The Plaza de Armas, one of the largest and most beautiful of Peru, is the center of the city and where most of the social life happens for locals and visitors of Arequipa.
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In the Colca Valley can be found two nationalities clearly identified by their hats. The Collaguas, natives of origin Aymara, live in the high parts of the valley dedicated to raise camels and sheep, their hats are white decorated with colored sequins and made of a hard material.
The town of Callalli is located on the top of Colca, place of connection for different paths that lead to Cusco and Puno. It´s also the starting point for some of the adventure activities that take place at this area, such as hiking and mountain biking. Callalli´s people are expert traders of craft, commerce, potato… Read more »
The Colca Valley is one of the great destinations to practice extreme sports, including mountain bike. Most of the activities offered in Chivay are related to condors bird watching and the canyon. But more foreigners are looking for experience that have to do more with nature, sports and local communities. With MTB you can combine… Read more »
In one corner of the main square stands a beautiful baroque style church built by the Jesuits. This temple that took 100 years to be built is the epitome of Arequipa architectural style and is one of the most beautiful churches of the city. It was began to raise in 1578, but an earthquake destroyed… Read more »
Sibayo is one of the most beautiful villages in the Colca Valley. Located on the upper part of Colca Valley, about 3850 meters over sea level and 40 minutes away from Chivay. It is also known as Rumillacta, or stone village. This name was given due to the construction features of their homes. Made of… Read more »
On the way to the Colca Valley, next to the Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca and vicuña populations, we find a small town called Patahuasi. It draws our attention to the bizarre rock formations, looking like huge cones hanging to the wall of a hill, which outline the blue sky. These formations created by… Read more »
Its full name is the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena of Arequipa. It is the only monastery in the whole world within which stands a citadel, whose streets are called by Spanish cities. Founded in the mid-sixteenth century by the Viceroy Francisco Toledo. The first prioress was the rich young Maria de Guzman, who… Read more »
Built in the sixteenth century, Arequipa´s Cathedral had a history full of ups and downs and other issues related to the earthquakes and fires that suffered over the centuries. Like many other monuments in the city, is built with “sillar” stone of volcanic origin and their style is Renaissance with Gothic influence, with a long… Read more »
Arequipa’s countryside, rich and always green, contrasts with Arequipa’s usually dry and arid environment. It is located in a broad valley, dominated by the Misti and Chachani volcanoes and crossed by the Misti River, important destination for adventure sports. It is the home of small villages of farmers, surrounded by willows and eucalyptus trees, and… Read more »