Arequipa is without a doubt, the second most important city in the country, both for its demographic amount and for its levels of economic development, currently being a hub of economic development in southern Peru. Its greatest economic income is made up of industrial, agricultural and livestock activities; It stands out in the production of export-quality camelid wool textiles, and is also one of the most important departments in milk production. In addition, this city has an exquisite and varied gastronomy, and is endowed with an excellent tourist infrastructure, which has allowed it, on occasions, to host the most important national and international events.
Arequipa, in Quechua Ari-quepay (if you stay), has a wide range of tourist attractions, from its architectural monuments such as temples, monasteries, and mansions built with ashlar stone. For its part, the Arequipeño landscape has an extraordinary beauty that captivates and attracts locals and strangers. To the beauty of its countryside is added the beauty of its volcanic mountains (Misti, Chachani, Pichupichu), forming part of the Volcanic Mountain Range. Among its main attractions are the Arequipa Cathedral, the temple and convent of the Society of Jesus, the Santa Catalina Monastery (“a small city within a city”), old mansions such as the Moral mansion and the Goyeneche house, and the impressive Colca and Cotahuasi canyons.
Precisely because of the form of construction – of its buildings and monuments – with sillar (volcanic lava stone), Arequipa is known as the “White City”.
It was founded on August 15, 1540, and recognized by UNESCO as a cultural heritage of humanity in the year 2000.
How to Get to Arequipa
Land: The main road is the South Pan-American Highway (Lima – Arequipa). The trip lasts approximately 14 hours. by bus; 1009 km of travel.
From the city of Lima there are interprovincial ground transportation services to this city.
Air: Arequipa has perfect air communication with different regions of Peru. There are daily air flights from Lima to the Alfredo Chávez Ballón airport (approximately 1 hour); this airport is located 25 min. from the city of Arequipa.
There are also links with other regions of the country, among them we have:
Cusco (30 minutes approx).
Tacna (30 minutes approx).
Juliaca (30 minutes approx).
In addition, there are scheduled flights to Bolivia (La Paz and Santa Cruz), and Chile (Arica, Iquique and Santiago).
The airlines: Lan Airlines, Peruvian Airlines, Taca International, offer daily flights.
Railway: This region has an extensive railway network that connects the cities of Arequipa – Juliaca – Puno – Cuzco and Quillabamba.
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