martes, 27 de febrero de 2018

Machu Picchu among the most photographed places of Instragram

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is among the 30 tourist attractions that have more images in the popular social network of Instragram.

According to #XperiaNewPerspectives, which lists the main places most widespread in the social network on photography, Machu Picchu would have about 745 thousand identical photographs in Instagram, occupying a remarkable 12th place.

First of all - as it could not be otherwise - is the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris (with 4.5 million images), followed by the London Big Ben (with almost 2.5 million photographs), and the Louvre Museum in Paris (with 1.7 million images).

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Before Machu Picchu, with positions 10 and 11, respectively, you will find the Roman Coliseum (860 thousand images) and the Statue of Liberty of New York (813 thousand pictures).

This news are others recognition for Cusco and especially for Machu Picchu, as a world-class tourist destination.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
February 2018

lunes, 26 de febrero de 2018

Flats and apartments for rent in Lima

One of the first things we must do if we are coming to Peru to live for a while -either for work, loving or other reasons- is to look for an apartment to have a personal space from which to organize ourselves.

In this case, we will focus on Lima, as the capital is by far the main destination of residence for foreign visitors. Gone are the days when you had to go and see the ads stuck on the supermarket boards.

Nowadays, in addition to the traditional rental pages, searching for an apartment by days or months can be done through applications such as Airbnb, which are gaining ground in recent years.

The positive point is that the conditions that can be found through the Airbnb website or application are quite clear and we can read the comments of the previous tenants, who will notify us in case of fraud or non-compliance with the conditions offered by the property.

Another option - perhaps not so reliable - but to which we can turn, are the growing number of Facebook groups. We will only have to type our search in relation to what we want and we will find all kinds of options. The groups are usually closed, but we only have to ask to be added to the community, something that is usually almost immediate.

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In Lima the best known -and therefore the most reliable- are (in spanish, but come on, we have at hand the great google translator and all people speak english):

Sharing a room in Lima

The renting of independent rooms or shared flats is another option that is gaining ground, especially among young people who are declining for cheaper accommodation.

It is also ideal for people who stay for a few months or who come for study or temporary work.

To share a room there is an application called Dadaroom, which is free but in which you will have to pay a small fee to highlight your ad or update it after 15 days.

As in apartment rental we have a number of Facebook groups that work well (as well in spanish):

To help future visitors we will leave a thread in our forum where we will announce the apartments and rooms for rent that we discover. Similarly, anyone renting or looking for an apartment in the city can use the forum to place their ad.

Good luck in the search!

Ricardo Armestar, Peru Travels Blog
February 2018

Nightlife in Arequipa

To finish our tour of the White City, and as we will surely be quite tired after having made the tours to the Colca Canyons, Cotahuasi, Misti Volcano and surroundings, we will propose you to relax and have a drink in the best nightlife places in Arequipa.

As in the previous post on hotels and restaurants, the nightlife in Arequipa is located in the outskirts of the Historic Center, so we do not have to go very far to find all the leisure options. Most of them are in San Francisco or Dolores Streets.

Best Nightlife Arequipa: Clubs, Pubs and Discos

Casona Forum

A classic of Arequipa's nightlife that is maintained over time is the Casona Forum, a building with several levels and three venues where you can eat baked pizzas, listen to salsa, electronic music or rock n' roll from the 80's and even play pool at the Zero Bar.

Le Café Art Montreal

Very close to Forum is Le Café Art Montreal, a small and cosy venue that has become another leisure classic in the city. With soft lighting and candles on their tables, they usually offer live music on weekends in a small stage at the back of the room. Perfect for a drink in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

Las Quenas

Las Quenas is a traditional club where you can listen to Creole music almost every night. With a fun atmosphere, you can also taste various dishes of Arequipa's food from 20.00 hours.

El Museo del Pisco

With a touch between classic and modern, the Museo del Pisco offers a great variety of macerated wines based on the Peruvian flag liqueur. An ideal place to have a few pisco sours, chilcanos of different flavors based on muña, coca leaf or even chili peppers, and listen to quiet music. They also offer some dishes of food and traditional Arequipa and international snacks.

Dèjá Vu

Dejá Vu Another of the classics of Arequipa's nightlife that has a huge terrace from where you can see the church of San Francisco. In the evenings they usually take Dj's from various parts of the world who liven up the evening well into the early morning. Free salsa and bachacha classes on Thursdays and Fridays.

