Arequipa City Tour

When visiting the beautiful Arequipa the visitor can take in the spectacular neo-Renaissance Cathedral, the impressive Santa Catalina Convent, colonial mansions and museums, all of which are reason enough to visit Arequipa. On the outskirts of the city one can find many other attraction:

TOUR DESCRIPTION:

This Arequipa tour includes the following visits:

We will star our tour in CARMEN ALTO is a traditional place located in Cayma town. , 4 Kms away from the Arequipa Main Square. Its streets are quiet and pleasant. It has beautiful well conserved terraces narrowed by stones. These terraces are used for cultivation, and there were built since Pre Inca times by the “Yarabayas”. Also, there are ancient pathways that are still in use nowadays. In Carmen Alto begins the irrigation ditch that irrigates some of Cayma and Yanahuara agricultural fields. Down the way there are springs that increase the river volume. Also, a beautiful landscape of the three volcanoes Chachani, Misti and Pichupichu are seem. The weather in Carmen Alto place is perfect for typical plants nursery like “tumbo” and “papaya arequipeña”.

YANAHUARA:

Traditional and elegant neighborhood, located 2 km away from Arequipa downtown, 8 min by car. Yanahuara has decorated, narrow streets. The typical houses keep their ancient architectural treasures, they were built with “sillar” (a volcanic white stone).

It has a famous church built on 1750 and the front is sculpted with baroque style. We can find also the well known Yanahuara viewpoint built on XIX century. It is made with sillar too and has multiple arcs carved with poems fragments written by illustrious poets from Arequipa. From this viewpoint we can see a spectacular view of the city and Misti volcano.

BARRIO DE SAN LÁZARO:

5 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in the city of Arequipa.

This neighborhood of narrow streets, narrow passages, small squares and large houses is the most representative of the former Arequipa. In that place were Dominican priests in 1538, building a chapel for the evangelization of the natives of that place and prepare the ground for founding a new Spanish city. Highlights a small bridge that connects the church of San Lázaro today and its square with the rest of the neighborhood.

THE CATHEDRAL:

Was built in neoclassical style, and is considered the colonial architecture work, unique in the world. The cathedral is between the 70 churches authorized in the world to unfold the standard of the Vatican. It was built on 1656 over surface of 20, 0000 square meters, with sillar (white volcanic stone) and brick vaults. It was destroyed by a fire on 1844 and two earthquakes that shook the city. It was rebuilt at the end of XIX century.

Inside it has a great lamp of Sevillian bronze, marbles of carrara and a pulpit carved in wood of cedar by the scultor Rigot in France. It has a beautiful organ brought from Belgium, this is one of greatest in South America.

AREQUIPA’S MAIN SQUARE:

It is one of the most beautiful main squares in South America. It is surrounded by three colonial Portals . The Portales are made by stone which is carefully sculpted. In the middle of the main square there is a beautiful fountain built on 1730. It has a bronze sculpture called TUTURUTU, which represents an ancient soldier playing a trumpet.

COMPAÑÍA DE JESÚS CHURCH, SAN IGNACIO DOME Y CLOISTERS:

La Compañía was built between 1654 an 1698. It is considered the best expression of the Spanish American mestizo baroque style. This front is a clear exponent of mestizo art, where the grotesque art carved on sillar is the symbiosis of Hispanic and native cultures. Inside the church there are pictorial pictures among them, Bernardo Bitti, and three golded altarpieces. In the sacristy there are paintings from cuzqueña school. Constructed by Jesuits for religions and living purpose. The cloisters were built on 1738, and their arcs and carved cornices are conserved intact. There are gargoyles (feline head) in the high parts of the arcs, which served to drain upper parts of the buildings on rain time. It has three patios, the last patio has an exit to another street. The Chapel of San Ignacio, is very well-known, because it is compared with the Sistine Chapel in Rome – Italy. It is formed by a dome like a half orange.

SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH AND COMPLEX:

This complex, built on XVI century, takes in the San Francisco Church, the convent and the minor chapel known to be from the third Franciscan Order. It is surrounded by a square with the image of St. Francisco de Asis and Jaranda trees. The floor of this square is made of granite stone and river stone. The church with a late romantic style, has sillar and brick facade of a mestizo style. We also have the sacred art museum, Pinacoteca Gallery in which we have on display a diverse variety of paintings, priest ormaments and silver utensils dated from XVII century. Next to the cloister there is a short passage called “el Manguillo de San Francisco”, where now a days we have a craftmanship comercial place. Its name is “Fundo del Fierro”.

SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY:

This is the most important colonial architectonic monument that Arequipa has. It was built to lodge the daughters of the distinguished families in the city. The monastery was inaugurated in 1580, and it was closed to the world until 1970. It occupies an approximated area of twenty thousand square meters. It is a like a small city stopped on time. It displays diverse types of architectonic buildings. It is divided in distributed districts, similar to the first districts of Arequipa with small and nice streets with its own names like Sevilla, Granada, Burgos, etc. It has a small square called “Zocodover” and in the middle of it there is a fountain. Also it has 2 museums, one is the Zurbaran room and the other bigger where there are 400 paintings.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Private transportation
  • An official tourist guide
  • All entrance tickets and fees.
  • Tour as described

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Extras.
  • Tips or taxes.
  • Hotel in Arequipa.