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Arequipa

HIGHLIGHTS

The Cathedral: The construction of this church began in 1544, predominantly in the neoclassic style, with three naves, enormous columns, a great Belgian organ and a French neo-gothic pulpit. It was gutted by fire in 1844, it was then rebuilt and damaged again by the 1868 earthquake.  Most of what you see today is what has been rebuilt. It has splendid treasures of gold and silverwork, such as two monstrances of gold and precious stones. The interior is simple and airy, with a luminous quality, and the high vaults are uncluttered. It also has an international flair since both the altar and the 12 columns (symbolizing the 12 Apostles) are made of Italian marble.  

Santa Catalina’s Monastery: The Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena, or Convent of Santa Catalina, is a religious building located in the historical center of Arequipa. We believe it is the most fascinating religious complex in Peru. Its architectonic style is mainly colonial; visitors can enjoy walking through the colorful narrow streets and merged into the meditative atmosphere of the place.

Colca Canyon: 
The fabulous Colca Canyon is reached via three packed dirt roads. All leave from the city of Arequipa and lead to the town of Chivay, crossing the Salinas and Aguada Blanca national reserves. The shortest road (148 km or 4 hours) is the recommended one since it is in good condition. Perhaps one of the major attractions of the area is its spectacular terracing, considered among the most extensive in southern Peru. The possibility of observing the flight of the condor in its native habitat, and the impressive scenery of one of the most beautiful spots on Earth make the Colca Canyon one of the most important travel destinations in the southern Andes.

WEATHER

At an altitude over 7546 feet above sea level, the city of Arequipa has a predominantly dry, semi-arid and temperate climate. This gives unique features such as presence of the sun 300 days of the year, low rainfall, average relative humidity of 46% and temperatures not exceeding 77°F. June and July are the coldest months of the year and minimum temperatures around 41°F, especially in the morning. However, they are perceived with less intensity by the dry weather.

WHERE TO EAT

Tradiciones Arequipeñas Restaurant: It is a “picantería” located a few kilometers from Arequipa city, Paucarpata. It has a beautiful view of the Misti Vulcan from the second floor. It is a tourist picantería nonetheless the welcoming simplicity keeps showing the typical places of the region. 
Address:  Av. Dolores, 111 Paucarpata – Arequipa 

Chicha Restaurant: owned by Peru most famous Chef, Gaston Acurio, this restaurant offers a unique culinary proposal in town. It serves traditional Peruvian food in a colonial atmosphere.
Address: Calle Santa Catalina 210 interior 105, Arequipa 

Ocopa Restaurant: The Ocopa restaurant keeps his recipes from generation to generation; travelers and locals taste its exquisite dishes. Comfortable place with a long tradition in its cuisine, excellent for family trip.
Address: Plaza de Yanahuara, Arequipa

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