Farren's Irish Bar

As in any good Irish pub, you can have a nice pint of Guinness beer while watching some Premier League match on the big screen. With a very international atmosphere it is a good option for a young audience that wants to have fun, sing and enjoy a happy-hour.

Ad Libitum

Ad Libitum is a quiet place where you can listen to music and enjoy a variety of cocktails based on pisco and other drinks. During the day we can also order one of its cheap ceviches, sandwiches or hamburgers, accompanied by a well frozen Arequipeña beer.


A lively place with a good variety of cocktails and macerated of piscos. The venue, bright and with a good atmosphere, has two floors, the top floor with a terrace with views. Some nights they perform live music performances.


This Arabic-style venue is a nice and quiet place with live music where you can have a few cocktails and chat with friends. It offers some Arabian dishes such as hummus, falafel or shawarma. They also offer for a modest price smoking in cachimba (aka narghile or shisha).

Karaoke Feel Your Voice

And for all karaoke fans there is an option where they can showcase their talent as singers! The karaoke Feel your Voice, which has several private rooms with sound and lighting equipment.

We hope that these recommendations can help you relax in Arequipa's nightlife. In the next post we follow our route to Lake Titicaca and the Andean city of Puno.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
February 2018

viernes, 23 de febrero de 2018

10 Best Restaurants in Arequipa

In previous post we have already highlighted the virtues of Arequipa as an ideal middle point in Peru to combine cultural tourism, trekking, know its valleys and even go down to nearby beaches.

The region of Arequipa has everything, and we will not have much time to enjoy its capital if we want to know the attractions of the Cotahuasi Canyon, Colca Canyon, Valley of the Volcanoes or surroundings.

However, if we arrive strongly reloaded in the city and want to go out for a good chicha or eat some of the dishes of its delicious gastronomy, we leave you some recommendations that can be useful. Something positive is that we can find all these premises a few meters from the Historic Center.

Where to eat

There are well known restaurants in Arequipa that offer a menu based on local ingredients and traditional dishes that are first class. Some of the best-known dishes of Arequipa cuisine are rocoto relleno, ocopa, guinea pig 'chactado', chairo, pebre, chupe de camarones (shrimp soup), or cauche. In the following map we include the 10 best restaurants, indicating in purple those that can surpass a price per person of S/100 and in orange those that are below that average amount.


Chicha, by the famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio, is located just a couple of blocks from the Plaza de Armas, in the Casona de Santa Catalina and a few steps from the homonymous convent. His food is centered on the traditional cuisine of Arequipa but with a touch of sophistication (characteristically in the seal of Acurio).

You can't miss your shrimp dishes, such as shrimp lollipops, ceviche or shrimp omelette, as well as stuffed rocoto, guinea pig or lamb stew. For dessert you can taste the typical frozen cheese of Arequipa.

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Zig Zag

Bordering the Monastery of Santa Catalina we find the restaurant Zig Zag, an Arequipa classic whose specialty is grilled meat on volcanic stone. A must-see dish is the trilogy of three charcoal grilled meats (cattle or beef, alpaca and lamb), in addition to other traditional dishes with Italian fusion, such as carpaccio, tabulé de tres quinuas or gnocchi de quinua with Amazonian pesto.

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La Trattoria del Monasterio

La Trattoria del Monasterio is another must-see of Arequipa cuisine whose premises are integrated into the architectural complex of the Monastery of Santa Catalina. If the place itself already induces abstraction and recollection, the dishes of Italian influence (engineered by the arch-known Gaston Acurio) are boccato di cardinale. In soups you can't miss shrimp lollipops and gorgonzola cauche, in addition to their pizzas, pastas like brasatto ravioli or salads.

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Sambambaia's is located a little further from the center, next to the Ovalo de Vallecito, but you can get there by taxi from the Historic Center in just 5 minutes. The elegant and classic restaurant offers Andean and Italian Novo food, with a good menu of meat and pizzas. On Thursdays there is also a very popular buffet for residents and tourists.

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Zingaro is located in a beautiful white volcanic ashlar building with vaulted ceilings, glass windows and even a pianist. It is a great option to eat meats, with dishes such as zingaro loin, alpaca strogonoff with quinoa croquettes, alpaca ribs, or fish such as trout or Amazon paiche. It has a good list of Latin American wines.

