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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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