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Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Monasterio de Santa Catalina

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 the most fascinating religious buildings in Peru. Nor is...

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Chicha

Peru’s most famous chef, Gastón Acurio, owns this experimental place where the menu closely reflects Peru’s Inca-Spanish roots. River prawns are a highlight in season (April to December), but Acurio prepares...

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Salamanto

The innovative, wonderfully plated contemporary Peruvian creations at Salamanto bolster Arequipa's reputation as a foodie destination. The five-dish degustation is unmissable with mushroom and pistachio mousse,...

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La Nueva Palomino

An unmissable local favorite, this long-running picantería has old-world formal service but a casual atmosphere that turns boisterous even during the week when family groups descend to eat generous servings of...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Arequipa

Museo Santuarios Andinos

There’s an escalating drama to this theatrically presented museum, dedicated to the preserved body of a frozen ‘mummy,’ and its compulsory guided tour (free, but a tip is expected at the end). Spoiler: the climax...

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Zig Zag

Upscale but not ridiculously pricey, Zig Zag is a Peruvian restaurant with European inflections. It inhabits a two-story colonial house with an iron stairway designed by Gustave Eiffel (wow, that man must have...

Top ChoiceBasilica in Arequipa

Museo de la Catedral

A must for visitors who want to see more of Arequipa's cathedral, the included 45-minute bilingual tour of this 'museum' is actually a peek at the inner workings of the basilica, with an explanation of the...

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Yanahuara

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...

Top ChoiceMicrobrewery in Arequipa

Chelawasi Public House

Arequipa's first craft-beer bar is a modern but unpretentious pub in the village-like San Lázaro area. The burgers, wings and hand-cut fries are excellent for pacing yourself. New to craft beer? Chelawasi's...

Cathedral in Arequipa

La Catedral

This beautiful building on the Plaza de Armas stands out for its stark white sillar (volcanic rock) and massive size – it's the only cathedral in Peru that stretches the length of a plaza. It also has a history...

Monastery in Arequipa

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. Scholarship was an integral part of the Franciscans’ order;...

Church in Arequipa

Iglesia de La Compañía

If Arequipa’s cathedral seems too big, an interesting antidote is this diminutive Jesuit church on the southeast corner of the Plaza de Armas. Proving that small can be beautiful, its facade is an intricately...

Square in Arequipa

Plaza de Armas

Arequipa’s main plaza, unblemished by modern interference, is a museum of the city’s sillar (volcanic rock) architecture – white, muscular and aesthetically unique. Impressive colonnaded balconies line three...

Museum in Arequipa

Museo de Arte Virreinal de Santa Teresa

This gorgeous 17th-century Carmelite convent is open to the public as a living museum. The colonial-era buildings are justifiably famed for their decorative painted walls and restored rooms filled with priceless...

Peruvian in Arequipa

Zingaro

Culinary legends are made in this leading font of gastronomic innovation, an ideal place to try outnouveau renditions of Peruvian standards including alpaca ribs, ceviche, or perhaps your first cuy (guinea pig)....

Peruvian in Arequipa

Victoria Picantería

Arequipa's picanterías (informal local restaurants) are traditionally communal, and you might be encouraged here to sit at long tables alongside strangers to compare notes on the artfully served alpaca steaks and...

Neighborhood in Arequipa

Callejón del Solar

This magical neighborhood lane is Arequipa's most picturesque with radiant white sillar (volcanic rock) houses – people really live here – and pavers, trellis-covered park benches and pots spilling over with...

Peruvian in Arequipa

Hatunpa

With the spud as its star ingredient, Hatunpa's cuisine is surprisingly tasty. The trick? Potatoes originate in Peru and the arequipeños know how to embellish the varied varieties with imaginative sauces and...

Pizza in Arequipa

Las Gringas

This pizza cafe stands out for its secluded small courtyard and veggie-friendly pizzas that include interesting bases like gluten-free maíz morado (purple corn), rice, quinoa and yucca cassava. Tasty toppings...

Gallery in Arequipa

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Arequipa

Set in a wonderfully restored casona (large house) and garden dating back to the founding of Arequipa itself in 1540, this museum's small, changing collection of contemporary art by arequipeño and international...