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If we want some cheaper restaurants we also have excellent alternatives such as another classic of the Arequipa's downtown, Crepisimo, a cultural coffee with bonfire that has terrace, board games and all kinds of stuffed crepes: from chicken chili, to stuffed rocoto crepe, with chicken in oriental sauce, to sweets with honey and pears. They also have juices, infusions, and even a 'Crepisimo' cocktail served in an ostrich egg.

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Hatunpa restaurant is born from an original idea, where the specialty of the house is the Andean potatoes cooked and served with shell, covered with typical Arequipa fillings (cheese casserole, bachelor cheese, stuffed rocoto, among others). The premises work with 25 types of native Peruvian potatoes and can be served with any other filling the customer may desire.

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El Buda Profano

We didn't want to stop recommending a vegan option for blog readers, that's why El Buda Profano is the best alternative in the city, besides with a kind of food that is gaining ground on national soil by leaps and bounds: Japanese food. You can try a variety of 100% vegan makis and traditional Japanese soups such as miso soup or gyozas.

La Nueva Palomino

La Nueva Palomino is undoubtedly one of the best snack bars in the city of Arequipa. It is located about 2 kilometers from the Historic Center, crossing the Chili River. The place, without any great pretensions in the decoration, is a traditional restaurant where it is served richly and in quantity, reason why it is always full of people from the place.

We recommend its Chupe de camarones (shrimp soup), its' Superpicante', stuffed rocoto, corvina a lo macho or malaya (kind of fish), all watered with the typical chicha de guiñapo (black corn beer) of the chicherías, or the popular Arequipeña beer.

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Manolo's Arequipa

Restaurant Manolo's is located on one side of the Plaza de Armas, in Calle Mercaderes, and is known for its retro atmosphere full of mirrors and large tables. Like the Manolo's de Miraflores, it offers a great variety of sandwiches, triples, sandwiches, tapas, huge ice cream glasses and its infallible churros stuffed with delicacy.

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We still have many recommendations in the inkwell, but for space reasons we only wanted to recommend the 10 that we considered most important in the city. In the comments you can leave us some other places that you think may be on this list, they will be welcome!

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
February 2018

miércoles, 21 de febrero de 2018

Best hotels in Arequipa

Whether we have been visiting the White City of Arequipa, or the Misti Volcano and its surroundings, or we return to do some of the trekking or tours that are near the White City, now is the time to rest and sleep in one of the hotels in Arequipa.

From Peru Travels Blog we offer you a brief list with some of the best hotels in Arequipa catalogued by cheap, mid-range and luxury, that we have found among the opinions and valuations of their clients in several webs and forums.

Cheap accommodation & Backpackers

Le Foyer is one of the cheapest lodgings recommended for its relation quality-price. It is located only a couple of blocks from the Plaza de Armas and half a block from the nightlife venues. The comfortable and clean rooms have TV and hot water. It includes a simple breakfast on its terrace with beautiful views. S/ 70 double room.

Albergue Español is one of the most recommended places for its quality and price. This youth hostel situated 300 metres from the Plaza de Armas and 500 metres from the convent of Santa Catalina has simple rooms with vaulted ceilings. Some rooms have private bathroom and cable TV. An eco-hostel that uses solar panels to supply the building with hot water. Its terrace has a beautiful view of the Misti volcano. The price per shared room S/ 23.

MB Backpackers is another great option. Located 20 meters from the Plaza de Armas and 200 meters from the monastery of Santa Catalina. Facilities include shared kitchen, games room, terrace overlooking volcanoes and bar. It is allowed to have a barbecue on the terrace by first asking for permission at reception. The prices of the beds are between S/ 25 and S/ 30.

Bothy Backpacker Hostel defines itself as a hostel with a great party atmosphere. Aimed at a youthful and international audience, its facilities have a pool table, beer pong table, lockers, and a bar called "William Wallace" where live sports events are broadcast accompanied by drinks and cocktails. Located a few blocks from the square (after the monastery of Santa Catalina) has a beautiful views of the volcanoes from its sunny terrace. Prices range from S/ 23 for the shared room. Breakfast from 8.00 am to 12.00 pm.

Wayra B&B Hotel is located 6 blocks from the Plaza de Armas. Its facilities are modern, spacious and with a quiet atmosphere, something not very common in the center of Arequipa. Rooms have private bathroom, cable TV and Wi-Fi in all areas. The hotel also has a garden, cafeteria and a beautiful terrace with views. Room 2 beds S/110.

