Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city and it’s located in the Peruvian Andes, sitting at an altitude of 2,335 meters above sea level. Many travelers have described Arequipa as the most beautiful city of the Andes due to its impressive colonial architecture, historical attractions, and natural wonders. Dare to discover Arequipa and its surroundings, you surely won’t regret it.
This outstanding city played an important role during colonization since it was one of the principal economic centers of the country. However, the region was previously inhabited by natives who took advantage of the Chili river valley around 6,000 years ago.
Due to the Spanish influence, Arequipa’s old town is recognized as the most visually striking historical center in Peru due to its authentic architecture and structures built entirely of a white volcanic stone. For that reason, Arequipa is also known as the White City.
The Historic Center of Arequipa comprehends over 500 historical monuments which granted recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000. Therefore, this location has become an important tourist attraction overtime
In addition to the fascinating scenery of the region, Arequipa is guarded by the imposing Misti, Picchu Picchu, and Chachani volcanoes. This region holds many other natural wonders like the famous Colca Canyon and the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve.
For these and more attractions, Arequipa has gained popularity among travelers. Recent stats show that the so-called White City receives over 2 million tourists per year, making it one of Peru’s most visited regions.
How is the Weather in Arequipa?
The climate condition in Peru varies according to its different regions. However, the Andes have two stationary seasons and Arequipa isn’t so different from the rest of the region.
-Dry Season: It takes place between May and October. It is considered as the coldest season of the year though rain is nearly nill during this period.
- Rainy Season: It transitions from October to December, but it finally settles from January until April. Small chances of rain are expected throughout the region. However, days are warmer with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 9°C.
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How to Get to Arequipa?
Depending on the time you might have to complete your trip and the type of experience you’re looking for, there are different ways to reach the White City:
- By Bus: For those looking to explore Peru like a local expert, bus travel is the best option. Luckily, Arequipa is easily accessible by bus, either you’re coming from Lima, Cusco, or any other part of the country.
- By Flight: For travelers with a short itinerary, we highly recommend taking a flight to Arequipa. That way you will save time to explore the different destinations you’d like to visit.
-By Train: Arequipa is also accessible by train rides, either you start in Cusco or Puno, you’ll have an exclusive experience through the Peruvian Andes.
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