastery opened its doors to the tourism beginning in August 1970.
It's definitely the most remarkable place to visit in Arequipa, make sure to include this on your trip itinerary by contacting one of our travel advisors and enjoy Arequipa!

Monastery Santa Catalina

The Colca Valley

It's a beautiful Valley situated at 42 Km (28 miles) from Arequipa that hosts one of the world's deepest canyons in the world, the Colca Canyon (reaching a depth of 3400 meters/11155 ft). Also noteworthy is the visit to the Cruz del Condor, located in the highest part of the canyon which offers a spectacular view of the condors flying over the valley.

Monastery Santa Catalina

Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca

This reserve constitutes a vast area that hosts a variety of unique plants and animals. Among them, the presence of South American camelids such as the lama, alpaca and vicuña, the same ones that contribute to the development of local communities. We can also say that famous writer and nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa was born here in Arequipa as well as other famous people such as the former president Fernando Belaunde Terry. In brief, there's an authentic atmosphere of independence and pride in Arequipa inspired by its people, its volcanoes, and its beautiful Valleys. We kindly invite you to explore the "Independent Republic of Arequipa" together!

Monastery Santa Catalina

Travel Tips to Arequipa

  • You can explore Arequipa all year long.

  • Contact a reliable travel agency to planning your trip.

  • Make sure to have all travel documents for visiting Peru as a tourist (valid passport, vaccines, etc).

  • Depending on your date visit, wear proper clothing (rainy season or dry season).

  • The locals are kind and friendly, so don't hesitate to interact with them in the markets and shops.

Frequent Travel Questions

What is the best time to visit Arequipa?

Consider visiting Arequipa during the dry season, that is, from April to September. You'll have sunny and warm days.

What is the elevation of Arequipa?

Arequipa is located at 2300 msnm (7500 ft) which ideal to begin your acclimatization.

Is it safe to visit Arequipa?

Yes, it is. All facilities guarantee a safe experience while visiting Arequipa Neverthless, we always encourage you to watch your belongings at all time and avoid getting away from the downtown.

How long should I stay in Arequipa?

You'll need at least three days to visit the City, tha Colca Canyon and Chivay.

Is Arequipa open during the Pandemic?

Arequipa's attractions has been closed for many months due to the Covid-19. However, it's now open to visitors. We suggest that you contact us first to have further information.

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