Mid-range hotels in Arequipa

Casa de Melgar is one of the most recommended hotels in mid-range accommodation in Arequipa. Built in the 18th century, it has ceilings with stone domes, interior gardens and all the comforts. Located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, is a romantic and quiet option with a classic and elegant atmosphere. Room S/ 174.

Torres de Ugarte is a beautiful hotel located 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, close to monastery of Santa Catalina and Casa de la Moneda. With a colonial atmosphere, it has quiet and comfortable rooms, something that is appreciated in the center of the city. At the top of the building there is a beautiful terrace with views of Arequipa. Double room S/197.

Casa Arequipa is located relatively close to the Historic Center of Arequipa, in the neighborhood of Vallecito. Designed with a beautiful pink colour, it has spacious rooms with its own name, with all kinds of amenities such as plasma TV and Wifi, terrace and bar on the roof terrace, also a shared kitchen. Clients highlight the friendliness of the service, which is also gay-friendly and offers information about tours in the city. Double room S/ 223.

Casablanca Hostal is located close to the Plaza de Armas. It is a colonial style mansion, with wooden floors and built with white volcanic ashlar, which gives it a special beauty. The terrace offers an outstanding panoramic view of Arequipa. Its rooms have all the comforts and own bathroom. Single rooms cost S/ 112. Double room are around S/ 170.

Casa de Ávila is located about 400 meters from the Plaza de Armas. It is a beautiful house built in white ashlar, with an interior garden with sunbeds and parasols. It has large rooms with all kinds of amenities, some with exterior terrace. Other facilities are a games room and a traditional food restaurant. Clients highlight the breakfast buffet. Double room S/198.

Dreams Boutique Hotel is a modern space of elegant decoration, with leather and marble. It is located relatively close to the Plaza de Armas, in the quiet neighborhood of Vallecito. Its facilities stand out for its amenities, large windows, work area and massage area. Double room S/212.

Luxury hotels in Arequipa

A classic luxury hotel in the White City is the Libertador Arequipa, located about 15 minutes from the Historic Center. Spacious rooms with all the comforts that a 5 star hotel can offer. Inside we find the restaurant Los Robles, extensive gardens with outdoor swimming pool, gym, whirlpool bath, sauna and other massage treatments. The double room has a price around S/ 480.

Casa Andina Select Arequipa is another of the city's most renowned hotels, located right next to the Plaza de Armas and next to the Cathedral. It has an outdoor swimming pool and elegant, comfortable and spacious rooms, equipped with private bathroom, minibar and safe. The hotel's bar has a large terrace with beautiful views of the city. The price of the double room is around S/ 340.

Katari Hotel at Plaza de Armas is situated, as its name suggests, in the Plaza itself, opposite the Cathedral. Its decoration has a marked colonial style, with furniture and art from that period, which is also reflected in its elegant rooms. Its beautifully decorated roof terrace has stunning views of the city and volcanoes. Double room S/ 343.

Posada del Puente is located in a quiet area on the border of the Chili River, only 9 minutes walk from the Casa del Moral and 11 minutes from the monastery of Santa Catalina. Rooms are spacious and simple, equipped with all the comforts. Suites have a whirlpool bath and balcony overlooking the river. It also has a restaurant, gymnasium and business center. The price of the single room is around S/ 343.

Casona Plaza Hotel is a more modest hotel than its predecessors but with spacious and comfortable rooms and a cozy atmosphere. It has a simple restaurant with varied breakfasts, a terrace overlooking the city and a conference area. Some rooms have private jacuzzi. The double room costs S/ 230.

Around the Plaza de Armas we can also find good leisure alternatives for eating, dancing or listening to music. We'll tell you about it in the next post.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
February 2018

martes, 20 de febrero de 2018

8 Best Gifts and Souvenirs to Buy in Peru

In Lima there are several shops and handicraft markets where you can find all kinds of souvenirs, from the traditional Andean chullo, to coasters with the famous figures of the Nazca Lines.

If you don't want to get too far off the tourist route of Lima there are some options in Miraflores and downtown Lima, respectively, that can be a good option to make a stop and look good with your family, partner or friends.

It is important to remember in this post that in all the markets of Peru there is bargaining and that prices are not usually fixed. If the gift exceeds S/ 30, you can probably ask for discounts of up to S/ 5.

