The Historical Center of Arequipa has been considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2000. In this beautiful space, the prestigious and striking colonial architecture is combined -with its more than 500 mansions around with the characteristic Arequipa architectural finishes made on the basis of ashlar (a white stone, derived from volcanic rock) to dazzle you from the first moment you walk through its streets and you can appreciate this art in the first person.
What to do in the Historical Center of Arequipa?
You can enjoy the»picanterías», with its fulling mills and clay pots. A chupe de camarones, Ocopa, Rocoto Relleno, among others, are the dishes that you should not miss out on during your visit to the ‘White City’.
As you walk through its streets and are dazzled by the imposing Misti volcano.
From walks through the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral of Arequipa, or visiting various museums such as the Museo Santuarios Andinos and Casa Museo Villalobos; to visit the most emblematic religious spaces such as the San Agustín church, the Compañía de Jesús church and the San Francisco church, monastery and square.
Remember that these buildings full of spirituality not only have a sentimental value: they also have a historical and artistic value, due to the antiquity of their constructions, implements and objects inside.
Also you can enjoy the historic neighborhood of San Lázaro, the oldest in Arequipa, which will seem like one of the most picturesque places on earth: its narrow streets, built almost entirely in ashlar, make this place the preferred destination. of the photographers.
And if you want to get to know Arequipa from within, a visit to the San Camilo market, so you can enjoy the idiosyncrasy of the friendly people of Arequipa. It will be everything you need on your trip.