Although Peru’s second largest city, Arequipa has a small-town feel and people will be quick to make you feel welcome. Arequipeñans are resolutely proud of their city – and they should be. Built from beautiful white ‘sillar’ stone, the whole historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and gives Arequipa its nickname, “The White City”. And with 300 days of sunshine a year, and an altitude of 2,328 metres, you can wake up to blue skies and a pleasant climate every day!
Overlooked by three volcanoes, and a short trip away from the world’s two deepest canyons, Arequipa is the perfect hub for some great outdoor adventures. It’s easy to get out of the city and find yourself climbing a volcano, mountain biking or white water rafting to name just a few activities.
If you’d rather spend your free time at a more leisurely pace, the city is packed with historic sights, markets and places to hang out. Or you can pick up some great Peruvian craftwork in the artisanal market and take a break in one of the many cafes and restaurants. There are also plenty of options when it comes to cheap but delicious meals.
When the sun goes down, Arequipeñans enjoy a good party, and the nightlife in the city doesn’t disappoint. If you're interested in learning salsa, there are free lessons once a week, and there are plenty of chances to practice your moves out on the town.
Arequipa never fails to leave an impression on people, and often keeps people here longer than they intended.
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