The best known and most complete is undoubtedly the Mercado Inca, in Av. Petit Thouars block 52, where you can buy souvenirs of all kinds and accept credit cards; in the Historic Center there are some options, especially next to the Plaza de Armas and the most complete of Jirón Camaná and Conde Superunda.

In the 9th block of Avenida La Marina, in the district of Pueblo Libre, you will find the Feria Avenida La Marina, where there is a great variety of handmade products and textiles, as well as silver jewelry, ceramics and wood carvings.

There are also some options with higher prices in Miraflores, Larco Avenue or the Peruvian jewelry store Ilaria, which has boutiques inside the Marriott Hotel (in front of Larcomar), in Saga Falabella or even at the airport. The airport may be the last option if you forgot or didn't have time to buy your gift, but the prices will be soaring.

There are Peruvian gifts that will undoubtedly be a pleasant souvenir for their color and shape. These are some of them.

Andean chullo

The chullo is undoubtedly one of the signs of Peru's identity. This is a hat with earmuffs made of wool, alpaca or other synthetic materials whose main mission is to protect the inhabitants of the Andean highlands from the intense cold of the mountains.

The origin of the chullo is in the Spanish colonial cap, to which the mestizaje included the earmuffs, tassels and Andean designs. The chullos that usually sell in large quantities in tourist markets in Peru are usually synthetic materials and should not exceed S/5- S/10 (US$ 1.5-3).

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Toritos of Pucará (Pucara Bulls)

These bulls made of ceramics are another example of the fusion between the colonial and the Andean. According to tradition, when the Spaniards arrived in Peru, they integrated some animals in the popular Andean festivals that celebrated the payment to the land or pacha mama. One of those animals was the bull, which was painted and adorned and then spiced in the nose.

The maddened bull ran back and forth licking his muzzle, his eyes peeled and his tail curled. This image -which can still be seen on the roof of many houses in Andean areas- is made up of two bulls (representing Andean duality) with a cross in the middle. It is said that these toritos protect families, generate fertility and give happiness to their owners.

Bulls usually have the color of clay, although it is also common to see them in different colors, representing that Andean duality we talked about. These toritos should not exceed S/30 (US$ 9).

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Ukuku Mask

Although at first glance this wool mask looks creepy, belongs to some demigods also called Pablitos or Pawluchas who parade in the Cusqueña party of Qoyllur Rit' i and whose mission is to guide the pilgrims and keep them at bay of possible abuses in the camps, often produced by alcohol.

These demigods are also in charge of fighting against Los Condenados ("the damned"), evil souls who grieve for the glaciers. The mask is usually white in color and embroidered with moustaches, eyebrows, and mouth and ear openings; most also have a Christian cross embroidered on their foreheads. These masks should not exceed S/20 (US$ 6) in any market.

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Peruvian Retablos

These beautiful wooden altarpieces originate from Ayacucho and can be composed of a scene from Andean daily life or even be divided into three parts that tell a story. In Lima they are usually sold wholesale and the creativity and detail of Ayacucho artisans is not so appreciated. One piece of information to buy some of these authentic altarpieces is the shop Las Pallas, Calle Cajamarca 212, district of Barranco. One of the small altarpieces is at S/55 (US$ 17).

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The Ekeko (Equeco) is a god of abundance, fruitfulness and joy and is a characteristic cultural representation of the Andean highlands, receiving worship in Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Chile today. On his back he carries objects related to wealth and fortune such as a house, a mattress, a car, a party serpentine, among others.

It is normal to light a cigarette and put it in your mouth as an offering to attract luck. There are also those who serve him a glass of pisco. There are different sizes, the largest one is around S/20 (US$ 6).

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Maras salt

This pink salt is particularly appreciated for its anti-inflammatory, healing and low concentration of sodium chloride, which helps to regulate our blood pressure. This salt is extracted from the salt mines of Maras, Cusco, and is particularly beneficial for hypertensive people with heart problems.

In Cusco, in the Mercado de San Pedro, we can find sachets of this salt by a sun. In Lima you will find salt shakers prepared with a small shredder for about S/ 20 (US$ 6).

