Arequipa: much more than the Colca Canyon

Arequipa: much more than the Colca Canyon

When you think of Peru, surely Arequipa will not be within your first thoughts. Certainly, this beautiful city has been overshadowed by other destinations such as Machu Picchu specials, Lima, the Nazca lines or even the Colca Canyon, one of the main attractions in the area.  But this city has a lot to offer. In this article we will show you 3 powerful reasons to visit Arequipa and enjoy the White City.

1.- YOUR RICH COLONIAL AND INDIGENOUS HISTORY
If you like history and architecture Arequipa is the perfect destination. First, the historic center of Arequipa was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. This denomination won because it is built in ashlar, which are white stones carved, and the beautiful architecture with which it is built.
In Arequipa, you can also find a lot of museums. Among these stands out the Museo Santuarios Andinos (La Merced Street half a block from the Plaza de Armas), which shows archaeological treasures of the Andean indigenous culture and also houses the famous mummy “Juanita”, an Inca mummy found in the snowy Ampato It was preserved in a fantastic way.

Another museum that stands out is the Santa Teresa Monastery and Art Museum, located at # 303 Melgar Street. This museum shows the collection of objects and colonial art of the community of nuns who reside in this place, who even continue to use the dependencies.
If you want to have a different picture, you can visit Mundo Alpaca. In this fabric shop / factory / museum you can buy alpaca clothes and see several species of camelids that they have to see. In addition, you can visit the Sillar Quarries, where you can see hieroglyphs and large carvings on the white stone that was the basis for the construction of Arequipa.

2.- A CITY FULL OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
One of the great attractions of this area of ​​Peru is the Colca Canyon, which is one of the deepest canyons in the world, but Arequipa has much more to offer.
For those who do not know this city, Arequipa is surrounded by a mountain range, where two summits stand out: the Misti volcano and the Chachani volcano. From the city you can take excursions to climb both craters, where you can have an unparalleled view of the entire Arequipa countryside.

If you love water sports, this city gives you the possibility of rafting on the Chili River. With class IV rapids, you can experience the adrenaline of rafting and see the beauty of the Chilina Valley.

3.- A UNIQUE GASTRONOMY
As we all know, Peru has one of the most tasty and diverse cuisines in the world. Arequipa is the area with the greatest culinary diversity in the whole country, thanks to the wide range of products produced in its countryside. Some researches have registered 194 varieties of typical dishes: 40 entries, 11 sucks or lunches, 11 broths, 70 stews or seconds, 51 desserts, sweet and salty, and 11 drinks.

Dishes such as chupe de camarones, rocoto relleno, ocopa arequipeña, guinea pig, various peppers and soups will leave you wanting to visit this beautiful city again. But if you are more adventurous and want to try exotic foods, you can eat Zarza de sencca (sencca is the cow and bull’s eye), Zarza de patitas, Zarsa de criadillas (testicles of the bull), udder ravaged.

If you have a gourmet spirit and want to taste the local food from a modern perspective, you can dine at Restaurant Chicha, owned by the well-known Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio located in Santa Catalina 210 next to the convent of the same name.

If your thing is to mix with the locals, you should go to the picanterías. In these popular restaurants you can try first hand the food of Arequipa. If you like the idea, our recommendation is La Nueva Palomino, located at Leoncio Prado 122, a place frequented by locals and with a lot of tradition.

In summary:
1-What you should not miss: The Historical Center and the various museums of the City
2-What you should not miss: Ascent to one of the volcanoes (Misti or Chachani) or rafting on the Chili River
3-What you should definitely try: La Ocopa Arequipeña in a picanteria
4-What is the best time to go ?: All year round
5-How can I get there ?: Land and airway (International Airport)
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