Arequipa, Peru
The perfect 3 days itinerary

Arequipa, known as the 'White City' due to its many buildings made from sillar, a white volcanic stone, is Peru's second-largest city. Nestled at the foot of the Misti volcano, it offers a unique blend of colonial architecture, natural beauty, and a rich culinary scene. The city's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring the majestic Arequipa Cathedral and the intricate Santa Catalina Monastery. Beyond its historical allure, Arequipa serves as a gateway to the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, offering breathtaking landscapes and opportunities to spot the majestic Andean condors.

What to do in Arequipa?

This 3 days itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Arequipa. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Exploring Arequipa's Historic Heart


Start your day at the Plaza de Armas, the city's main square, surrounded by impressive colonial buildings, including the Arequipa Cathedral. Take a guided tour inside the cathedral to admire its architecture and artifacts.


Visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, a 'city within a city' that spans over 20,000 square meters. Wander through its colorful alleys, courtyards, and chapels, getting lost in its serene beauty.


Enjoy dinner at one of the traditional picanterías, where you can try local dishes like rocoto relleno (stuffed spicy peppers) and chupe de camarones (shrimp soup).

Day 2: Adventure in the Colca Canyon

Early Morning

Depart for a full-day excursion to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. The journey offers stunning views of the Andean landscape.


Arrive at the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, where you can witness the majestic Andean condors soaring above the canyon. Continue exploring the canyon, visiting traditional villages and hot springs.


Return to Arequipa and relax after a day of adventure. Consider visiting a local café or bar to unwind.

Day 3: Cultural Immersion and Leisure


Explore the Yanahuara district, known for its beautiful Andalusian-style church and viewpoints offering stunning views of the Misti volcano.


Visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos to see the famous 'Ice Maiden,' a well-preserved Inca mummy discovered in the nearby mountains. Spend the rest of the afternoon shopping for local crafts and souvenirs at the San Camilo Market.


End your trip with a leisurely stroll along the Chili River, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and reflecting on your journey.

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