You´ll be picked up directly at your hotel at the designated time and we´ll head towards our first stop, Yanahuara´s Main Plaza and the elaborately carved San Juan Bautista Church. Here the traditional Spanish Colonial architecture is enhanced by a very special building material- ´sillar´, white volcano ash. From the Yanahuara Viewpoint, which was built in the 19th century and whose stone arches are engraved with the words of notable Arequipeños, you´ll see the entire city from a new vantage point, along with Mount Misti volcano. We´ll also be able to appreciate the views from the next looking-point, Carmen Alto, which will introduce to us the Chilina Valley. Although Arequipa, the White City, is known for its beautiful architecture, its countryside is no less idyllic. The city is surrounded by pre-Inca terraces (still in use in the country districts of Paucarpata and Sabandia, which we´ll also be visiting) along the riverside and small picturesque towns with llamas and vicuñas.
At the 400 year old Sabandia Stone Mill, powered by a neighboring waterfall and worth seeing for its stately architecture alone, you´ll have the chance to see the traditional method of grinding grains. We´ll also visit the rural and traditional area of Paucarpata, where we´ll appreciate a striking set of Inca and pre-Inca terraces still in use along which wander alpacas and vicuñas. After visiting Paucarpata´s Plaza we´ll continue onward to the Founder´s Mansion. Built by the city´s founder in the 16th century, it was uniquely remodeled by Mr. Juan Crisóstomo in 1785, and is therefore also known as Goyeneche Palace. At Tingo there´ll be a food court in a tree-lined avenue where you can sample treats from Arequipa, such as buñuelos (Latin doughnut holes) and anticuchos (Peruvian shish-kabob).
From there we´ll ascend the town hill of Sachaca, where we´ll pass the houses stacked up on the slope like stairs. We´ll pass through the Main Square with its centuries-old Roman-inspired church with white bell-house. Our goal is one final lookout from which to learn about Arequipa. From here you´ll see the city in its entirety, the three volcanoes, the countryside, Tiabaya, Goyeneche Palace, and Hunter District.
Our last stop is the Bridge of Iron or Bolívar Bridge, designed by Gustavo Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame in the 19th century. It was shipped over in parts from Europe before beginning its train journey to Arequipa for assembly.
- Hotel Pick-up
- Tourist Transport
- Entrances to the Trip Sites
- Professional Licensed Guide