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The San Francisco de Arequipa Cathedral


Arequipa travel takes you through the region of that name, and also the city with the same name, in southern Peru. It is the second largest city by population, which was in 2009 recorded as 904,931. The city lies in the mountainous Andes region, and its altitude is 7800 feet above sea level.

El Misti is a snow-capped volcano that looks over the area. The city is often called The White City because of the white volcanic rock used in building construction there. Arequipa has been named a UNESCO world heritage site, to recognize its historic integrity and architecture.

Arequipa tourism has become easier with modern modes of transportation, but one can still study the area from the footpaths of ancient civilizations that came before us. Some say that the city's name means "Yes, here", or "Ari quepay", in the tongue of the Quechua. The city of Arequipa was destroyed by an earthquake in the 1500's, and then re-established in 1540 by the Spanish.

Arequipa TravelThe region of most Arequipa travel routes stays dry and sunny most of the year. In August, the night may be colder, but the morning and afternoon are made warm by bright, brilliant sunshine.

The overall weather is fairly mild, and the temperatures fluctuate between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season actually lasts from January until March, but the rainfall amounts are only moderate.

Peru has large stadiums, and one of the largest is Estadio Monumental de la UNSA, found in Arequipa. It hosted some Copa America football games in 2004, and this event brought locals and tourists both to the area. One of the most well-known football teams in Peru also plays there, Melgar de Arequipa.

Peru's South Tour Corridor includes Arequipa as well as Cusco, Puno, Nazca and the Inca trail. Three stolid sentinel volcanoes look down on the city of Arequipa - they are PichuPichu, Chachani and Misti. Arequipa travel will take you to many natural attractions, including hot springs and volcanoes. Historical monuments and houses are also on the tourists' itinerary.

The Historic Centre in Arequipa, the Santa Catalina monastery and the Jesuits Architectural Complex are some of the more interesting spots you might want to visit as you travel in the Arequipa area.

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Surrounded by peaks over 5,000 meters high and guarded by Misti, a 5,874 meters high volcano, it's geography starts with the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world and the best place to spot condors in their natural environment.

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Reportedly, Peru Colca Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world. It's so deep, in fact, that it is believed to be twice as deep as the United States' Grand Canyon. You can access Peru Colca Canyon from Arequipa.

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The Historic Centre in Arequipa, the Santa Catalina monastery and the Jesuits Architectural Complex are some of the more interesting spots you might want to visit as you travel in the Arequipa area.

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Archaeologists have discovered that people have inhabited the fertile valleys of Peru Arequipa since 5000-6000 BCE. In the fifteenth century, the area was occupied by the Aymara Indians.





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