Arequipa

The White City

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Street Market Street Market 7,800 feet (2380 meter) above sea level in the scenic lap of the El Misti volcano rests Peru's second-largest city. Capital of the southern region of the same name, Arequipa has over 900,000 inhabitants and possesses a rich colonial history. The glistening white volcanic stone buildings of its historic center, declared a UNESCO world heritage site, have earned it the nickname of La Ciudad Blanca (The White City) and, coupled with its numerous other attractions, lure over one million visitors to the city each year. It's also known as the City of the Eternal Blue Sky thanks to its dry, sunny climate with only moderate rainfall January to March and temperatures between 50°F (10 °C) and 77°F (25 °C).

Arequipa was founded on the 15th of August, 1540 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro's emissary Garcí Manuel de Carbajal, but archaeological evidence shows that the fertile valley was inhabited as early as 6000 BC by Aymara Indians who were later conquered by the Incas. Thanks to its agricultural products and its position along the route of the silver-laden caravans journeying from Potosí, Bolivia, to the port of Quilca, the city became an important trade center and would later be a stronghold of nationalism during Peru's fight for independence in the early 1800s. Nearly leveled in 1868 by an earthquake, Arequipa nevertheless survived and has produced many of the country's most significant intellectual, political and religious figures. Today it is Peru's second most industrialized city and continues to function as a leading center of commerce.

Cathedral and Plaza de Armas Cathedral and Plaza de Armas Arequipa's impressive colonial architecture, beautiful countryside and delectable cuisine have transformed it into the third most-visited city of Peru. Its ornate colonial churches, religious convents and mansions are a lovely expression of the unique cultural fusion of European and Andean traditions that took place here, and which can best be appreciated in the elaborate Cathedral, the Santa Catalina Convent's miniature walled town, and the sumptuous interior of the Church of the Compañía. Arequipa's rural outskirts are equally charming with their pre-Columbian agricultural terraces, well-preserved colonial buildings, natural hot springs, and mouthwatering picanterías (restaurants serving traditional food). It is also possible to climb El Misti and the two other volcanoes whose peaks dominate the landscape, Chachani and Pichu Pichu, and a visit to the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world, will take your breath away.

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Calle Puente Bolognesi 129, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 9.0
At the Hotel Los Tambos travelers will find beautiful modern accommodations in the heart of the White City just half a block from the...
from USD 89 per night
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Urb. Cabaña María E- 4, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
The Cabaña María Inn offers modern accommodations in a pleasant residential neighborhood of the city of Arequipa. Its 11 guest rooms...
from USD 40 per night
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Calle Luna Pizarro 103, Vallecito, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Dreams Hotel Boutique is a trendy boutique hotel in downtown Arequipa's Vallecito neighborhood, well-known for its green areas and...
from USD 42 per night
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Calle La Merced 131, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 6.0
The Portal La Merced is located in a stately mansion with a white façade on the charming Calle La Merced, less than one block from...
from USD 14 per night
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Calle San Jose 207, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Casona Plaza is situated centrally in Arequipa, very close to the city's main plaza. The hotel's guest rooms feature a rustic décor...
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Andrés Martínez 415, Vallecito, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 9.0
Boasting an impressive façade, the building in which the Inkanto Hotel Boutique is housed is an eloquent expression of the...
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Calle San Agustín 316-318, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Posada del Solar is an attractive boutique guest house set right next to the large and modern La Marina Shopping Center. Arequipa's...
from USD 32 per night
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Avenida Mariscal Benavides 205, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Surrounded by the green of the Selva Alegre Park and the property's garden, guests at La Fuente Arequipeña benefit from a privileged...
from USD 41 per night
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Oscar Benavides 317-A, Yanahuara, Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 9.0
Located in a quiet and peaceful residential area, yet within walking distance of the tourist attractions of downtown Arequipa, Mama...
from USD 45 per night
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Pasaje Violin 100-102, San Lazaro, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 7.0
Maison Du Soleil in Arequipa offers twenty well-equipped guest rooms with salmon-colored bedspreads, carpeted flooring, private...
from USD 49 per night
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Gomez Sanchez 208, Vallecito, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
The Royal Village is a small guest house situated in the Vallecito neighborhood of downtown Arequipa, just a ten-minute walk from the...
from USD 30 per night
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Calle Melgar 417, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Located in a fully restored 18th-century colonial mansion, the Villa Melgar Hostal offers clean guest rooms distributed throughout its...
from USD 19 per night
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Avenida San Martín 124, Downtown Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
Featuring a sleek yet warm ambience, Hostal El Turista is a charming lodging property in downtown Arequipa containing a dozen...
from USD 40 per night
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Cruz Verde 224, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
La Casona de Palacio Viejo is housed in an impressive, pale-blue colonial-style building with white trimming, just a few minutes walking...
from USD 49 per night
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Mariscal Benavides 215, Alto Selva Alegre, Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Villa del Carmen is housed in a stately colonial-style two-story mansion set in the grounds of Selva Alegre Park. It features a...
from USD 49 per night
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Portal de Flores 102, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 7.0
The Arequipa Suites Plaza Hostal offers budget accommodations right on Arequipa's central square. Its 14 immaculate rooms are cozy and...
from USD 26 per night
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Malecon Chili 9759, Vallecito, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 9.5
Situated in the residential Vallecito neighborhood, the Alwa Hotel Boutique offers 3-star accommodations with views of the verdant...
from USD 54 per night
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Andres Martinez 407, Vallecito, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Set in a splendid light-blue home, the Paraiso Inn offers elegantly designed and spacious boutique-style accommodations in downtown...
from USD 20 per night
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Calle Santa Marta 207, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Review Score 8.0
The colonial architecture and traditional ambiance of the Hostal Santa Marta charms visitors as soon as they cross the threshold into...
from USD 22 per night
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Calle Rivero 641, Downtown Arequipa, Peru
Based in a quiet location near the Selva Alegre park and with views of the El Misti volcano, Hostal Mirasol offers tastefully appointed...
from USD 30 per night
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This is a zero-star hotel.
Probably due to the type of accommodation, this hotel or vacation rental has not been evaluated by existing star rating systems. The stars for this property are therefore awarded by Pacarama based on its expertise and knowledge of the hotel market in Peru and Chile.
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