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Zingaro

In an old sillar building with wooden balconies, stained glass and a resident pianist, culinary legends are made. Zingaro is a leading font of gastronomic innovation, meaning it’s an ideal place to try out nouveau r…
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…
Peruvian in Arequipa

Chicha

Peru’s most famous chef, Gastón Acurio owns this wildly experimental place where the menu never veers far from Peru’s Inca-Spanish roots. River prawns are a highlight in season (April to December), but Acurio prepar…
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 …
Peruvian in Arequipa

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 (blimey, that bloke must have …