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Travel by Bus from Arequipa to Mollendo

The road journey from Arequipa to Mollendo is pleasant and relaxing. At redBus, we work with different bus companies that operate on this route with well-maintained buses and experienced drivers. Although the travel time varies from one bus operator to another because of traffic and climatic conditions, our continuous availability of bus services between Arequipa and Mollendo reduces uncertainty and offers convenience for travelers.

Why book a Arequipa to Mollendo bus with redBus?

You can also time-to-time redBus offers while booking your bus tickets online from Arequipa to Mollendo. Follow a simple, fast and secure bus booking procedure. This helps save time and also helps to create a joyful travel experience!

About Arequipa

The name Arequipa comes from the quechua word “ari-que-pay”, that refers to a legend about the inca Mayta Cápac; in the legend his subjects, impressed by the beauty of the place, asked him to stay and the inca answered: “yes, stay” (ari-que-pay).In the inca period the incas left the Arequipa territory in search of new places to conquer. The official foundation of the city took place in 1540, by the Spanish who arrived there to take advantage of the mines of the area in the colonial period.The city prospered quickly due to its advisable location in the mining transit path, becoming the most important commercial city, and standing out for its loyalty to the Spanish crown.During the republic, Arequipa was the place where concentrated most of the uprisings and social and political conflicts, what (later on time) would deserve its title of “Hero city of the free people of Arequipa”. Nowadays the city of Arequipa is one of the metropolis of higher economic, cultural and touristic importance inside the country.

About Mollendo

Molledo is a city in the Department of Arequipa. It is located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and 85km from the city of Arequipa. It has the most important port in the southern part of Peru: Matarani. Its main tourist attraction is the various beaches found on its boardwalk. It has an important role in communicating cities since it is the initial station of the southern railway connecting Arequipa, Cuzco, Puno and Juliaca. About 20 km to the northeast, there is a large volcanic caldera about 5 km in diameter and to the north and south, other ancient extinct volcanoes can also be found. Its main attraction is its 35 km of wide and extensive beaches, one of the largest on the Peruvian coast.

Weather in Mollendo

Mollendo has an average annual temperature of 20 degrees C. During the months of November to March, its temperature can rise to around 25 ° C, while in the months of April to October its temperature can drop to 15 ° C. At night, it is generally cooler, so if you have a plan to go out, it is always advisable to bring a coat even though you are in a beach destination.

Mollendo Hotels

Mollendo is a good choice to go spend a few days. Its climate and its more than 30 km of beach are a very pleasant plan to relax on a weekend. In addition to enjoying the warmth, the sand and its sea, you can find an excellent fresh variety in its maritime gastronomy. Mollendo does not have a large hotel infrastructure, You can find 2-star hotels, even passing through hotels, but its proximity to the city of Arequipa, helps if what you are looking for is more standard, you can move at night to the city of the Misti Volcano.

Restaurants and Bars in Mollendo

The proximity with the city of Arequipa, makes the gastronomy of Mollendo not have much difference to the city of the Misti Volcano. A positive point is that if you are looking for freshness in maritime dishes, sitting in Mollendo is a great decision, due to being a coastal city, all seafood is obtained the same day. You will find many small restaurants on the way where you can taste their delicacies.

Gastronomy in Mollendo

In the city of Mollendo, you will try delicious dishes such as:

- Shellfish

- Waffle pot

- Chollonco soup

Tourist places in Mollendo

● The Forga Castle: Built between 1908 and 1910. On August 30, 1986 it was declared a National Historic Monument. You can visit it, going to beaches 2 and 3, and it is located on top of a rocky promontory.

● Municipal Museum: Founded by the municipality of Islay, it seeks to study the Chiribaya culture, which inhabited this area, one of the few cultures shared with Chile

● Mollendo Historical Museum (House of Culture): The House of Culture wants to serve as a stimulus for the population and tourism. It concentrates a large collection of old photos of the port, life around 1900 and 1940. It is located in the old railway station.

● Ecological and Adventure Tourism Route: A walk along the extensive white sand beaches, inlets of calm and transparent waters. You will also be able to observe small islets inhabited by sea lions and birds.

Important dates of Mollendo

● February 26 - Arequipeño Carnival: Carnivals are one of the most visited festivals in Peru and Arequipa is no exception. This great event lasts 6 days and is characterized by the painted characters and the water games, in addition to the parades where they dance and play. Dance in particular has the objective of conquering women.

● March 24 - Holy Week in Arequipa: It lasts 7 days and one of the most important historical passages of the Christian religion is celebrated: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This week is celebrated on Holy Thursday, where Judas betrayed Jesus, as well as the tour of the 7 churches.

