The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca

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  • 1. Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    You can't miss the imposing twin bell towers of this 1612 cathedral, with a facade guarding the entire eastern flank of the Plaza de Armas....Read More

  • 2. Monasterio de Santa Catalina

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A city unto itself, this 5-acre complex of mud-brick, Iberian-style buildings—a working convent and one of Peru's most famed cultural treasures...Read More

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  • 3. Museo Santuarios Andinos

    Museum/Gallery

    Referred to as the Juanita Museum, this fascinating little museum at the Universidad Católica Santa Maria holds the frozen bodies of four young...Read More

  • 4. Casa del Moral

    House/Mansion/Villa

    One of the oldest architectural landmarks from the Arequipa baroque period was named for the ancient mora tree (mulberry tree) growing in...Read More

  • 5. Casa Goyeneche

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This attractive Spanish-colonial home was built in 1888. Ask the guard for a tour, and you'll enter through a pretty courtyard and an ornate...Read More

  • 6. Casa Tristan del Pozo

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This small museum and art gallery, sometimes called Casa Ricketts, was built in 1738 and is now the Banco Continental. Look for the elaborate...Read More

  • 7. Casona Iriberry

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Unlike the other mansions, Casona Iriberry has religious overtones. Small scriptures are etched into its structure, exemplifying Arequipa's...Read More

  • 8. Chaqchao Chocolate Factory

    Tour–Sight

    Educate your passion for chocolate at this store and workshop where you learn how it gets from bean to bar by making tasty treats from fair...Read More

  • 9. Convento de la Recoleta

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Peru's most extensive and valuable libraries is in this 1648 Franciscan monastery. With several cloisters and museums, it's a wonderful...Read More

  • 10. Iglesia de la Compañía

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Representative of 17th-century religious architecture, the complex was built by the Jesuits in 1573 and its series of bone-white buildings...Read More

  • 11. Iglesia de San Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 16th-century church has survived numerous natural disasters, including several earthquakes that cracked its cupola. Inside, near the polished...Read More

  • 12. Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With hints of the Islamic style in its elegant brick arches and stone domes, this cathedral carries an aura of elegance. Step inside to view...Read More

  • 13. La Mansión del Fundador

    House/Mansion/Villa

    First owned by the founder of Arequipa, Don Garcí Manuel de Carbajal, La Mansión del Fundador, about 6.5 km (4 miles) outside Arequipa—about...Read More

  • 14. Mercado San Camilo

    Market/Bazaar

    This jam-packed collection of shops sells everything from snacks and local produce to clothing and household goods. It's an excellent place...Read More

  • 15. Molino de Sabandía

    Building/Architectural Site

    There's a colorful story behind the area's first stone molina (mill), 7 km (4 miles) southeast of Arequipa. Built in 1621 in the gorgeous...Read More

  • 16. Museo Arqueológico

    Museum/Gallery

    With a solid collection of native pottery and textiles, human-sacrificed bones, along with gold and silver offerings from Inca times, this...Read More

  • 17. Museo Histórico Municipal

    Museum/Gallery

    This history museum provides an overview of Arequipa's development into a modern city. Highlights include a photo and caricature gallery of...Read More

  • 18. Reserva Nacional Salinas y Aguada Blanca

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Herds of beige-and-white vicuñas, llamas, and alpacas graze together on the sparse plant life in the midst of the open fields that encompass...Read More

  • 19. Yanahuara

    Neighborhood/Street

    The eclectic little suburb of Yanahuara, northwest of the city, is perfect for lunch or a late afternoon stroll. The neighborhood is above Arequipa...Read More

  • 20. Yura

    Town/Village

    About a half-hour drive from Arequipa, this serene little town is settled in the western foothills of the Volcán Chachani. Take the road 27...Read More

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