Arequipa Vacations

Part of Peru's tourist corridor which includes Cusco, Arequipa is known as the "White City" for its bright architecture of sillar, a volcanic stone. Spanish and Mestizo cultural attractions infuse the World Heritage-recognized Arequipa city center with diverse charms, notably the Santa Catalina Monastery. If Arequipa were a sports team, the Alpaca ... Read more
would be its mascot: the area is famous for Alpaca wool products and you will find Alpaca steaks on many restaurant menus. Under the shadow of the El Misti volcano and over 2000m above sea level, Arequipa is one of Peru's most unique cities.
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Arequipa

A LIVING LEGEND IN THE VERY HEART OF AREQUIPA – HOSTEL CISCO IN AREQUIPA – PERU

Welcome to the Hostel Cisco, located in the heart of the vibrant city white of Arequipa – Peru.
416 Street Palacio Viejo (five minutes walk from downtown Arequipa)

Choose to stay in one of our elegant guest rooms or pick from 9 different bedrooms types all with beautiful views to Misti Volcanium. As well as an extensive tours offering, the hostel Cisco has two stylish terrace coffe for guests to enjoy. So whether you are staying for leisure or are here on business, you can rely on our services to accommodate all your needs.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Charming city with some really great places to eat but the small streets are packed with cars which I found rather unpleasant.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

If you like a quaint colonial town, you would love Arequipa. It's a big city, but it gives a feel like a small town. It's best to walk around the town and enjoy the view. Surrounding mountains are amazing!

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São Paulo, Brazil

Arequipa is a beautiful historic city, known as the "white city" because of the constructions made out of a while vulcanic stone. It's surrounded by three snowy volcanos, which can be seen from anywhere you are. Weather is always sunny and locals are always wearing beautiful hats - make sure you have yours.

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San Luis Obispo

A lot of travelers pass right by Peru's second-largest city. But for anyone who takes the time to get off the bus and explore, you'll find back streets and inviting alleys filled with historical sites, culinary magic happening in little restaurants, a hip nightlife scene, gorgeous inns, and inspiring outdoor excursions to nearby volcanoes and to some of the world's deepest canyons.

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Lima, Peru

Downhill ice mountain "Chachani"
2 hours to reach the top of the mountain by car, 3 to 4 hour descent, very irregular soil, stones in the first part, sand in the second and highway the third. Medium dificulty, I hardly recomend previus experience in downhill or mountainbiking, no matter what the tour operator says, definetely not a ride in the park. Great place for biking!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Quick stop on the way to Colca Canyon. If you like buildings, this is the place for you. Personally, I wouldn't stop by again.

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Dublin, Ireland

Arequipa aka The White City, is Peru's second city. With amazing buildings & architecture the historic centre is a joy to stroll around. From the magnificent Cathedral to the Santa Catalina Monastery there is lots to see and do. Great food & friendly people & watching the sunset was an added bonus on my visit here.

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Brisbane, Australia

Beautiful Spanish Colonial Architecture, and set in a lovely valley with great weather. Arequipa is a charming city, and one I would highly recommend checking out.

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA

On the edge of the Altiplano, the southern coastal city of Arequipa is Peru's "Second City" - the second biggest after Lima and the second most popular among tourists after Cusco. The "White City" is also known for its many white stone buildings and the gateway to the nearby Cañon del Colca.

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