Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Arequipa

Monasterio de Santa Catalina

This convent shouldn’t be missed, even if you’re 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 it j…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Cañón Del Colca

Cruz del Cóndor

This famed viewpoint is for many the highlight of their trip to the Cañón del Colca. A large family of Andean condors nests by the rocky outcrop and, with lots of luck, they can occasionally be seen gliding effortle…
Top Choice Museum 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 is…
Top Choice Basilica 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 impressiv…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Cabanaconde

Mirador de San Miguel

The spectacular views here are a highlight of Cabanaconde, taking in the mountain range, with the villages resembling specks of white dust clinging to its ragged surface, and the canyon below, including the blue-gre…
Top Choice Neighbourhood in Arequipa

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 here, …
Historic Site in Arequipa & Canyon Country

Toro Muerto Petroglyphs

A fascinating, mystical site in the high desert, Toro Muerto (meaning ‘Dead Bull’) is named for the herds of livestock that commonly died here from dehydration as they were escorted from the mountains to the coast. …
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 of r…
Lake in Arequipa & Canyon Country

Laguna de Salinas

This salt lake 4300m above sea level becomes a white salt flat during the dry months of May to December. Its size and the amount of water in it vary each year depending on the weather. During the rainy season (Janua…
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; th…