Attractions

Monastery in Arequipa

Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Even if you’re overdosed on colonial edifices, this convent shouldn’t be missed. 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…
Cathedral in Arequipa

La Catedral

On the Plaza de Armas, this building stands out for its stark white sillar and massive size – it is the only cathedral in Peru that stretches the length of a plaza. It also has a history of stretching up from the as…
Church in Arequipa

Iglesia de La Compañía

If Arequipa’s cathedral seems too big, an interesting antidote (proving that small can be beautiful) is this diminutive Jesuit church on the southeast corner of the Plaza de Armas. The facade is an intricately carve…
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…
Monastery in Arequipa

Monasterio 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…
Area in Arequipa

Yanahuara

The peaceful neighborhood of Yanahuara makes a diverting excursion from the city center. It's within walking distance: go west on Av Puente Grau over the Puente Grau bridge, and continue on Av Ejército for half…
Museum in Arequipa

Museo Histórico Municipal

Arequipa’s and Peru’s historical trajectory is showcased in this educational, if unexciting museum, split into different rooms dedicated to different epochs. There’s pre-Hispanic, the independence era, the republic …
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 vot…
Museum in Arequipa

Museo Arqueológico Chiribaya

Opened in 2008, the Museo Arqueológico Chiribaya houses an impressive collection of artifacts from the pre-Incan Chiribaya civilization, including well-preserved textiles and the only pre-Inca gold collection in sou…
Church in Arequipa

Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel

In the inner suburb of Cayma you’ll find the eye-catching Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel, dating from 1730. For a tip, the church warden may take you up the small tower, which has panoramic views. To reach Cayma fro…