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Arequipa is one of the most important cities in Peru, not only for its tourist attractions but also for the warmth of its people and its rich cuisine. It is undoubtedly one of the best tourist destinations to travel to.

About land transportation: In Arequipa, you can move around the city without much hassle as you will find a plethora of modes of transportation such as taxis, buses, trains, shared taxis, and even motorcycle taxis (3-wheeler motorcycles that run short distances in some parts of the city).

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Information About Arequipa

Arequipa2335 m.a.s.lWarm, windy and dry

Arequipa Facts

AnniversaryBest time to visitMain destinations from Arequipa
August 15thAugust, September and OctoberLima, Cusco, Piura, Tacna

About Arequipa

The name Arequipa comes from the Quechua word “ari-que-pay”, which 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, which (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 metropolises of higher economic, cultural and touristic importance inside the country.

Bus Companies in Arequipa


Address: Arturo Ibañez Avenue, Counter B 14-15 (Arequipa Bus Terminal) 

Telephone: 958-973-052 / 054-432-208

Civa is one of the most popular bus companies in the country, as you can find bus tickets to almost any city in Peru. Civa offers departures from Arequipa to Lima, Ica, Cusco, among others.


Address: Arturo Ibañez Avenue, Counter C 18 (Arequipa Bus Terminal) 

Telephone: 054-422718 

Transzela offers the land transportation service, mainly throughout the south. For that reason, Transzela offers routes from Arequipa to Puno, Juliaca, Cusco, among others.


Address: Arturo Ibañez Avenue, Interior 20 (Arequipa Bus Terminal) 

Telephone: 992886522

Waybus starts as a cargo company, but due to the demand, the bus company offers daily departures from Arequipa to Lima and Tacna nowadays.

Most Popular Routes from Arequipa

Travel from Arequipa is very simple, as it has a great terminal where almost all the bus companies depart from. Some of the most popular destinations from Arequipa are:

Arequipa to Lima: The capital is one of the most important destinations from Arequipa, as it connects two of the most representative cities in Peru. You can find bus tickets for 60 soles.

Arequipa to Cusco: Route that connects two of the favorite cities for national and international tourists. The travel time is 10 hours approximately.

Arequipa to Ica: You can trave l and enjoy Ica's warm weather from Arequipa by bus. Many bus operators cover this route, but Civa and Excluciva have the most daily departures.

Most Popular Routes to Arequipa

Arequipa is a destination that attracts tourists from all over Peru, thanks to its cuisine, tourist places, history, and the welcoming treat of its people. Some of the most popular routes with Arequipa as a destination are:

Lima to Arequipa: The capital is the main departure point to travel to Arequipa. Thanks to the wide variety of options, you can find bus tickets for 60 soles.

Camana to Arequipa: You can travel from Camana to Arequipa on short 3 hours trips. Arequipa is the departure point to travel to many destinations in Peru. For that reason, passengers from nearby cities travel to Arequipa in order to travel to another city.

Cusco to Arequipa: Two touristic destinations are connected by this route. The travel time for this route is 10 hours approximately.

How to reach Arequipa?

By land: Arequipa is a city located on the high coast of Peru, so it is easy to reach from various locations. From Lima, it takes 17 hours approximately. In addition, Arequipa is a business and commercial center, so cities like Puno, Cusco, Tacna, and Moquegua are very popular destinations from Arequipa.

Arequipa Weather

Best time to visit Arequipa

The best time to visit Arequipa is in August due to the nice weather and its when the foundation festival takes place.

Climate in Arequipa

-The region’s climate is semi-arid and temperate, with a rainy season from January to March-The maximum temperature is 71 °F (22 °C) and the minimum is 41 °F (5 °C).

The things to do in Arequipa

Arequipa is known as the legal capital of Peru and also known as the "White City". This name comes from the style of the city's arquitecture using a white volcanic stone as the main material to build. Arequipa is one of the biggest cities in Peru and it's as well ranked 3rd destination of the country for its tourism. We advice you to visit the majestic Cathedral of Arequipa, the church of San Domingo and the Santa Catalina monastery.Arequipa is also known as the “White City”, because most of its historic monuments are of block of stone (a white stone of volcanic origin). In this beautiful city you will get to know the lovely Plaza de Armas (main square), a historical Cathedral and streets and mansions of colonial architectural style. Don’t you miss one of the most important religious constructions in Peru, the Santa Catalina Monastery. In the outskirts of the city you will appreciate the magnificent volcano Misti and if you’re adventure spirit is high, take a tour to the Colca canyon, considered one of the deepest in the world.
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Accomodations in Arequipa

Hospedaje el Caminante Class
Location: 207, Av. Santa Catalina /
Price: 15 soles and up
Dormitory bedrooms from 15 soles per person, located next to the main square. It’s a special feature that you will enjoy appetizing breakfasts on their patio home style. As their slogan says: “You will feel at home, even if you are far from your house.
Posada Misti
Location: 204, Calle Alvarez Thomas /
Price: 15 soles and up
Dormitory-style bedrooms with 6-9 beds, family atmosphere, and wifi. What else would you demand?
Dragonfly Hostels Arequipa
Location: Consuelo street with Alvarez Thomas streetRate: Shared room from s/ 35 – Private room from s/ 85Dragonfly Hostels offers a beautiful experience of lodging for all travelers. The place has several games and colorful rooms to share as well as the private rooms, to start well the day. The visitor will have free wifi, shower with warm water, hotel transfer and reception desk 24h a day.

Important dates in Arequipa

Carnival in Camaná(February - March)It’s one of the most popular and cheerful carnivals of the Peruvian central south; the locals go through the streets singing huachanacos, which are challenge folk songs, that test the creativity and slyness of the participatings at the moment of improvising the verses.
Virgen de Chapi(May the 1st to the 10th)This date the Purificación Virgin or Chapi Virgin is adored going through the Arequipa dessert in procession
Cotahuasi Anniversary(May the 4th)It’s one of the most important festivals of the province, where there are bullfights, dance competitions, and the locals organize visits to different tourist places of the region.
Anniversary of Arequipa city(August)During this month there are several celebrations that commemorate the Anniversary of Arequipa. We stand out the festival of the International Fair of Arequipa (located in the Cerro Juli) and the International Competition of the Misti Ascent. There are as well handicraft exhibitions in the Fundo El Fierro and the Festival de Danzas Festidanza. The main day is August the 15th, celebrated with a plunder who traverses the whole city.
Fiesta de Santa Úrsula(October the 21st)This popular and traditional festival is celebrated with the entrance of capos, burning of the yareta (a plant), pyrotechnic spectacles, masses and processions. There are also bullfights with Spanish novice bullfighter and cockfightings.
Inmaculada Concepción(December from the 7th to the 10th)It’s a peculiar festival where, after December the 8th, men are dressed up with female costumes to dance with women in a unusual dance. You can use this festival to get to know the 16 churches of Baroque style of the Colca valley, enjoy the thermal waters of La Calera, immerge yourself on the beautiful farming floors of the second deepest canyon of the world and contemplate on the sky the always majestic and enigmatic Andean condor.


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