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Tinplate craftsmanship

The tinplate craftsmanship is another jewel of the city of Ayacucho, known as "the Capital of Popular Art and Handicrafts of Peru". In the reconverted Handicraft Market "Shosaku Nagase", which was formerly the old prison of Huamanga, master tinsmith Teófilo Araujo sells candelabra, crosses, mirrors, butterflies, among other objects in this material.

The colors that predominate in these creations are the classic Andean: red, blue and yellow intense. One of these candlesticks can cost S/ 70 (US$ 21,5) in your Ayacucho workshop, although it can cost twice as much in several galleries in Lima.

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Sarhua Boards

These boards -made of molle or eucalyptus wood- show the life, customs and way of life of the people of Sarhua, located in the province of Víctor Fajardo, Ayacucho. One of its major representatives is the craftsman Evanan Poma, who recently held an exhibition of these boards in Lima.

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These are some of the most original souvenirs that you will find in Peru, although in the mentioned markets there are also small details such as magnets, key rings or bracelets of huayruro or other seeds that do not surpass the S/3 (less than one dollar). You no longer have an excuse to look bad!

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
February 2018

lunes, 19 de febrero de 2018

Misti Volcano and surroundings of Arequipa

In our previous post Meeting The White City of Arequipa, we wrote a list of the main religious buildings, museums and colonial mansions of the city of Arequipa, which were located around the Historic Center, declared a World Heritage Site since 2000.

However, very close to the city, we can find some other places of interest that will not require more than a day for your visit (except the Misti, which will take us a little more effort).

Misti Volcano

At 20 Km to the northwest of Arequipa (one hour in a 4x4 vehicle) we can reach the slopes of the Misti volcano (5,825 meters above sea level) which is undoubtedly the symbol that presides over the landscape of the White City of Arequipa.

The good weather of the area allows a climb without too many difficulties, giving visitors the opportunity to do a climbing session to crown the summit and observe a panoramic view of the city and other smaller volcanoes: Chachani and Picchu Picchu.

It is necessary to have good physical conditions and no asthma problems, because the expedition lasts 2 days, with an average of 12 hours of walking to the summit, spending the night at 4,610 meters above sea level. The descent will be faster, taking about 4 hours. The best time for this hike is between July and November, when the temperatures are higher.

Viewpoint of Yanahuara

At 2 km from the Historic Center of Arequipa (about ten minutes on foot) is located this great arches viewpoint, built in white ashlar in which verses of local poets were engraved in bas-relief and from where you can observe the volcanoes Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu.

The district of Yanahuara where the viewpoint is located is characterized by its narrow and intricate streets, houses with orchards and the church San Juan de Yanahuara, baroque style dating from 1750, which is located in the main square.

The weather from the viewpoint -like the city- is mild, with an average of 15ºC (with maximums of 22ºC and minimums of 5.5ºC). Between January and March there are some rainy days, but the sun is present during 330 days of the year. The opening hours are from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.


Sabandía is a beautiful and traditional village located only 8 km from Arequipa (20 minutes by car) is surrounded by the three volcanoes of the city: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu. In its narrow streets we can still find houses of colonial or republican style; in addition, its two swimming pools stand out, which were filled with cold water from the springs of the area. The price for these pools is S/ 2 for adults and S/ 1 for children.

Another possibility is to take a horseback ride through the countryside for about S/5.

Sumbay Caves

These caves are located 85 km north of Arequipa following the road to Caylloma (1 hour and 45 minutes by bus) and are within the limits of the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, behind the Misti Volcano.

It is one of the most important manifestations of rock art in the country, with more than 500 figures between 6,000 and 8,000 years old. His pictography, which is in a good state of conservation, represents camelids of the area, human figures, pumas, foxes and the extinct suri - species of rhea.

The scenes show the daily life of the hunters of the place attacking the animals while they seem to flee. In addition to these paintings, stone instruments such as spearheads and arrowheads were found in the caves and adjacent areas. Also disc knives for cutting meat and bone used for cleaning skins, hard tissue and even for sewing.

Bike Rental

One fun and affordable option we can recommend is bike rental. Practically every travel agency will give you that alternative for about 100 S/ 100 per day, including gloves, helmet, and map of the area. These companies organize mountain bike volcano descents in the Chachani and Misti and can adjust to the times of the groups.

After these tours to the outskirts of the city of Arequipa we are surely looking forward to a good place to sleep and eat a good plate of traditional food. Continue reading our blog to learn more about where to sleep in Arequipa and where to eat in Arequipa.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
February 2018