Arequipa is known as "the White City" and although it has a quiet vibe it is in fact the 2nd largest city in Peru, albeit just 1 tenth of the metropolis of Lima.
It is often refered to as the most beautiful city in Peru due to its fantastic colonial buildings many constructed from a locally obtained volcanic rock called "Sillar" . The city center is in fact a UNESCO world heritage site.
The volcanic mountains of Misti and Chachani serve as a backdrop to the city and are popular climbs or day trips for mountain bikers.
Around the city there are several notable attractions that you might want to visit such as the Monestry of Santa Catalina which is a sprawling complex full of brightly painted buildings.
Most tourists try to see the Inca Ice Maiden "Juanita" which is located in the Museum Santuarios Andinos close to the main square - check in advance the times and that she is out on a travelling exhibition elsewhere though.
Probably the most popular tour from Arequipa though are trips out to Colca Canyon which can range from 1 day (a very long day though and a bit rushed) to 2, 3 and more days.
The area also makes for some great treks from a few days to a week or more and rafting on the Chilli River is another great option for adventure seekers.
This tour will take you around the beautiful city of Arequipa, known as the Peruvian "White City" - take this half day tour and experience the best this city has to offer. Leaves daily, four times a day - you can choose the time that you prefer.
This is a unique bike tour that will take you around the wonderful landscape surrounding the city of Arequipa, Peru. Professional guide and top quality bikes will make this experience unforgettable. Leaves daily, pickup from your accommodation included.
Perfect for motivated beginners, rafting on the Chili River is an adventure (and fun!) activity that might become the highlight of your stay in Arequipa. Departs daily, three times a day. Hotel pickup is included as well as professional guides and top quality equipment.
A great downhill bike tour at the foot of Chachani volcano, starting in Arequipa, Peru. You will pass through the Aguada Blanca & Salinas National Reserve - this is the perfect tour if you want to combine adventure with amazing landscapes. Departs daily and lasts about 6 hours. Pickup from your accommodation in Arequipa is included.