Top choice in Arequipa

This tranquil neighborhood makes for a pleasant, walkable excursion, with a mirador (lookout) as its centerpiece providing excellent views of Arequipa and El Misti through arches inscribed with poetry. To get here, go west on Puente Grau over the namesake bridge, and take the first right along Francisco Bolognesi hugging the park. Take the first left on Cuesta del Ángel and continue four blocks to Plaza Yanahuara with its church and mirador.

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1. Iglesia San Juan Bautista

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This small church in Yanahuara dates from 1750. The highly venerated Virgen de Chapi was moved here after the 2001 earthquake destroyed the church it was…

2. Convento y Museo de la Recoleta


Bibliophiles will delight in this musty monastery's huge library, which contains more than 20,000 dusty books and maps; the oldest volume dates to 1494…

3. Museo Histórico Municipal

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The historical trajectory of both Arequipa and Peru is showcased in this educational, if unexciting, museum, split into different rooms dedicated to…

4. Monasterio de Santa Catalina

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This convent shouldn’t be missed, even if you’ve overdosed on colonial edifices. Occupying a whole block and guarded by imposing high walls, it is one of…

5. Iglesia de San Francisco

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Originally built in the 16th century, this church has been badly damaged by several earthquakes. It still stands in its sillar (white volcanic rock)-brick…

6. Callejón del Solar

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This magical neighborhood lane is Arequipa's most picturesque with radiant white sillar (volcanic rock) houses – people really live here – and pavers,…

7. Casa de Moral

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This stylized baroque house built in 1730 is named after the 200-year-old mulberry tree in its central courtyard. Owned by the bank BCP since 2003 it is…