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Arequipa is the perfect destination to enjoy a vacation full of nature, adventure, history and delicious gastronomy. Named a World Cultural Heritage Site, this city is, without a doubt, one of those places that you have to visit at least once in your life. Here we leave you 10 tourist places in Arequipa that you should know.

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1. Misti Volcano

Arequipa has one of the most impressive destinations for the most daring travelers: Misti, a 5,822 meter volcano, more than 800 thousand years old and which is among the 16 active and potentially active volcanoes in Peru. If you are looking for a maximum adventure plan, we recommend ascending the Misti Volcano, a two-day journey surrounded by incredible landscapes, camping at more than 4,000 meters above sea level and with a totally unique arrival at the finish line: the view. of the Misti crater.

How to get there: although you can see the Misti from practically any part of the White City, if you want to trek to the top we recommend hiring a tour, since it is a demanding hike, at high altitude and in which you need to be accompanied by a guide who knows the area and who can accompany you all the way.

2. Monastery of Saint Catherine

In the heart of the city of Arequipa is one of the great architectural works of colonial Peru. This is the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a cloistered convent built in the 16th century and which has more than 20 thousand square meters that you can explore from end to end. Its colorful streets, interesting history and amazing architecture have made the Monastery of Santa Catalina one of the main tourist places in Arequipa.

How to get there: the Monastery of Santa Catalina is located just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa. If you want to visit it on your own, you will only have to follow Santa Catalina Street (located next to the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa) and continue along it for four blocks. If you prefer, you can join our City Tour in Arequipa, which includes a guided visit to the monastery and other places in the city.

3. National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca

Among the great natural places to visit around Arequipa is the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve. It is the home of the majestic Arequipa volcanoes that we mentioned previously, of typical animals of the Andean highlands such as the llama, the alpaca, the vicuña and the guanaco and of large lagoons in which birds such as flamingos live.

In addition, in this place are the Sumbay Caves, where more than 500 rock art paintings are preserved between 6,000 and 8,000 years old. Among the drawings that you can see here, are the typical camelids of this Andean region in a resting situation.

How to get there: to get to the Salinas and Aguada National Reserve you will have to take a taxi in the center of Arequipa that will take you to Chiguata, 25 km from the city. Once here, you have two options, continue with the taxi to the reserve or make the way on foot, in a simple walk that lasts around two hours.

4. Yanahura Viewpoint

If you are one of those who likes to have a 360 view of the city you visit, you have to visit the Yanahura Viewpoint. Located in the picturesque district of the same name, this viewpoint offers one of the most spectacular views of Arequipa, with the city at the foot of its three most representative volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu. Furthermore, another of the attractions of this place are its characteristic white ashlar arches, in which you can read phrases from illustrious people of Peru.

How to get there: the Yanahuara viewpoint is located just 10 minutes walk from the center of Arequipa, so you can get there on foot.

5. Choqolaqa Stone Forest

The cover photo of this article and one of the 10 places in Peru that you don’t know exist. The Choqolaqa Stone Forest seems like a landscape from another planet, the setting of a Hollywood Martian fiction or even a surrealist painting by Dalí. It is also known as Nueva Arequipa, and legend says that one day its inhabitants stopped respecting their Apus and as punishment everything turned to stone.

How to get there: From Arequipa you must go to Tisco, a journey that takes around 5 hours. From Tisco you can ask the locals how to get to Choqolaqa, which is about two hours away. Due to the complexity of getting there, we recommend hiring a tour operator that offers this visit from Arequipa.

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