● May 01 - Virgen de Chapi: It is a very popular religious celebration in Arequipa. In fact, the Virgin of Chapi has been worshiped for approximately 3 centuries since her statue was found on the hill. On this day, a procession is made to the Polabaya district, where his temple is located.

● August 7 - Anniversary of the Spanish foundation of Arequipa: In a celebration that lasts 8 days, it is celebrated that in 1540 the city was founded by the Spanish. These days are full of joy, which is why different contests are held, including the Forged Iron Contest.

How to get around Mollendo?

To move in the city of Mollendo, the tourist has 2 options: public bus, commonly regulated by the municipality or authority in charge, or taxi, managed by a citizen who provides a service.

● Public bus: It is the most popular form of transportation within the city, as well as being very economical. The rate, also called passage, does not usually rise from S / 3 per person. The public bus has different stops where it picks up passengers, so the trip can be a little slow.

● Taxi: This is the fastest way of transportation within the city. It has no whereabouts, so it goes straight to the desired destination. You can be contacted on the avenue itself, by calling a company or through an application. The rate here is usually higher, usually exceeding S / 5.

How to get to Mollendo?

● Mollendo by bus: Traveling to Mollendo by bus is a great possibility. The travel time depends on the place of origin, if you depart from Arequipa it can take up to 2 hours in a Van.

● Mollendo by train: It is possible to travel by means of the South and South-East Railway, from Arequipa or even Cusco.

● Mollendo by plane: Mollendo does not have an airport, but it is possible to arrive by plane, stopping in Arequipa, arriving at the 'Teniente Fap International Airport. Alfredo Rodríguez Ballon '

Things to Buy in Mollendo

The most typical souvenirs that you can buy in Mollendo are:

- Crafts of the Forga Castle

- Caylloma fabrics

- Loncco birth

Mollendo Facts

Mollendo is the 2nd city with the most inhabitants in the Department of Arequipa, and it also constitutes the second economic focus of the region, since it has the Matarani port, which is the main port in southern Peru. With the Forga Castle, its climate and its variety of beaches, Mollendo is a great destination to spend a good weekend.

Operators going to the route Arequipa to Mollendo

You can get Van´s or Taxis that make the trip and the trip can cost from about 40 Soles.

In conclusion:

Mollendo will welcome you with an ideal climate to relax on its beaches. It is also a great destination for adventure or ecological tourism, where you can see sea lions and a wide variety of shorebirds. You will find history in its port and its railway and its castle, and you will be able to taste fresh maritime cuisine. For all this and more, we recommend that you visit the 2nd most important city in the department of Arequipa.


How can I buy my bus ticket online in Peru?

You can purchase a ticket for the bus of your choice to any destination in Peru by logging in to the official redBus site which is . This website is easy to use and you can buy your bus ticket in a matter of minutes.

How do I buy a bus ticket from Arequipa from Mollendo?

You can visit one of the terminals in Arequipa and visit the counter of the bus company of your choice, wait your turn in the attention queue, select the seat you want and buy your ticket. But if you prefer to avoid all that, you can simply enter and buy your bus ticket online in just 5 minutes and with the comfort of your home or office.

Should I print my bus ticket before boarding?

Yes, you must print it out before boarding, remember that all passengers will have to print their bus ticket that was sent to their email in PDF format and then be exchanged for a physical ticket at the counter of the bus company with which you are going to make the trip.

Can I reschedule my trip after buying my ticket?

Yes, you can, but this feature is limited to only a few bus companies in Peru. Please contact the bus company of your choice if you need to make any changes.

How can I pay for my bus fare on the redBus Web site?

At redBus we have several payment methods that we offer our customers. The most common for most of them are credit cards but you can check all of them on the home page of the site

Are there special offers or discounts in redbus for the route of Arequipa to Mollendo?

To make your trip cheaper, your discounts are here:

What is the distance between Arequipa and Mollendo?

The distance is 87 km

How long does it take to go from Arequipa to Mollendo?

Approximately the trip takes 2 hours

How many departures are there from Arequipa to Mollendo?

There are approximately 10 departures per day if you take into account that there are taxis that also offer their service

Which bus companies offer the route Arequipa to Mollendo?

At the moment it is only done with Van´s and private taxis.

Which bus companies have the most departures for the Arequipa to Mollendo?

There are currently no companies on redBus that offer this route.

From which bus terminals can I travel from Arequipa to Mollendo?

If there is any bus service, it must leave the Termianles de Arequipa:Terrestrial Terminal ArequipaTerrapuerto Arequipa

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